Christianity and Judaism: A History Comparison Essay by Nicky

Christianity and Judaism: A History
A comparison essay on the history of Judaism and Christianity.
# 149575 | 1,411 words | 6 sources | APA | 2011 | US

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This comparison essay looks at both Christianity and Judaism and how they have close ties to one another through their common history and theology. This paper describes the origin of Judaism and the major beliefs of this religion. Judaism's beliefs regarding overcoming the presence of evil, and the manner in which individuals are set free from evil, are specifically addressed. A detail list of steps Judaism uses to enlist new converts is presented, as well as the worldview regarding this religion. The known objections that Judaism has towards Christianity and Islam are overviewed. Lastly, how I would share Christianity with members of the Jewish faith so that they may accept Christianity will be explored.

History and Background of Judaism
Conversion Process
Known Objections Judaism has towards Christian and Muslim Faiths
How I Would Share Christianity with a Member of the Jewish Faith

From the Paper:

"The two sects that most closely follow traditional and biblical understanding of Judaism are the Orthodox and Ultraorthodox sects. Demanding a conversion and a belief in the covenant with the God of Israel (b'rit), Orthodox Judaism is a very academic sect, as Ergun (2005) notes. These followers explicitly follow the Torah, observe shabbat weekly, and study the teachings intensely. Ultraorthodox Jews, the Hasidic sect, are often the most easily recognized, with their black or grey suits and yarmulke. However, the Hasidim are more mystical than those in the Orthodox sect, often studying Kabbalah. Yet, despite this element of mysticism, they are devoutly committed to the traditional doctrines of Judaism.
"In general, according to Ergun (2005) the Jewish faith believes that people are inherently good, due to the fact that they bear God's image. Despite not having a sinful nature, humans do have the ability to choose sinful and evil acts. Sin is thought of in terms of nearly criminal behavior. Typically, Jewish people do not consider themselves sinners, as they don't believe they have a sinful nature. They do not realize the need for the restoration of humanity, and as they "don't believe that people are separated from God, they don't see the need for the good news"."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Epstein, L. (2009). The conversion process. Retrieved July 22, 2009, from
  • Ergun, M. (2005). When worldviews collide: Christians confronting culture. Nashville, TN: LifeWay Press.
  • Friedenberg, R. (Sept 1984). Rabbi Isaac Meyer Wise and American Judaism's rhetorical indebtedness to the Reverend Hugh Blair. Religious Communication Today, 7. Retrieved July 23, 2009, from Communication and Mass Media Complete.
  • Fusch-Kreimer, N. (Winter 2006). Seventy years after Judaism as a civilization. Jewish Social Studies, 12(2). Retrieved July 23, 2009, from Academic Search Complete.
  • Huss, B. (Jul 2007). The new age of Kabbalah. Journal of Modern Jewish Studies, 6(2). Retrieved July 23, 2009, from Academic Search Complete.

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"Christianity and Judaism: A History" 23 December 2011. Web. 30 May. 2023. <>