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Salvation History and Jewish Identity Throughout the ages the history of the Jewish people has been passed on and symbolized through Creation Revelation and Redemption the three main components of the Salvation History Elements of these components are re-enacted daily weekly and yearly in rituals so as to recognize give tribute and remembrance to the mythical history of the Jews It is through the events of Creation Revelation and Redemption that communal identity of the Jewish people was created This identity has been sustained through the rituals of the Salvation History from the mythic past throughout time and still today In understanding the rituals that came out of the mythic past of the Jews it is first important to understand the three main components of the Salvation History It was the Jews beliefs and practices about these three components of the Salvation History that created strong ties between the Jewish community The first event of these three that occurred in the mythical history was Creation It is sacred history that is accepted as a true account of the past as to how this world and all of its creatures came to being In the history of the Jews it is in Creation that God first reveals himself This part of Salvation History is where God first engages himself personally in the lives of Jewish ancestry Holdrege Lecture 11201 A main significance of the Creation myth in Jewish life lies in the first chapter of Genesis where God observes all that he has made on Earth And God saw everything that he had made and behold it was very good Smart and Hecht 50 Thi s passage has particular importance because it tells the Jews that what God has done on Earth including their creation is good This means that anything that is not good on Earth is the fault of humans To sanctify the actions of God in the mythical past the Jews have
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