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What are some of the differences between Judaism and Christianity?

Just curious =]

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Asked by caitxrawks at 3:19 PM on May. 16, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Jesus, for one.

    Answer by Lexylex at 3:20 PM on May. 16, 2009

  • I'm sorry if it's a stupid question, but nobody ever really told me about Judaism as a child, only Christianity.

    Answer by caitxrawks at 3:21 PM on May. 16, 2009

  • Jesus is the main one. They do not believe Jesus is the son of God. I believe they read the Torah, it's the first 5 books of the Old Testament (Bible).

    Answer by prettyrayray at 3:22 PM on May. 16, 2009

  • Do they believe Jesus was just a man, or a prophet type guy?

    Answer by caitxrawks at 3:26 PM on May. 16, 2009

  • Jesus and Muhammad, the Toraha and the Bible and how we will all die is a huge difference, they believe in the anti-christ to be the one to save the world and christians believe the anti-christ is just that, the anti-christ the one who will come and harm us. There are huge differences, take a religions of the world class, they explain in detail all the differences.

    Answer by VasquezFamily at 3:27 PM on May. 16, 2009

  • It's not a stupid question. Jesus is the main difference. The Jews have the entire Old Testament (Torah and Talmud), including all of the Messianic prophesies. They believe Jesus to be a fraud and a blasphemer.

    Answer by Lexylex at 3:34 PM on May. 16, 2009

  • There are many differences. A major one is that Christianity is orthodoxic, meaning that it is what you *believe* that makes you a Christian; shared belief is core. Judaism is orthopraxic, meaning that what you *do* - shared practices, observances, traditions, etc, is what is most important.

    To generalize, Jews primarily follow the Laws of Leviticus (except for those that require a priesthood/temple, such as the sacrificial laws) and Christians do not. Jews do not believe that Jesus fulfilled the prophesies and was not the Messiah; Christians do.

    Individual opinions among Jews as to the nature of Jesus of Nazareth vary greatly... there is no reason for them to agree on the topic as it is not relevant to their faith. Some believe he was a man, others a fraud, others still believe he may have been a prophet, and there are those who do not believe such a character ever existed in fact.


    Answer by Collinsky at 5:41 PM on May. 16, 2009

  • Cait, if you have some time, read some of Leviticus....some of the stuff in there will make you go WTF?? Specifically Leviticus 15 or around there.

    Answer by prettyrayray at 6:31 PM on May. 16, 2009

  • I'm sure many Christians will disagree with this but as a former Christian becoming a Jew, I'm entitled. :-D The way I see it, the chief difference between Christianity and Judaism is this: Christians hand you the new testament as say "all the answers are here. You don't need anything else." (Despite the fact that most Christians DO read studies and commentaries about the Bible regularly.) Jews hand you a Hebrew Bible (old testament) and say "you'll find some of the questions here. Feel free to ask as many as you need." Then a Jew will also hand you the Talmud and a gigantic stack of commentaries and say "oh, by the way, here are 2,000 years worth of answers to your question. But if you don't find the answer that makes sense to you here, feel free to develop your own answer."

    Answer by eema.gray at 3:52 PM on May. 17, 2009

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