Java requirements for IntelliJ IDEA

I've been having some problems importing gradle projects into IDEA.  When I started, I only had Oracle's Java 8 installed on my mac, but after looking at the system requirements, I noticed that it requires Java 6.  I have a couple of questions:

1) Since the system requirements do not specify "or above," should I assume that I need version 6 installed?
2)  Does the Mac version of IDEA require the apple distribution of Java 6?
3)  How does IntelliJ determine which version of Java to use?  It is not using JAVA_HOME from my shell.



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Creating a modified copy of worked to get IntellijIDEA pointing to the version of the JDK that I want to use, but that brings us right back to my original problem. Please see my reply to:


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