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What was the biblical name of the religion or faith Avraham belonged to? the word he used to distinguish his faith from other, pagan belief systems?

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that edit is perfectly fine and does not at all change the meaning of the question thanks @msh210 for helping out –  Ali Mar 3 '13 at 6:05
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I don't think there's such a thing in the Bible as a noun for any belief system. My gut tells me that that level of abstraction in language may not have existed yet at all in Biblical times. –  Isaac Moses Mar 3 '13 at 6:54
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@DoubleAA I wouldn't have thought he spoke English, but if you can argue (or have evidence) for that answer, then I suggest you post it as an answer. –  msh210 Mar 3 '13 at 7:13
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we don't know what word he used because he didn't write down the torah. The text in Gen 14:13 refers to him as an Ivri a few verses before he makes an impassioned statement regarding his belief in god. –  Danno Mar 3 '13 at 12:39
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Also, HaShem told Moshe to call Him "G-d of the Hebrews" when speaking to Pharaoh. –  Seth J Mar 3 '13 at 13:46

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There’s no indication that Avraham’s belief system had a name. In fact, there is no word used in Tanach for any belief system so far as I know. (Or, for that matter, for the concepts of “belief system” or “philosophy” or “religion”.) Tanach mentions the worship of this pagan god or that pagan pantheon, and contrasts them with the worship of the One God of Israel.

From Jewish tradition associated with Avraham’s hospitality, we can guess at the core of what he himself taught: there is one God, God the All-Sufficing (El Shaddai), to Whom we owe gratitude for everything we have.

Avraham also knew of God’s Justice (cf. Bereishis 18:25), and taught that God demands righteousness/charity and justice from His followers (ibid. 19).

But I repeat, there is no word associated with this philosophy or religion found in Tanach.

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