(sshee' mah) Transliteration of Hebrew imperative meaning, “Hear,” (Deuteronomy 6:4) and applied to
Deuteronomy 6:4-9, as the basic statement of the Jewish law. The Shema became for the people of God a confession of faith by which they acknowledged the one true God and His commandments for them. Later worship practice combined
Numbers 15:37-41 into the larger Shema as the summary of Jewish confession. When Jesus was asked about the “greatest commandment,” He answered by quoting the Shema (Mark 12:29).
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Butler, Trent C. Editor.. "Entry for 'SHEMA'". "Holman Bible Dictionary".