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Religion In examining the concept of monotheism in Jewish Christian and Islamic traditions two major points of reference need to be remembered First and foremost that all three of these religions worship the same God that being the God of Abraham Second it is equally important to understand that although these three religions fundamentally acknowledge scripture as the foundation of that monotheistic concept their individual interpretation of that scripture is quite different Many diverse contexts such as philosophy history ethnicity and gender have kept scholars aware of the fact that monotheism is not an abstract concept but an ideal that was formulated from the particular experiences of each individual community Monotheistic doctrine can then be interpreted as reflections of the experiences of religious communities Also important to note before we explore each religion individually is that these beliefs were formed from extensive debates and that those debates continue even into the 21st century Judaism is by far the longest existing religion of the three that we are to evaluate Although older Judaism and it concept of monotheism is quite different than its younger counterparts First Judaism has evolved from the symbols and idioms of Canaanite and Mesopotamian cultural traditions These two ancient cultures influences allowed and provided a means for Judaism to continuously reinterpret biblical images in terms of cultural traditions that the Jews themselves did not create In other words because the Jewish people were displaced so many different times over their history they were forced to adapt their beliefs about their scriptures in consideration of the cultural circumstances that surrounded them at the time It is in these reinterpretations that we see the two
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