Moreover, the ancient Israelites’ entire mode of existence was affected by their belief that throughout history they stood in a unique relationship with the divine.
Furthermore, each period of Jewish history has left behind it a specific element of a Judaic heritage that continued to influence subsequent developments, so that the total Jewish heritage at any given time is a combination of all these successive elements along with whatever adjustments and accretions have occurred in each new age. One God, the creator of the world, has freely elected the Jewish people for a unique covenantal relationship with himself.
This one and only God has been affirmed by virtually all professing Jews in a variety of ways throughout the ages.
It is a total guide to religious and ethical conduct, involving ritualistic observance as well as individual and social .
It is a liturgical and ethical way constantly expatiated on by the prophets and priests, by rabbinic sages, and by philosophers.
Judaism, whether in its “normative” form or in its sectarian deviations, never completely departed from this basic ethical and historical monotheism..