A Comparison Between Judaism And Christianity

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Judaism and Christianity are linked to each other with a kinship that transcends all their differences. Christianity arose in the Jewish household of faith, and its basic teachings clearly reflect the influence of its family origin. The Jewish heroes of faith from Abraham through the prophets, are also deemed as the pioneers of Christian faith; the basic teachings of Judaism concerning God and man were adopted by Christianity into its own doctrinal structure. As we look at the Jewish and the Christian faiths, both of which trace their origins back past Abraham and Moses, to the original stories of Genesis and the Garden of Eden, we notice basic similarities and major differences between the two religions. This paper will attempt to highlight those similarities and differences, illustrating major points in each religion and contrasting them, in order to come to a higher understanding of each religion and their relationship to each other. Judaism is the religion, faith and way of life of the Jewish people. The subject of the Tanakh is the history of the Children of Israel, especially in terms of their relationship with God. Thus, Judaism has been categorized as a culture or as a civilization. However, Christianity is a faith in faith, in an idea or ideal. The purely theological aspect of Christianity is one of the many differences between the two religions, and also one of the most important. There is no concept of national identity in Christianity the way there is in Judaism, nor does Christianity permeate everyday life quite in the same way Judaism does. The trappings and institutions of both religions are similar yet they differ as well. The Christian Churches and the Jewish Synagogues serve the same purpose. They are both houses of God, holy to their religions, places where one can worship and pray to God. Both the Church and the Synagogue are the centers

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