‘Being’ is at the heart of Religious Text.
In Exodus, Moses asks The Presence Its name and The Presence replies: Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh.
‘I am that I am…thus you shall say to the children of Israel, I AM has sent me to you‘.
The opening command, the first of the Ten Mosaic Commandments, is a categorical statement of Ontological Presence:
‘I AM the Lord your God who brought you …out of the house of Bondage…thou shalt have no other Gods before Me.’
Of course, Theologians, the intellectuals of the Faith, proceeded to unwrap all this in the only way they knew how.
A reified concept of ‘Being’ was developed extensively first by medieval, later by modern Theologians, which was tagged with a host of sophisticated abstract features: Eternal, Infinite, Omnipotent, Omnipresent, Good-Being, Ground of Being, and such. A list of preferred measurements for Man’s ideal ‘God’.
It kept the language above the common riff-raff who it was thought took the Bible literally.
‘Being’ is at the heart of Science.
Here is Albert Einstein:
‘Science is the endeavor to bring together by means of systematic thought, the perceptible phenomena of the world, into as thoroughgoing an association as possible.
To put it boldly, it is the attempt at the posterior reconstruction of Existence by the process of conceptualization…‘
Later, in a less declarative, more reflective moment, he modified it. ‘There is neither Evolution…nor Destiny: only Being’.