By Jonah Doctura | 2016
In The World, Past And Present, there are two major types of cultures: the Hebrew (or eastern) culture and the Greek (or western) culture. Both of these cultures view their surroundings, lives, and purpose in ways which would seem foreign to the other. With the exception of a few Bedouin nomadic tribes living in the Near East today, the ancient Hebrew culture has disappeared.
What happened to this ancient Hebrew thought and culture?
Around 800 BCE*, a new culture arose to the north.This new culture began to view the world very much differently than the Hebrews. This culture was the Greeks.
Abstract vs Concrete Thought.
Greek thought views the world through the mind (abstract thought).
Ancient Hebrew thought views the world through the senses (concrete thought).
Concrete thought is the expression of concepts and ideas in ways that can be seen, touched, smelled, tasted and/or heard. All five of the senses are used when speaking, hearing, writing, and reading the Hebrew language.
When the Ecclesia/church separated from the wisdom of the Torah after the expulsion of the Jews 70 AD, they looked for educated men among the Greek universities who had been schooled in Greek thought for their leaders. So they treated the scriptures allegorically looking for the “idea” behind the test rather than taking Scripture literally.
The Hebrew Perspective was unified rather than dualistic. Reality exists in both realms, the visible and invisible, and neither was better. So the physical world was not evil or inferior to the nonmaterial world.
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