Judaism: An Overview

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Judaism: An Overview

Origins, beliefs and impact.

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Introduction

Judaism developed 3,000 years ago, making it one of the world’s oldest religions.

There are nearly 14 million followers of Judaism in the world today.

The Judeo-Christian tradition is a major influence on our society today.

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Beliefs

Judaism is a monotheistic religion.

They believe that people were created in (their) God’s image to act ethically (to do the right thing).

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Abraham

God tells a shepherd named Abraham to leave his home and go to Canaan.

Abraham believes in and obeys God so God makes a covenant with Abraham that the land of Canaan would belong to his descendants.

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The Ten Commandments

The most important laws in Judaism.

Told the Israelites how to behave toward God and other people.

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Legacy of the Ten Commandments

Their belief that they have a covenant with God is why these laws are important to the Jewish people today

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The Ten Commandments have also been an important influence on the American system of laws.


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