Comparative Analysis of Judaism and Christianity

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Research Paper: Comparative Analysis of Judaism and Christianity When a person hears the terms Jew or Christian we recognize those terms as a name for someone who belongs to a certain religion. What many people do not realize is that a Jew is born into their religion, Judaism, whereas a Christian is baptized into Christianity (Fower, 7). In the world today there are approximately 14 million Jews (Oxtoby, 63) compared to approximately 1.5 billion Christians, making them the world’s largest religions group (Oxtoby, 131). Judaism and Christianity are similar in many ways. Both religions are considered to be monotheistic religions because they both believe in one God and one God only. They, along with Islam, are also known as the Children of…show more content…
A rosary is a string of 58 beads arranged in five groups of ten and a crucifix. The person who is using the rosary will say the Lord’s prayer followed by ten Hail Mary’s (Oxtoby, 175). In Judaism during prayer there are certain items of clothing that the males wear, they wear a blue and white prayer shawl called a tallith. Jewish males also cover the top of their heads during prayer with a kippah. Traditional Jews wear tefellin during prayer. Tefellin are two boxes which are tied to the left arm and forehead by leather straps. Inside the boxes are certain passages of scripture. Jews wear tefellin every day except for on Saturdays because the act of wrapping the leather straps would be considered work (Oxtoby, 103). There are many different groups within both Judaism and Christianity. There are three main types of Jews, the Orthodox, the Conservative and the Reformed Jews. Orthodox Jews are much more traditional then the other two types of Jews. They follow the Torah and observe Sabbath in a very strict sense. They follow Kosher and in the Synagogue prayers are lead in Hebrew, they wear their traditional dress and the men are separated from the women (Wilkins, 155). The Conservative Jews are also traditional but they adapt their rules if there is precedence for change. They make changes based on their communities needs and on time and place. They only wear their kippahs during services. In terms of tradition the Conservatives are somewhere
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