Judaism : The Monotheistic And Monotheistic Religions

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Judaism is the first monotheistic and Abrahamic religion in the world (Cosgrove, 2006). It originated with a covenant made by God to Abraham, son of Terah, a descendant of Shem, the son of Noah (Genesis 15). God promised to make Abraham’s name great, and turn him into a great nation along with a blessing if he would trust in Him, leave his father’s family, and go to a land He would later show him (Genesis 12:1-3). Judaism however gets its name from Abraham’s son Isaac’s grandson Judah, who was the son of Jacob and founder of the first tribe of Judah (Cosgrove, 2006). Over the years Judaism evolved into three branches or sects known as Conservative Judaism, Reform Judaism, and Orthodox Judaism, each with their own form of worship and religious observational practices (Funk & Wagnalls, 2014). Additionally, Judaism is the fundamental foundation of Christianity as Christ Himself was Jewish (Matthew 2:2). However, while examining Judaism there tend to be some misunderstandings that both Christians and Jews have about one another which can be overcome by a study of Judaism and it’s relation to Christianity. In order to understand Judaism we must first establish what it is and what they believe. Judaism, although it is a religion, derives from a specific settlement of people known as the first tribe of Judah. People who are descendants of this tribe as well as those who observe the Judaean faith are called Jews. It is also important to note that anyone who is born from a Jewish mother inherently is Jewish whether they observe Judaism or not. Although some branches of Judaism also permit and accept people who desire to convert to their faith to do so. Christianity and Judaism’s Bible contains the Old Testament and both of them derive fr... ... middle of paper ... ...t consorting much with secular society. Orthodox Jews typically dress in their own style of modest clothing and place an emphasis on family life, moral standards of ethical behavior and culture while maintaining Jewish beliefs, customs and holidays or rituals However, most religious Jews, life itself is one continual act of worship (Funk & Wagnalls, 2014). Judaism, the fundamental foundation of Christianity as Christ Himself was Jewish, having originated with a covenant made by God to Abraham promising to make Abraham’s name great, even after evolving into three branches each with their own form of worship and religious observational practices, exists to serve God. Although misunderstandings exist between Christian and Jewish perspectives, after investigating Judaism many of them have been overcome by studying Judaism and understanding it’s relation to Christianity.
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