Why do Jews believe they are God’s chosen people?

Write a short essay explaining why Jews believe they are God’s chosen people, even though they have been dispersed all over the world, often suffering significant persecution. What are they chosen to do?

Why do Jews believe they are God’s chosen people?
Write a short essay explaining why Jews believe they are God’s chosen people, even though they have been dispersed all over the world, often suffering significant persecution. What are they chosen to do?

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God’s relationship with the Jewish people
In the Hebrew Bible, why did God pick the Jews as God’s chosen people?

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Think theologically and contextually, rather than historically and universally.
This is a question that necessitates a long exposition but given the fact that you have been charged with finding answer to this issue, here are some thoughts you may want to share with your Bible Study group.

The traditional answer is that God’s choosing of Israel was an undeserved status conferred upon Israel based on God’s grace, not on Israel’s merits. There is no logical explanation. Israel was no better than other nations and yet God chose her. We can stop here and say that it is all part of God’s mysterious ways. No one can explain it. That is the traditional theological answer. The apostle Paul expresses it very well in Romans 11:33. “O the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!”

Believers of each of the monotheistic religions – Judaism, Christianity, and Islam – claim to have been chosen by God. When one believes that there is only one God, then there has to be only one people that can claim absolute access to that God. The Hebrew Bible attests to this in Deuteronomy 6:4: “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord.” The New Testament says something similar: “For there is one God; there is also one mediator between God and humankind, Christ Jesus, himself human.” (1 Timothy 2:5). And the Holy Qur’an asserts: “And your God is one God; there is no God but He, the Gracious, the Merciful.” (2:164).

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