Ancient Hebrews

Ancient Hebrews

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  • 1. Abraham
  • 2. Moses
  • 3. Naomi
  • God promised the Jewish people a nomad leader called Abraham. The Jews thought of Abraham as the first ruling father. Abraham is important in the development of the Jewish religion because he was the first one to teach that there was only one God. Before then, people believed in multiple gods. Abraham is also known as the Father of the Hebrews.
  • 4. Ruth
  • Moses was a Hebrew, that was born into the Levi tribe. They were the tribe that was God's spiritual leaders. The pharaoh was killing all of the male babies, so Moses' mom and sister put Moses in a basket and sent him down the Nile. When Moses was in Mount Sinai he received the Ten Commandments on two stone tablets from God. He was important in the development of the Jewish religion because he impacted Western civilization and taught them how to live because of these Ten Commandments.
  • 5. David
  • Famine hit Bethlehem and Naomi, her husband, and her two sons went to Moab. Her sons married but both Naomi's sons and husband died. Naomi went back to Bethlehem and Ruth came with her. When Naomi returned she changed her name to Mara, meaning bitter. She felt God had dealt with her bitterly. Ruth and Naomi both lived in poverty together. Ruth got remarried, and gave birth to Obed. Ruth's baby, Obed, helped get Naomi out of the bitterness she was in, and she changed her name back to Naomi. She was important in the development of the Jewish religion because she teaches that even though things get bad, it always changes.
  • 6. Yohanan ben Zaccai
  • Ruth was a Moabite princess who was upset that her people would idol-worship. She was given the opportunity to give up her princess privileges, to which she happily accepted. She had a new life in poverty with people who she admired. Ruth is important to the development of the Jewish religion because she knew that people should only worship the Messiah, not anyone else and she stood firm by her beliefs.
  • David was king from 1010-720 B.C. He is known for uniting the people in Israel, leading them to victory in battle, and conquering land. He is best known for having a few sticks and stones, and defeating the nine-foot Palestine giant, Goliath of Gath. David would later raid nomad cities who hurt the Jews and gave all the gifts to the leaders of Judah. He was an outlaw that became the 2nd king of Judah. These reasons are why David was important to the development of the Jewish religion.
  • Yohanan ben Zaccai was the youngest disciple of Rabbi Hillel. He is important to the develpment of the Jewish religion because he made sure to continue Jewish Scholarship after Jerusalem fell to Rome in the time of 70 C.E. Giving him the name the "father of wisdom and the father of generations"The city was under attack by General Vespasian. During the time Jerusalem was controlled by Zealots, people who would rather die than surrender to Rome. Yohanan ben Zaccai told them to surrender, but they refused. Faking his own death, he forced his disciples to take him in a coffin out of Jerusalem.
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