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Running head: ANALYTICAL ESSAY 1 Analytical Essay Alysha Rotolo Chamberlain College of Nursing RELI448N Comparative Religions September 2018
ANALYTICAL ESSAY 2 Analytical Essay It’s safe to say that every religion is its own unique religion although there may be many similarities between one another. There are many similarities between Christianity, Islam, and Judaism but there are also differences. The three most influential monotheistic religions are Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. All of these three monotheistic religions began in the Middle East and are inseparably linked to each other (Molloy, 2013). Christianity was founded in Southern Levant, modern-day Israel, Palestine, and Jordan. Islam was founded in the Arabian Peninsula. Judaism was founded in Southern Levant, modern-day Israel, Palestine, and Jordan. The three all had different original languages. Christianity’s original language was Aramaic and Greek, Islam’s was Arabic, and Judaism’s was Hebrew. Uniquely enough, Christianity was formed within Judaism, and Islam was formed from both Christianity and Judaism (Mojzes & Swidler, 2002). Although there are differences between the three religions, there was a strong link between the Christians, Jews, and Muslims that took place in Islamic Spain and other areas over the centuries. Any understanding of Christianity has to start with Judaism because Jesus was born a Jew and he grew up in the Jewish tradition. He was one of many teachers spreading his ideas in the Roman province of the Judea at the time and he was part of a messianic tradition that helps us understand why he was thought of not only teacher but something much, much more. The Hebrews initially worshiped many gods, making sacrifices to them in order to bring good weather and fortune but they eventually developed a religion centered around an idea that would become key to the other great western religions. This was monotheism, the idea that there is only one true God. The Hebrews developed a second concept that is key to their religion as well, the idea of the covenant, a deal with God. The main man in this was Abraham. Abraham, traditionally, is said to have been the
ANALYTICAL ESSAY 3 first Jew and to have made a covenant with God. These three religions are also known as the Abrahamic religions because all three recognize Abraham as their first prophet.

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