Ancient Israel, Origins of Zionism, The October 1973 War, Palestine and Israel, Present Israel, Government, Economy, Foreign relation status. Israel and Cultural Information and Travel Guide. Vacation package Book. The entire history of Israel, from early history to the recent history. The existence, Israel and Palestinians, Culture, tradition, people, government, holy place. The history of the evolving relationship between God and the Jewish people set forth in the the Hebrew Bible--the five books of the Torah, neviim (prophets), and ketuvim (writings)--known to Christians as the Old Testament, begins with myths. The stories of creation, the temptation and sin of the first humans, their expulsion from an idyllic sanctuary, the flood, and other folkloric events have analogies with other early societies. With the appearance of Abraham, however, the biblical stories introduce a new idea--that of a single tribal God. Over the course of several centuries, this notion evolved into humanity's first complete monotheism. Abraham looms large in the traditions of the Jewish people and the foundation of their religion. Whether Jews by birth or by conversion, each male Jew is viewed as "a son of Abraham." Find out more about Israel.