About 3800 years ago a man, perhaps of Kurdish descent in Northern Iraq, parted ways with his people because he believed in a different god. To mark his genealogy he instituted the tradition of circumcision of infant boys. His name was Abraham. His god was YHWH, a formless Hebrew voice, who he believed was the one God of all.
Whatever may be the theology constructed by him for the ancestry of all humanity, one possible cause for the fratricidal rift with his past in blood libel, Abraham’s story of the divine cannot escape the myths and symbols of his lineage. Circumcision, male and female, is a distinctly African custom significantly predating Abraham.
Settlement in agricultural communities in the fertile river valleys, not displacement, is civilization. YHWH’s Abraham was displaced from the abundance of Tigris and Euphrates, from Jordan, and in his imagination of his past from the Niles. He was wandering away from his roots in Sumer and the Egyptian influence of the times, in exile.
The subversion of the collective unconscious of the dominant geopolitical forces of the period of existence of Abraham and his descendants had set in motion the political necessity to carve out geographic space to practice his beliefs: Books 1 and 2 of Moses the law giver – Abraham’s descendants after his Covenant with his god – Genesis (in Africa) and Exodus (from Africa), culminate the theology of subversion of a Hebrew man of the Ziggurat of Ur at Babel.
The formlessness of the divinity and the burning fire of the scripture of Abraham and Moses had, despite the largely correct story of our common human origins even though the proto-language may not have been Hebrew to end in the babble after Babel, divested Hebrews of the attributes of society, culture, which is synonymous with civilization, the very attributes from which Abraham had voluntarily removed himself in the pursuit of the abstraction of one God.
Israel, instead of burrowing into the collective unconscious of other beliefs in the tradition of Abraham to establish the primacy of the theology of YHWH by going to war with civilization (a trait inherited by Roman Christianity, Protestant evangelism, and Wahabbi Islam which seek conversion to Jesus the Jew including of the Jews) must seek to understand that the law of Moses is but one path among many to the notion of one God.
Hebrew enlightenment by the law of YHWH, just as the Covenant of circumcision had divested Abraham’s clan of male foreskin, enforced that all Hebrews abide by the laws of Moses etched in stone, saved in the Ark, and as the Jews believe, beneath the Temple of Solomon of the United Kingdom of Israel in the Holy City of Jerusalem.
The Jews must be given the four holy cities – Jerusalem, Hebron, Safed, and Tiberias – in Palestine and other cities where they are in majority – Haifa, Ramla, Tel Aviv, Beersheba, Judea and Samaria, whatever the politics of the establishment of the State of Israel since Theodr Herzl and 1948. They must be allowed to rebuild their temple and look for the Commandment tablets of Moses in the Ark, which they believe, is buried beneath.
Christianity has Rome for Catholicism, Athens and Moscow for Orthodoxy, and London for Anglicanism.
Islam has Mecca and Medinah and the Shiite holy shrines in Iran. Muslims must move their Mosque (Dome of the Rock since the Caliphate) from the site of the Temple of Solomon.
God, however, is not an abstraction. It is the autonomously self-organizing regenerative cyclicality of all existence, forever morphing between form and formlessness.