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Judeo-Christian Influence

* What is the Torah? What makes Judaic law and theology different from other faiths of the period? (100 words)
* What influences did Judaism have on the development of early Christianity? (100 words)
* Why is it important to understand how Judaism and Christianity have shaped Western thought? (100 words)
* What significance do you find in learning that as Christianity spread across Western culture, Buddhism spread across Eastern culture? What are some similarities between Buddhism and Christianity? What are some differences? (100 words)

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* What is the Torah? What makes Judaic law and theology different from other faiths of the period? (100 words)
The Torah is, simply put, the first five books of the Hebrew Scriptures. This means Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy specifically. No other books of the Hebrew Scriptures are considered part of the Torah, and throughout history various groups have even been defined by their adherence to the Torah alone, or in how they interpret the Torah as opposed to any other part of those Scriptures. Judaic law and theology is specifically different based on both its monotheistic and egalitarian emphases (for example, "an eye for an eye"), as opposed to the polytheistic and capricious nature of their surrounding fellow humans.

* What influences did Judaism have on the ...

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The nature of Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism and their evidenced influence are discussed in brief.

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