Judaism and Christianity

Posted: November 30th, 2013








Judaism and Christianity










Judaism and Christianity

  1. Religion covered in the video  and summary of  the main teaching points of the video
    Jewish Jesus video
  • This video covers the Judaism religion practiced by Jewish community.
  • The conflict of opinion about Jesus between Jews and Christians
  • It focuses on Jesus as a practicing Jew and how He advanced the Jewish faith
  • It highlights the importance of the New Testament to Jews in understanding Jesus
  • The New Testament is a highlight of the Jewish tradition and beliefs
  • There is a need for the Jews and Christians to understand each other
  • Jesus was a representation of a loving God and not a vengeful one

Christians in the holy land video

  • The religion covered is Christianity practices by minority Palestine people.
  • It highlights the challenges that Christians in Palestine face
  • Many Christians are leaving Palestine in search of more security
  • There is a decrease in the number of Christians in Palestine, as most of them leave, and the low birth rates do not compensate for those who leave
  • There is conflict between Muslims and Christians in Palestine
  • Many Christians from Palestine want to travel the world but it’s not possible
  • People in Palestine live a hard life because of the controls they face from Israel
  1. Teaching points to add from the required text to help people more fully understand the topic
  2. Jewish Jesus video
    • The Jewish and the Christian communities should be able to come together and learn from each other what their respective faiths have to offer.
    • There is a lot that these two communities share in their faith that would help each other understand fully who Jesus was.
    • Both Jews and Christians misunderstand each other, and they are not willing to do anything about it
    • Christians fear to speak about Jesus to the Jews because they do not want to offend them
    • This leaves the Jews with no idea of the true belief that Christians have of Jesus
    • Jews do not want to speak of Jesus because they consider Him a traitor to His people
    • Many Christians support the Jews in Israel
    • Jewish ignorance about the New Testament allows perpetual misconception about Jesus to prevail (Hopfe & Woodward, 2012).

Christian in the holy land video

  • Christians go through various challenges in many parts of the world.
  • Endurance is a virtue that Christians should embrace and portray the need for peaceful coexistence with their neighbors.
  • Christian faith is fading in the holy land due to Christians running away from the challenges, and this is not the solution to this problems.
  • Christians should stay and address the matters facing them as Palestine people (Hopfe & Woodward, 2012).
  • The Islam community in Palestine does not favor the Jews or the Christians
  • This means that the Christians live in constant fear
  • Christians in Palestine are opposed by both the government, which hinders their movement, and Islam, which does not want them in the area
  1. Other teaching points to add from class notes to help people more fully understand the topic
  2. Jewish Jesus video
    • Jews and Christians have had misconceptions about each other.
    • These differences are based mainly due to refusal of these two groups to learn each other’s point of view.
    • Misconception of Jesus has prevailed for a long time and there is need to look deeper into this issue, from all points of view.
    • Some Jews think that the main goal of Christianity is to influence them to adopt Christianity
    • Come Christians think that Jesus did not support the Jews.

Christians in the holy land video

  • Christians have faced persecution due to their faith for a long time
  • Palestine is the birthplace of Christianity, but the number of Christians in this place is small
  • The Israel-Palestine conflict has contributed to the challenges facing Christians in Palestine
  • Many Christians face economic insecurity and instability in the region
  • Christians from other parts of the world are at a loss of who to support. Supporting the Christians in the Holy land means being anti-Israel, since it means supporting Palestine
  1. Discussion questions

Jewish Jesus video

    • Why is there friction between Christian and Jews?
    • What are things that Jews need to learn from Christians about Jesus?
    • What misconceptions do Jews have about Jesus?
    • What can Christians learn from Judaism about the nature of God?
    • What views are shared between Christianity and Judaism about Jesus?

Christians in the holy land video

  • What other challenges do Christians face in other parts of the world?
  • What challenges do faithful of other religion face in Palestine?
  • How can these challenges be addressed?
  • What opinion do Muslims have about Christians?
  • What other measures can be taken to encourage Christian to stay?
  1. Strength and weakness of each video

Jewish Jesus video

    • The topic in this video is well presented since it focused on the main agenda
    • It is suitable for new people since it gives good insight on Judaism and Christian friction.
    • This enables followers of both religions to understand each other better.
    • It is suitable for high school, college and even adult persons due to its elaborate tackling of the subject.
    • The encouragement of Jews to learn the New Testament teaches tolerance and understanding.

Christians in the holy land video

  • This video is well presented as it touches on the main agenda.
  • It is not suitable for new people since it focuses on Christianity side of the story.
  • Much need to be done to allow full understanding of the situation in Palestine.
  • This video is suitable for students, college and adult viewers though much insight need to be addressed.
  • It teaches about tolerance and understanding since it shows how Palestine Christians endure in their country.
  1. Comparative Analysis

Can you explain the similarities and differences between the religions of Judaism and Islam?

Judaism and Islam share some similar beliefs as well as differences. They are both considered monotheistic faith because the followers believe in one God. They are both Abrahamic religions. They cite Abraham as the father of their religion. They believe that God made a covenant with Abraham, and they follow his teachings. Both religions believe in the existence of other spiritual beings, such as angels and demons. They both believe that God uses prophets to communicate with people. Prophets such as Moses and Abraham are common in both religions. Both religions have common practices. They both have prohibited foods, such as pork, and members of these religions do not eat pork. They both circumcise their male children. They encourage sexual purity, and they discourage sex outside of marriage and homosexuality. They observe religious practices such as fasting and praying. They have holy texts, which they get their beliefs from, and which encourage them in their faith. The Muslims use the Quran, while the Jews use the Torah. In addition, they have additional texts, which enable them to remain in their faith and to deal with life’s issues. The Muslims use the Hadith, while the Jews use the Talmud.

The religions of Judaism and Islam have some differences. Muslims believe that Jesus was a true prophet of God, whose message was corrupted by men, and that He will come again. Jews have contrary opinion. They believe that Jesus was blasphemous in claiming to be God and the Messiah (Paterson, 2009). They believe that Jesus was a false prophet, and they ultimately deny His second coming. Muslims believe that Jesus did not die, but ascended to heaven when he was crucified. They also believe that He had a virgin birth. The Jews believe that Jesus was born of a normal birth, and that he was crucified for claiming to be the Messiah. They have different concepts of marriage Muslims believe that a man can have up to four wives. Jews believe that marriage should be between one man and one woman. Jews and Muslims have different days of worship. Jews worship on their Sabbath day, which is Saturday, while Muslims worship on Friday.








Hopfe, M., & Woodward, M. R. (2012). Religions of the World (12th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall.

Lawton, K. (2011). Christian in the Holy Land. Retrieved from http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/episodes/march-23-2012/jewish-jesus/10572//s-in-the-holy-land/9201/

Lawton, K. (2012). Jewish Jesus. Retrieved from http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/episodes/march-23-2012/jewish-jesus/10572/

Noss, D. S., & Grangaard, B. R. (2007). A History of World’s Religion. New York: Pearson Education Publishers

Paterson, C. A. (2009). Three monotheistic faiths-Judaism, Christianity, Islam: An analysis and brief history. Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse



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