The religion of the ancient israelites ? – Religion & Spirituality

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The religion of the ancient Israelites was what is now called
Judaism.

Jews have always worshiped the One God. God wrecked the Egyptian
idols (Exodus 12:12) and warned against idolatry (Exodus 22:19).
Abraham worshiped “the Lord God of Heaven and Earth” (Genesis 14:22
and 24:3) and complained about the Philistines’ lack of fear of God
(Genesis 20:11). Jacob confiscated the idolatrous images taken from
Shechem (Genesis 35:2) and got rid of them (Genesis 35:4); and
refrained from invoking the gods of Nahor (Genesis 31:53). Rachel
pilfered Laban’s statue-images (Genesis 31:19) in order to prevent
him from idolatry (Rashi commentary, ibid.). Joseph placed his hope
in the God of the Forefathers (Genesis 50:24). Moses characterized
the Golden Calf as “a great sin” (Exodus 32:21, 30) and punished
the worshipers (Exodus ch.32). During the rest of his lifetime and
that of Joshua (Judges 2:7), no incidents of Jewish idolatry were
reported.

Shortly before he died, Moses warned the people that he suspected
that they would eventually succumb to the lure of the idols
(Deuteronomy 29:17). Joshua gave a similar warning (Joshua ch. 24).

These warnings came true. Many of the Israelites went astray after
the foreign gods (Judges 2:11). However, the Jews
never invented their own idol
. It was always the baneful
influence of other peoples. And there were times when the entire
Jewish nation repented (Judges 2:1-4) and prayed to God (Judges
3:9, 3:15, 6:6, 10:10).

Because of the idol-worship that did happen, images of idols have
been found in Israel too. Images of God aren’t found because it is
forbidden to represent Him through imagery (Deuteronomy 4:15-16).

It should be noted that idolatry
was

never universal
among the Jews. The tradition of the One God
was handed down in every generation, whether by the few or the
many; and it is those who handed down the tradition whose beliefs
we Jews continue today. Deborah ascribed victory to God (Judges
4:14), Gideon tore down the idolatrous altar (Judges 6:25-27);
Samson prayed to God (Judges 16:28), as did Hannah (1 Samuel 1:11)
and Samuel (ibid. 12:18); Eli blessed in the name of God (1 Samuel
2:20), Saul built an altar to God (1 Samuel 14:35); Jonathan
ascribed victory to God (1 Samuel 14:12), as did David (1 Samuel
17:46); and Solomon built the Temple for God (1 Kings 8:20). A
number of the kings “did what was right in God’s eyes”: Asa (1
Kings 15:11), Yehoshaphat (1 Kings 22:43), Yehoash (2 Kings 12:3),
Amatziah (2 Kings 14:3), Azariah (2 Kings 15:3), Yotam (2 Kings
15:34), Hizkiah (2 Kings 18:3), and Josiah (2 Kings 22:2). Even at
the height of the unfortunate spread of idolatry among the
less-loyal Ten Tribes, there were thousands who remained loyal to
God (1 Kings 19:18).

And, of course, the Prophets, who spoke in the name of God and
warned against idolatry: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Hosea and so
on.

The sages of the Talmud, who ridiculed idolatry (Megillah 25b),
were simply continuing in the tradition of the Prophets whose
verses are quoted in that context (ibid.).

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