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ANALYTICAL ESSAYAnalytical EssayChamberlain College of NursingRELI448N: Comparative Religions
ANALYTICAL ESSAY2Analytical EssayINTRODUCTIONThe relationship between Judaism, Christianity, and Islam is essential, as they are linked in several ways. To truly understand one of these religions, one would have to understand the others as they have made way for each other and have several similarities. In this essay, I plan toprovide information and facts regarding each of the religions separately and discuss the similarities and differences, so the reader is provided with a full picture of my analysis.HISTORICAL RELATIONSHIPSA Hebrew man named Abraham is known as the founder of Judaism, which began in the Middle East. Four thousand years ago, Abraham was called by God to leave him home for another land, which is the begins the creation of Judaism (Molloy, 2013, p. 290). "Now the Lordsaid to Abram, ‘Go from your father's house to the land that I will show you. I will make of you agreat nation'" (Gen. 12:1–2a). The sacred text of Judaism tells the story of when Abraham agreed to God's request to sacrifice his son Isaac and that at the last minute, a ram is used as a sacrifice instead (Molloy, 2013, p. 290). This devotion proves Abrahams's loyalty to God, making him the first patriarch of Judaism.Christianity began in the first century CE as a derivate of Judaism and is based on the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. The start of Christianity took approximately 100 years and started at the crucifixion of Jesus. The varying records of Jesus' dispute of Jewish law ranges from no hostility to complete demonization of Jews as a whole, leading to a separation of Jews and non-Jews attempting to place responsibility for the rejection of Jesus (Schiffman, n.d., paragraph 24).
ANALYTICAL ESSAY3Islam traces back to Abraham; however, Muslims believe Muhammad, the "messenger of God," is the greatest prophet who freed the divine message from human error, offered it, and purified it to all the people (Molloy, 2013, p. 414). As it is recorded in the Quran, Muhammed had his first revelation in 610 CE in which he believed the angel Gabriel came to him during a religious retreat (Molloy, 2013, p. 411). Muhammed began to share his experience with his friends and family, who are recorded as the first Muslims.