Anaylsis of the Beatitudes,the ten commandments the Gita and Sun tzu's Art of war throughtout history

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Throughout history there have been many works of literature that have influenced the cultures of many early civilizations and continue to do so today. These works were important to the people of their time and reflected a part of their culture. Works that fall under this category are the Beatitudes, the Ten Commandments; Sun Tzu's the Art of War and Bhagavad-Gita Gita. All of these texts are well over thousands of year old and are considered Holy by some. They have all contributed and influenced history in one way or the other over many centuries.

The Ten Commandments are a listing of some of the most important behavioral rules in the Hebrew Scriptures. They have historically been accepted as a summary of the most important ten rules of behavior which God expects all Jews to follow. The Torah records that God gave the Commandments to Moses on Mount Sinai, inscribed on stone tablets, and intended for the guidance of the ancient Hebrews.

They form a small but vital part of the total of 623 laws in the Hebrew Scriptures. Commandments 1-4 deal with relationship to God, commandments 5-10 deal with relationship to other people and are more flexibly interpreted than the beginning commandments. In Jewish tradition, the commandments are organized as follows: (1) the introduction: (2) prohibition of the worship of any God but Yahweh, and prohibition of idol worship; (3) prohibition of the use of the name of God in vain ; (4) observance of the Sabbath; (5) honoring of one's father and mother; (6) prohibition of murder; (7) prohibition of adultery; (8) prohibition of stealing; (9) prohibition of giving false testimony; and (10) prohibition of coveting the property or neighbor's wife. The prophets referred to the Ten Commandments and thus believed it to be a guide to correct...