why do they call judaism, judaism?

why do they call judaism, judaism?

basically, what is the meaning behind it

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Answer by rhanjo
Judaism is the religion that most Jews in Judah follow.

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6 Responses to “why do they call judaism, judaism?”

  • katagalugan9 says:

    i am sure the teachings are based on judaic laws from the old testament bible.

  • logic1812 says:

    Because it was originated from the jewish tribe of Judah…out of the stem of Jesse…There are 12 tribes in the land of Judah.

  • ste_jeffries says:

    If they called it haddock it would be a fish.

  • mehereintheeast says:

    Because Jews place a lot of emphasis on the House of David, as do Christians. From the Jews perspective, the Messiah is to come from the house of David. From the Vchristians perspective, Jesus was of the house of David. Judaism simply refers to the kingdom ruled by the house of David after the Kingdom of Israel broke off following the death of King Solomon. This became the Kingdom of Judah and those that follow the teachings of the Kingdom of Judah follow Judaism.

    Here is an interesting fact: The original Greek text of the New Testament makes no difference between the names “Judah”, “Judas” and “Jude”, rendering them all as Ioudas; and yet in many English translations “Judah” is used for the Old Testament figure and the tribe named after him, “Judas” is used primarily for Judas Iscariot, and “Jude” for other New Testament persons of the same name.

    I hope this helps.

  • asimplefreak says:

    well, way back before christ there were 12 main tribes of hewbrews. one was the tribe of judas (not the one who betrayed judas, but he was from this tribe). when the babylonians took over there were two tribes in jehrico (which later became babylonia). the other tribe was slaughtered in the assyrian mounts, but the tribe of judas were held captive in the city (as slaves). when the babylonian captivity (which you could google for more info) ended, the jews spread like wild fire and became the most prevalent tribe, which is now the only one recognized as having survived.

    to make that short the term judaism comes from the family name judas. it just means that you are related to an ancient guy named judas!

  • bruhaha says:

    The word “Judaism” is related to the word “Jewish”, and to the name “Judah”, though it’s not so obvious in English. Here’s how it happened:

    “Judaism” is derived from the name “Judah” — it was used to refer to the religion of the ‘people of Judah’. “Judah” was one of the larger, more powerful tribes of the people of Israel, the tribe from which King David and his descendants come. Most of the Israelite tribes to the north split off to form their own kingdom after the death of David’s son Solomon (called “Israel” in the Bible, while the southern kingdom is called “Judah”).

    After the Assyrians destroyed the Northern Kingdom (Israel) late in the 8th century BC, only the kingdom of Judah remained. They were the ones who fell to Nebuchadnezzar and many of whom were exiled to Babylonia. in the 6th century B.C. And they were the ones who later re-established a kingdom. Remnants of the other tribes joined them, but the tribe of Judah was still central, hence the people were known by this name.

    A literal translation of the TERM used from them might be “Jud-ish” (compare the term “Judean”). In fact, most European languages use a form something like that. German is Juedisch. What causes confusion is the fact that English lost the “d” and ended up with the word”JEWISH”, a form that is not obviously related to “Judah”/”Judean”.

    (For what it’s worth, the language spoken by many Jewish people in Eastern Europe is a dialect of GERMAN –not Hebrew– called Juedisch, or in English, “Yiddish”)

    One other note: there was in the first century a lot more variety in “Judaism” (or perhaps we should say “Judaism-s”). The form we now identify as Judaism was the Rabbinic form that gained the ascendancy after the Temple was destroyed in AD 70. (Remember too that Christianity was considered a Jewish sect in the first century; thus what we think of today as “Judaism” and “Christianity” were in a sense born at about the same time, two distinct offshoots of one tree.)

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