History of Judaism

Fast Facts: History of Judaism
Overview The religion of Abraham (c. 1800 BCE) and the Hebrews, especially after the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE.
Date Founded c. 1800 BCE (Abraham); 6th cent. BCE (Pentateuch); or 70 CE (destruction of Second Temple)
Place Founded Southern Levant (modern-day Israel, Palestine, and Jordan)
Founder(s) Abraham, Moses
Expansion little expansion; mostly confined to Palestine area throughout history
Schisms Reform-Orthodox (1800s CE)
Main Locations Today Israel, Eastern Europe, USA
Current Adherents 14 million

History is of the utmost importance in Judaism. Whereas the sacred texts of most ancient religions focus on myths and philosophical concepts, the Jewish Bible is centered around historical narrative; and most Jewish holidays are intended to connect modern Jews with their historical ancestors and traditions. These past events often significantly inform Jewish beliefs.

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Title History of Judaism
Last UpdatedJanuary 29, 2021
URL religionfacts.com/judaism/history
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MLA Citation “History of Judaism.” ReligionFacts.com. 29 Jan. 2021. Web. Accessed 22 Jan. 2022. <religionfacts.com/judaism/history>