Essay on Cristianity And Judaism

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Throughout history, Christians have persecuted Jews. Jews have been the target of prejudice and many conversion attempts. However, Christianity has the same origins and core beliefs as Judaism.
     The similarities between Christianity and Judaism are numerous. For example, both Jews and Christians believe in monotheism, the faith in one god. Furthermore, both religions worship the same God, although they name Him differently. The Christian name for God is Jehovah, while the Jews’ is Yahweh. This is because Christianity was derived from Judaism.
     Both religions believe in the teachings of the first five books of the Bible. The five books of Moses are Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus,
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     The New Testament is another area where Jews and Christians disagree. The New Testament, because men wrote it, holds no truth in the eyes of the Jews. Christians follow the New Testament because the disciples, and people who witnessed the miracles of God wrote it.
     Christianity and Judaism differ in their holy books as well. The Mishna and Talmud are the two main Jewish books, other than the Torah. The Mishna elaborates upon the teachings of the Torah, while the Talmud explains these teachings. The Christian Holy Bible consists of two parts, the Old and New Testaments. The Old Testament, sometimes called the Books of Moses, is the same as the Talmud. The books of the New Testament contain the church’s statement of who Jesus was, and what his life and teachings meant.
     Although Christian and Jews have a history of fighting over their differences, they also share a wealth of commonalities.

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