What is the relationship between Judaism and the Old Testament?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    The Old Testament is (loosely) the Hebrew Bible, although there are some major differences between the Christian Old Testament and the Tanakh. It consists of three parts: Torah, Nevi'im (Prophets), and Ketuvim (Writings).

    The way that Christians use the Bible as a basis for their beliefs, Judaism uses the Tanakh (as well as other works, such as the Talmud) for their religion.

    Source(s): Jewish Literacy: The Most Important Things to Know About the Jewish Religion, Its People and Its History by Joseph Telushkin
  • 1 decade ago

    Adult Jews use the Old Testament to teach little Jews why the ancient Israelites beat drums during sacrificial rites in the Valley of Tophet? If your baby was being roasted to death in the arms of a bronze statue that somebody built a fire in, wouldn't you want its screams to be drowned out somehow so you couldn't hear?

    When the little Jews grow up, though, they are told that the Old Testament, while helpful and historical, is obsolete as a moral guide. They are to use the Talmud instead. The Talmud is even nastier than the Old Testament is! Read it in translation sometime (if you can find an unexpurgated copy). In places it's like a book of horrors. In other places it's v-i-r-u-l-e-n-t-l-y obscene, and in a few spots it's just plain goofy rules about where to urinate or some such thing.

  • 1 decade ago

    The Torah is the history of God's convenants with His holy people, Israel. In it, He gives His people laws describing how they must be holy (separate/apart) from other nations. Jews believe God created the world with Words. Jews love every word of the Torah, as well as the spaces between the words. Just as the spaces between musical notes create the sounds we hear, the spaces between the words create our understanding of Torah. Reading it in Hebrew creates an entirely new dimension.

    Shalom my friend

    “It has been told you, O mortal, what is good, and what the Eternal requires of you – Only this: to do justly, and love mercy, and walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:1

  • 1 decade ago

    one is from the korans perspective the other is from the christain 2 sides of the same story if you understand what I mean.

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