"Shema Israel! An Investigation into the Meanings and Significance of 'Ehad in Deuteronomy 6:4-9"
Sergio Shoiti Matumoto, S.C.J. (Brazil)
Master of Arts major in Theological Studies with field of specialization in Biblical Theology.
Adviser: Sr. Helen Graham, M.M., Ph.D.
The Shemaʿ Yisrael (Deut.6:4-5) is an important verse of the Old Testament. It is recited by the religious Jews twice daily and even Jesus quoted this passage in Mark 12:29-30. It states that God is One and also the commandment to Love the Lord. This thesis investigates the meaning of ’ehad in the context of the Shemaʿ since there is no consensus among the translators if it should be translated as “one” or “alone”. The study notes grammatical as well as theological and historical arguments of the possible translations. It is considered that a more appropriate translation for today’s reader is “the Lord is One”. Also, the study discusses the meaning of Love in Deuteronomy and its significance since “Love the Lord” is a consequence of believing that “the Lord is One”. Moreover, it gives some meanings for the “Lord is One” and its relevance for today’s believers. This thesis also proposes a spirituality of unity and tolerance through the Shemaʿ and through the belief in One God because for believers in the past and for some in the present belief in One God leads to violent attitude towards those who who have other beliefs.
Date of Oral Defense: April 2, 2018
Board of Examiners: Fr. Mariano Cisco, C.S., S.T.L., S.T.D. cand., Fr. Rogel Anecito Abais, S.J., S.T.D. cand., and Fr. Manuel Montesclaros, S.J., S.S.L..
February 17, 2017 (Friday), 9:00 am, Tipanan ni San Ignacio, 2nd Floor Loyola School of Theology
Board of Examiners: Sr. Helen Graham, M.M., Ph.D. (Adviser), Fr. Renato Repole. S.J., S.T.D., and Fr. Mariano Cisco, C.S., S.T.L., S.T.D. cand.