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And it is the Jews who give the world an astounding legacy, the belief in one God.

This belief will become the foundation of two other great monotheistic religions, Christianity and Islam.

The way to understand Israel's relationship to the super powers—Egypt and Mesopotamia on either side—is to understand its own sense of its fragility as a people. I will make your name great." According to the Bible, this promise establishes the covenant, a sacred contract between God and Abraham.

The primary way in which the Bible looks at the origins of Israel is as a people coming to settle in the land of Israel. The Lord said to Abraham, "Go forth from your native land and from your father's house to the land that I will show you. To mark the covenant, Abraham and all males are circumcised; his descendents will be God's chosen people.

And so, some rabbis said, "Well, Moses couldn't have written those words himself, because he was dead and was being buried." For example, how many of each species of animals is Noah supposed to bring into the ark?

They start by digging into the Earth and the Bible.Then, I think, we are on a very sound ground, historically.Scholars search for intersections between science and scripture.Though they convey a powerful message, to date, there is no archaeology or text outside of the Bible to corroborate them.The farther back you go in the biblical text, the more difficult it is to find historical material in it. Genesis is, for the most part, a compilation of myths, creation stories, things like that, and to find a historical core there is very difficult.