Week 6 -
World View Chart
Origin of All
According to Fischer, There are two stories of the creation of heaven and earth in
the Hebrew scriptures. The first story states that God, who is commonly
described as having no origin, gender or form, created the world and all its
contents, including man and woman in six days (Fisher, 2011, p. 242). God
created man and woman in his image and made them the masters of the earth.
The second story tells how God created Adam and Eve. God created Eve as an
offshoot of Adam and placed them in a garden paradise. While living in
paradise, Eve was tempted by a serpent who promised her wisdom if she would
only eat a forbidden fruit from the tree of knowledge against God’s will. (The
serpent is commonly interpreted as a manifestation of Satan.) Eve gave into the
temptation, and her and Adam ate the forbidden fruit, thus ending their
innocence and banishing them from the garden.
Although sometimes debated because of references made to multiple divine
God/Creator beings in early Hebrew scripture, Judaism is considered a monotheistic religion
as Fischer states in (page 245).
In Hebrew scripture, God is described as being without gender, without form and
as a transcendent creator. Even though God is described as being without gender,
God is usually referred to in the male singular terms (he and his).
Jewish people believe that they have a special covenant in their personal
relationship with God (Fisher, 2011, p. 242). Both God and humans alike, have
things to be accountable for. Humans are expected to be obedient to God’s
commands while God is thought to grant special favors and bound by the
agreement to his people.
The Jewish people believe that God is an all-powerful, personal God. He
intervenes many times throughout history to reward the righteous and punish the
A common theme in the Tanakh is the idea of exile; this issue repeatedly shows
up when people do not do as God commands. Jewish people are constantly being
banished from their spiritual home and made to seek it out once more. Althou...