Greener Journal of Art and Humanities Vol. 3 (2), pp. 019-023, August 2013
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The Quest for the Roots of the Judaic Monotheism in African Perspective
Sangotunde Sunday O.
School of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Religious Studies, Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo, Ondo State.
Email: akinawoyemi @ yahoo. co . uk
History has made us to understand that the beginning of Judaism can be traced to the Israelites’ Patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob who lived up to 1900BCE. After Jacob went to Egypt, an African country, with his twelve sons who later became symbolic representation of Israel’s twelve tribes genealogical arrangements and with his seventy grand children, the Jews experienced a great multiplication which is as a result of the fulfillment of promises made to Abraham, their progenitor during his initial call (Gen. 12:1-7, Gen. 15:1-3, Gen. 17:1-9). However, the actual beginning of Judaism as a religion has been opened to rigorous academic debates over the years. Ideas like Judaism as a religion started with Abraham during his call or with Moses at Mount Sinai at the great revelation in about 1400BCE or when God gave the Ten Commandments to the Israelites are prevailing issues. These have been carefully examined within the context of Israelites’ historical development, the biblical narratives and archaeological discoveries from the Middle Ancient Near East studies. This has helped to find out that Judaic monotheism evolved as an off shoot of contacts with religious traditions from Egypt in Africa by Moses, the Law giver and an “Egyptian Prince” under the influence of the religious reform led by Pharaoh Akhenaten.
Keywords: Judaism, Isrealites, Egypt, Religion, Africa.