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The prohibition of images in the Ten Commandments in Judaism and Christianity

Questions about understanding the text

BEFORE the exercise:
1. Is it allowed to get an idea of ​​God? Comment on this in writing. Explaine your oppinion:
Jump start: I think that ... Because ... For example ...
2. Now read the text on the left.

DURING the exercise:

Answer the question. When writing in full sentences, start at the beginning of the sentence in capital letters and end the sentence with a period. If possible, stick to the wording of the text when playing it back.

AFTER the exercise:

1. Name reasons for a ban on images in the Old Testament.
2. Do you know examples of picture words of God?
3. Explain why one was allowed to speak of God in figurative words
4. Describe the attitude of Christianity towards the ban on images.
5. Is it allowed to get an idea of ​​God? Check your opinion!

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The prohibition of images in the Ten Commandments in Judaism and Christianity

In the Ten Commandments (the difficult word for this is the Decalogue) it says:
"You shouldn't make yourself an image of God".
A pictorial representation of God is therefore forbidden.
Therefore, the Jews did something differently than the majority of the people of their time.
At that time, followers of other religions often depicted their gods as statues.
That was forbidden to the Jews by the Decalogue.
The biblical ban on images is very strict,
This differentiated Judaism from the other religions.
But why did the Jews not tolerate images of Yahweh, the only God?
It must have something to do with the experience that God is always different from what people imagine him to be.
The renunciation of any image of God contains a confession: the God of Israel is unmistakably different from all others and from everything else.
But it was allowed to be spoken by God in figurative words, for example “The Lord is my Shepherd”.

Christians have adopted the Ten Commandments from the Jewish Bible.
Therefore, the prohibition of images in Judaism was also observed by the early Christians up to the 3rd century.
From the beginning, however, there were images of Jesus Christ in the Christian communities that showed him, for example, as a good shepherd or a savior.
Some Christians also wanted to represent God.
This led to disputes in the church as to whether one should depict God in pictures or not.
In a letter to the Colossian church, Paul writes that Jesus is the image of the invisible God (Col 1:15).
Many Christians therefore asked themselves:
If you are allowed to paint pictures of Jesus, can't you also depict God himself?
At the Council of Nikaia in 787, the Church decided that images of God are permitted if they are not worshiped and if they are devotional.
All Christians must know, however, that images can never depict God himself, but only point to him.

(according to:
  1. Name the difficult word (technical term) for the Ten Commandments.
  2. Recite the prohibition of images from the Ten Commandments.
  3. Repeat how the gods of other religions were often depicted during this period.
  4. Name the only god of Israel.
  5. State the confession associated with the ban on images.
  6. Give again, until when did the first Christians obey the Jewish ban on images?
  7. Report who the first Christians had pictures of.
  8. Share what Paul wrote in the letter to the Kollosser church.
  9. Report where and when it was decided that images of God are allowed when they are not worshiped and when they are devotional.