The Spreadiung Of Belief And Religion: Judaism

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This spreading of belief allows the prophet to gain followers and eventually establish traditions which surround religion, whether it be holidays, ceremonies, or even the manner of death in some extreme cases. Based off the traditions established by these religions, societies soon formed and grew while strictly following the word of god, which, in modern days, has been collected into a single collective book. Three books exist between the religions. The Torah for Judaism, the Bible for Christianity, and the Qur’an for Islam. These books detail a certain creed or code through the use of anecdotes and parables, but are generally boiled down to a list which can vary in size from Christianity’s ...view middle of the document...

Instead, he began a nomadic lifestyle influenced by God’s message. Thus the Hebrews were founded and Abraham led his people until the age of 100, when he was blessed with a son. This child, Isaac, would then birth two sons, the more prolific of the two being Jacob. Jacob would later become the father of the Israelites who would be taken by the Egyptians as slaves. Then, as time passed, the prophet Moses, widely considered the greatest prophet of the Jewish faith, freed his people from the grasp of the pharaoh and guided them upon the Exodus back to Israel, although he wouldn’t make it himself. These men built the Jewish faith upon a belief system of 13 principles, also called the 13 Principles of Faith, compiled by medieval Jewish scholar Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon. These principles range from the simple belief in god to the belief in the resurrection of the dead. Their holy book, the Torah, is a compilation of the five books of the prophet Moses: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. Tradition in the Jewish faith runs deep and rich, which allows for a large range of holidays including Yom Kippur, which is the Day of Atonement set aside to cleanse the soul of any sins committed over the passing year. Also included, Rosh Hashanah marking the Hebrew new year. Work for those observing these holidays are not permitted to work and on Yom Kippur one must fast for a full 24 hours in a cleansing through suffering process.
Long after the founding of Judaism, Christianity was founded. Based on the oral teachings and life stories of Jesus of Nazareth, followers of Christianity believe that Jesus, also called Christ, was the son of god, deveined to the world and birthed by a virgin woman named Mary. Jesus soon founded a small sect and surrounded himself with those who believed the message he preached was correct. Eventually, he was betrayed by one of these men and later killed by Romans who placed him upon a cross after he was made to carry it a far distance. After his death, his remaining disciples placed his body within a tomb to rest, but three days later he had risen. Christ’s death was meant to be a sacrifice for mankind, allowing man to be free of sin. This led to a large following rising throughout the middle east. Officially Christianity was founded a short time after Christ’s death in the Levant of the middle east. It was spread to places like Jerusalem and Rome, where it would later become the dominant religion (giving way later to Roman Catholicism). Christianity, as said before,...

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