The Shema‘

Source: The Complete Library of Christian Worship, Robert E. Webber, General Editor

The Shema represents the creedal affirmation of Jewish synagogue worship. It is comprised of three passages from the Pentateuch. The first of these is the most important; Jesus quoted it in response to a scribe who asked him which commandment was the greatest in the Law (Mark 12:28). The second and third portions may be shortened. The Shema is recited in the opening part of synagogue worship. This section gives a translation of the text of the Shema.

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