• Israel’s Creed Article by Bryan Estelle

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2013

    The Shema begins with these words: “Hear, O Israel: the LORD our God, the LORD is one” (Deut. 6:4). The verbal imperative that begins this core affirmation for the Hebrews breaks forth from the text like a rosy dawn. Interestingly, the same appeal, “Hear, O Israel,” introduces the recounting of the Decalogue that begins in Deuteronomy 5:1. This indicates the significance of the utterance. Among the 5,845 verses in the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Bible), this creedal statement is definitely a keynote, as demonstrated by the significant roles this confession of faith subsequently played in the development … View Resource