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The World's Religions - Chapter VI, Judaism, Meaning in Suffering, Summary & Analysis

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Chapter VI, Judaism, Meaning in Suffering, Summary and Analysis

Between the eighth and sixth centuries B.C.E., Israel was besieged by the powers of Syria, Assyria, Egypt, and Babylon. Through the prophets, God cajoled the nations of Israel and Judah to no avail, finally allowing them to be overcome. In the process, the Jewish propensity for digging for meaning became more important. Not to do so would have been a tacit acceptance that the gods of the conquerors were more powerful than Yahweh. Suffering of the people, therefore, produced learning and developed not only within the Jews, but later within all men a passion for freedom.

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