Comparative Religions Chapter 9 Response–Judaism

Judaism is an ancient religion that dates back as far as 1900 BCE, marked by emergence the first patriarch Abraham. The label Jewish is of dual use meaning either a follower of the religion Judaism or as an ethnical background; it is not uncommon for ethnical Jewish people to not be followers of Judaism. Reoccurring themes throughout Judaism include repeated exile from their homeland, enslavement or mass genocide, and other hardships that prevent the Jewish people from returning to their holy land located in Israel. A common mindset adopted by the Jewish is that great suffering will be rewarded in due time, this theme is central to several of the stories found in the Hebrew Bible and seems to have become quite possibly the central mantra for the religion.

A glaring oddity of Judaism comes from the unverified years between 1900-1700 BCE and 1300-1200 BCE, this long absence of recorded history for the religion leaves a huge gap in establishing chronological events in relevance to other parts of the surrounding regions of the time; many of the stories of significance to the Hebrews occur during this time, including many that reestablish the core beliefs of the religion. The presence of parallels and adaptations of the mythos from ancient civilizations of the region, which are also found in the other religions that emerged in the area such as Christianity and Islamism as well as some key occurrences in Greco-Roman mythology, give off a strange vibe that lampshades just how linked the European religions are to one another; this coincides with just how foolish violence between followers of Judaism, Christianity, and Islamism really is. Finally, the adaptation of stories in the Hebrew Bible into the Christian Bible is an oddity, whereas some other religions have subtly altered the mythos and origin stories of other religions to better convert people to their side these two religions seem to have gone a different route by simply splitting from one another and continued on their own separate paths.

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