Essay on Christianity and Judaism

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A dictionary definition should suffice to define Religion but because of the complexity of the subject, it tends to be insufficient one has to resource to the faith meaning to better understand it. Let us look into what the dictionary tell us; First, the belief in a god or in a group of gods. Second and organized system of belief, ceremonies, and rules used to worship a god or group of gods. And lastly an interest, a belief, or an activity that is very important to a person or group. In truth there is no one definition that accurately depicts what religion is. If there is not any explanation that completely envelops the actual meaning, then it is understandable that there is no one true universal religion. Religious…show more content…
The law of circumcision is thought to have been set up in order to distinguish between Gentiles and Jews. God made a covenant with Abraham; he said that the descendants of Abraham shall inherit a promised land (foundation for the belief that they are the “chosen” people) because of his faith in and fear of God. God promised Abraham that the Jews (his descendants) would inherit the land of Canaan. The teachings of Judaism are based upon the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament), which consists of three sections: Torah, Prophets and Writings. The collection as a whole is referred to as the Tanak. The Torah consists of the first five books of the Hebrew bible written by Moses. Traditionally it is believed to be the revelation of God to Moses. While, conventional Judaism teaches that God revealed the Torah to Moses, eccentric forms of Judaism recognize the insights and approaches of modern biblical scholarship (Rosenberg pg.32). The Torah tells the story of the foundation of Judaism. More importantly, Torah consists of the defining cornerstone on which Judaism is built and will rest. (Robinson pg. 264) The books contained in Torah are the basis of belief (Robinson pg. 279). The second section of the Hebrew bible, Nevi’im (the Prophets) is considered to have been written by people blessed with the spirit of prophecy. It contains a record of most of the important history in the years after Moses. The
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