The Concept of the Messiah within Judasim and the Development of the Messanic Tradition Within Christianity

The Concept of the Messiah within Judasim and the Development of the Messanic Tradition Within Christianity

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This paper will compare the concept of the Messiah within Judaism and the development of the messianic tradition within Christianity. Consideration will be given to Judaic thought on how this religion understands the concept of the Messiah. Defining how throughout history it shaped the foundation of this religion to distinguish its own individual identity. Analysis will focus on the abstraction of the Messiah and how Jewish believers interpret the coming of the Mashiach in connection with the prophecy of Isaiah. Discussing how eschatology is understood in this religion compared to Christianity, and how different Jewish groups define the Messiah prophecy from early history up until the modern day era. The paper will also discuss the development of the Messianic tradition within Christianity, focusing on the prophets, Jesus and how the messianic period is defined in Christian theology; in order to establish if the son of God has arrived in this world and fulfilled his promise through death and resurrection, or if the messiah and the messianic age is still yet to come as understood in Judaism.
To begin it is only right to give a brief history of Judaism in order to understand the concept of the Messiah in Judaic belief. The people of one god were established with the covenant of Abraham who is known to be the founder of this religion. This unbroken lineage can be traced directly through the scriptures and is the basis for the most prominent world religions today. Jewish history is contained in the Torah and consists of the first five books of the bible. The lineage passed through Isaac, Esau and Jacob where all significant figures in Jewish history. “Over time in the era of 15th century BC Egyptian dynasty took over the land and bui...

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