What Major Religions Practice the teachings of the Old Testament?

The Old Testament is how do I put this, old. One could imagine many different people coming from many different places, times and cultures would embrace this Collection of teachings.


I should have fraised this question differently.

I am looking for information on what religions read The Old Testament. It dose not matter if it is a major one practiced today or some lost faction of spitual faith from 2000 years ago.

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  • Ami
    Lv 7
    8 years ago
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    There's also Karaism, which is a different form of Judaism than normative Rabbinical Judaism. Karaites only use the Tanakh, and don't believe in the Oral Law (which all other Rabbinical Jews do).

  • 8 years ago

    Judaism and Samaritanism (which many may classify as a sub-form of Judaism)

    @note on Karaism - this is a hard to define group.

    Some consider themselves separate, others recognise themselves as part of the Jewish nation.

    Likewise from the other side - in some places "rabinic" (or "normative") Jews saw the Karaites as part of the whole, in others, the "rabinic" Jews regarded the Karaites as "other".

    Also - only a sub-segment of Karaites are "purposeful" Karaites - a philosophical movement, while others are "ignorant" Karaites - a Jewish group with less access to the rabinic legislative tradition.

    From the side of the evil ones -

    the Nazis killed Karaites as Jews.

    @Islam -- Islam does not follow "Old Testament" (ie: Hebrew Bible). They follow the Koran and Hadits - many of the stories in these parallel the Hebrew Bible - but it is a wholy different book.

    ...if we want to talk "micro groups"

    - There are the Bnei Menashe in India/Burma - they consider themselves part of the Jewish people but they nevertheless undergo a formal Orthodox conversion -- thus, the technical Jewish view that they agree with is that they are a separate group that is trying to re-blend.

    - the Abayudah in Ugandah.

    They started keeping Judaism on their own in the 50ies and have been seeking Jews to convert them to "proper" Judaism. Conversions are currently ongoing.

    - there is a similar group of Indians in Peru

    - the Subotniks of Russia - Russians who rejected Russian Orthodox Christianity in the 18th century. There are actualy some subgroups:

    - the "Gers" - like the Abayudah - they sought full conversion to Judaism but were kept separate from Jews by force under the Tzar. Rabbis snuck over when they could to convert people and teach.

    - Karaite Subbotniks - they try to follow the "written Torah" only - based on their own interpretation - and they enjoy arguing with "normative" Jews. Before WWII, they tried to keep contact with the Karaites of Russia and used prayer books from them.

    - Christian Subbotniks - kinda like Seventh Day adventsts

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    Judaism. But not literally. Its more about just keeping culture and following the 10 commandments.

    Source(s): Jewish
  • 8 years ago

    The Orthodox Jews fall in this category. Less than 1% of the world population is Jewish, though. Most Jews live in Brooklyn or Israel, with small enclaves in Europe(screw you, Hitler!) I don't know why Christians aren't Jewish, I mean, Jesus was a Jew..

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  • 8 years ago

    Islam. As a group, they live perhaps the most biblical of lives. Which should give us some idea of how bad it would be for it to be applied universally.

  • 8 years ago

    All the divine books have repeatedly the same message ,,,obey and worship God.

    The rest people try to self deceive.

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