A Brief History Of Judaism It has been worked out that about 80% of the world's population believe in one

r eligion or another (and there are lots of them), but about 70% of those are adhe rents to the big four. The four biggest religions are: Christianity, Islam, Hind uism and Buddhism. Judaism is the forerunner of both Islam and Christianity. The Hebrew Bible retells the history of the world and the story of the passage o f the people from creation, all through the flood to the arrival in the Promised Land, or from Mesopotamia to Canaan, led by Abraham. The offspring of Abraham and his nation were enslaved by the Egyptians and did n ot manage to escape until Moses led them out of captivity. During this expeditio n, Moses received the Ten Commandments from God and they went on to become the b edrock of Jewish law and custom although there is no doubt that the Jewish way o f life has developed from this era in the Tenth Century before Christ. The sacred writings of the Hebrew Bible or Masorah are divided into twenty-four books. However, the same writings are divided up into thirty-nine books in the C hristian Bible's Old Testament. The Torah or The Law was being composed at this time but it was altered and updated between the Tenth and Fifth Centuries befor e Christ. In addition to the Hebrew scriptures, there is a rich tradition of ancient oral commentary known as the Talmud, which is a colossal compilation of the Oral Law. The Talmud is the accepted authority for Orthodox Jews. Judaism is the oldest monotheistic religion known to the West. Jews believed in one God when all of the known world believed in pantheism or several gods like t he Ancient Greeks. The name of God in the Jewish language is Yahweh and they bel ieve that Yahweh agreed a covenant with His people to take care of them for ever so long as they remained loyal solely to him. In the Jewish belief, sin is the unashamed disregard of God's will and that is l iable to be punished by by God in a comparable manner to the Buddhist belief in karma.. The purpose of following God's Law is being welcomed into His Kingdom. Jews worship in synagogues in congregations led by Rabbis who are thought of as Teachers or Masters (as in the old manner of calling teachers, 'masters') rather than as monks or vicars. The Jewish Sabbath is not the Sunday as in Christianit y, but is observed from sunset Friday until sunset Saturday night. The most important vacations or holy days in the Jewish calendar are: Rosh Hasha nah (New Year); Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement); Hanukah (Festival of Lights) and Pesach (Passover). The Jewish people does not celebrate Christmas because they b elieve that the Son of God is still yet to be born. They see Jesus as a prophet in the same manner as the Muslims do. There are three main branches of modern Judaism which are: Orthodox Judaism; Ref orm Judaism and Conservative Judaism. Some of these branches of Judaism are more common in some countries than others. Owen Jones, the author of this piece writes on numerous subjects but is currentl y concerned with <a href="http://celebrating-easter.the-real-way.com/Easter/East er.php">Easter</a>.If you would like to read more, please go over to our website entitled <a href="http://celebrating-easter.the-real-way.com">Celebrating Easte r</a>

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