• Armstrong, using historical and biblical texts, describes the evolution of Yahweh, the God of Israel.
• In the Temple of Judah, various prophets emerged who enunciated the message from Yahweh.
• The role of Yahweh now assumed the role of lord and master of history.
• The practice of pagan worship continued. Gradually however, the doctrine of exclusivity developed in the concept of Yahweh and adherents to any other religion or belief system were ruthlessly suppressed by the reforms of King Josiah.
• Armstrong next describes, after the destruction of the Sacred Temple and the diaspora of exile, how there emerged the concept of the synagogue and Rabbi.
• These developments coincided with the return of the Jews to Judah.
• The returning exiles brought their new ideas to those who had been left behind and these presaged a new era in Judaism and the continuing evolution of the God Yahweh.
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