Research Papers on Judaism

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  • Jewish History and Spain's 'Golden Age'

    7 pages in length. Major changes occurred in the 11th century when the Umayyads steadily lost power as the Berbers rose in influence after capturing Cordoba in 1013 CE; the passing decades served as their barometer of progressing power. Cultural and commercial prominence became their focus as capitals and other cities were transformed into Meccas for the two very important elements. As these significant changes were taking place, one more addition would serve to establish an entire population as being both welcomed and honored: the Jews. Indeed, these individuals did not come empty-handed into their newfound environment; rather, they brought with them such important endowments as financial aptitude, politics, economic advisory, as well as a vast amount of humanities-related knowledge in the form of literature, academia and science. The blending of art, linguistics, philosophy, science and medicine rounded out a society that was heretofore underdeveloped in many of these areas. As such, the influence of so many learned Jews soon saw intellectuals and doctors alike holding some of the most important social/legal/political positions in the land. No bibliography.

  • A Review of the Eighteenth Century Play The Love Suicides At Sonezaki

    A 4 page discussion of the early eighteenth century play by Japanese dramatist Chikamatsu Monzaemon. This paper discusses the sexual and religious intonations of the play and discusses it from Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, Roman Catholic, and modern American perspectives. No additional sources are listed.

  • Karaite Sect's History

    A 7 page paper which examines the history and development of the Karaite sect. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Israelites and Codified Law

    A 7 page paper that discusses the laws given to the Israelites but that begins with an overview of the Code of Hammurabi, one of the earliest codified set of laws. The writer discusses: God's covenants with man as found in the Old Testament and the Torah, including the covenants with Adam, Noah, Abraham and Moses; Mosaic Law; Deuteronomy; the importance of the laws given at Sinai; and the Holiness Code found in Leviticus. Bibliography lists 11 sources.

  • Overview of Mosaic Dietary Laws

    This 18 page paper provides an overview of the Mosaic dietary laws, the laws set forth through the directives of Moses in the Old Testament. The Mosaic dietary laws, the laws imposed by the directives of Moses on the Israelites, extended from earlier restrictions that had been placed on the eating habits of the human race. The Old Testament is full of directives regarding food consumption and God’s law, and even Genesis addresses limitations imposed on certain types of food consumption. Bibliography lists 16 sources

  • 1010 to 70 AD History of the Israelites

    (3 pp) The attitudes imposed upon "the Chosen" people of Israel have been disruptive from their earliest beginnings. Fortunately there have also been some unifying factors along the way. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • History of Israel and the Impact of the Exodus from Egypt

    This 7 page paper discusses the effects that the exodus from Egypt had on the Hebrews and the founding of the Jewish faith. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Jewish Literature and the Jewish Family's Decline

    A five page discussion of the insights into Jewish families that can be found in Michael Gold's "Jews Without Money" and Tony Kushner's "Angels in America". Both authors are Jewish but both present Jews in a slightly different light than might be expected. Both depict a move away from traditional Jewish morals and mores. No additional sources are listed.

  • Religious Perspectives on Homosexuality

    A 5 page discussion of the contemporary views of the Catholic and Jewish religions on the topic of homosexuality. The author notes that while the mainstream components of these religious institutions have matured to the point where they accept homosexuality as a natural condition, the predominant view is that homosexual acts are an abomination in the eyes of God. Some factions of both Catholicism and Judaism have taken a more flexible opinion, however, and the continuing pressure of the issues is sure to result in a continuing trend toward greater receptivity. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Judaism, Christianity, the Talmud, and The Bible

    A 5 page paper which discusses many different elements of the Bible and the Talmud. The paper also discusses the definition of religion and then illustrates how it applies to Christianity and Judaism. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Religious Sentiments in the Hebrew Bible's 'Psalm 104' and 'Hymn to the Sun' in Akhenaten Compared

    This is a 4 page paper comparing the religious sentiments found in the “Hymn to the Sun” and “Psalm 104”. The Egyptian pharaoh Akhenaten (c. 1370 BC) is believed to have greatly changed the religious worship of the Egyptians. In his hymn to the Sun god, “Hymn to the Sun” or “Hymn to Aten”, Akhenaten wrote of the worship of one God, not many, his creation of the universe, the world, darkness and light, the elements of nature and man’s place on earth. This hymn and its religious sentiment was said to have influenced the early Hebrew writings which can be seen in Psalm 104 in the Hebrew Bible. Moses, similar to Akhenaten, prohibited the worship of images by the Hebrews and instead concentrated on the praise of the one God, Yahweh. Psalm 104, using similar language and sentiment, also outlines the one God which created the universe, the world, darkness and light, all the natural elements and man’s place on earth. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Old Testament Canon Development

    A 5 page paper that explains and discusses how the canon of the Old Testament came to be and why it is different for different religions. For instance, the Jewish Bible has 24 books, the Protestant Old Testament is comprised of 39 books, the Eastern Orthodox Bible, has forty-three books and the Roman Catholic Bible has forty-six books. The historical development of these versions of the Old Testament is presented. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Old Testament's Historical Canon Development

    A 6 page paper that discusses the development of the Old Testament canon in three major religious sects: Judaism, Christianity, and Roman Catholics. The writer begins by explaining the meanings of the words Bible and canon and then discusses the development of the Jewish Bible, including the role of Rabbi Johanan ben Zakkai and the Council at Jamnia in 90 A.D. How the books were selected for the Protestant and Roman Catholic translations is discussed next, with an explanation of protocanonical and deuterocanonical books and a list of the Old Testament books in the Apocrypha. Finally, the writer establishes the validity of the canon of the Old Testament. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Old and New Testaments and the Theme of Salvation

    This 7 page paper examines the theme of salvation as it is presented in both the Old Testament and the New Testament. This paper highlights the many similarities and differences that occur in the way salvation is explained by these different sections of the Bible. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Pentateuch or the Torah and Moses

    This 18 page paper covers the first five books of the Bible - called the Pentateuch or the Torah. This paper considers the role of Moses as historian, deliverer, mediator, leader and orator. Bibliography lists 11 sources.

  • The Mystery of Melchizedek

    A 4 page exploration of one of the more fascinating characters of the Bible. This paper traces what is known of Melchizedek through ancient writings and addresses the question of how he relates to the priestly role of Jesus. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Examining Religion

    This 3 page paper answers many questions about religion, and in particular the Bible. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Chosen People and Judaism

    A 4 page research paper on the history and religious tradition of 'The Chosen People.' The writer describes the concept of 'the chosen people' in Judaism and its role in Judaism and Jewish theology. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Comparing Islam and Judaism

    A five page paper which looks at the similarities and differences between these two belief systems, in terms of ethics, theology and metaphysics. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • An Analysis of Rabbi Kushner's Book, How Good Do We Have To Be?

    A 6 page analysis of Rabbi Harold S. Kushner's book How Good Do We Have to Be? In this book, Kushner addresses some of the traditional perspectives of Judeo-Christian theology. Specifically, Kushner reinterprets the Genesis story of creation in terms of twentieth century sensibilities. In so doing, Kushner addresses some centuries-old theological questions in terms that are easily accessible by the average reader. No additional sources cited.

  • An Examination of Arianism Theology

    This 5 page paper highlights the theology of Arianism, which is the ancient belief that Jesus was divine but not God. This paper considers Arianism in relation to Christianity, touching on the Council of Nicaea which eradicated this belief. Bibliography lists 6 sources.


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