M. Nathanson - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Jake
    • 27.05.05 | 23:37 (IDT)

    "At its roots Islam is much closer to Judaism than Chrisitianity, the former two deeply anchored in Middle Eastern religions the latter a Greco-Roman version which eventually was further transformed by West Europe. Judaism today too, is a West European iteration of the ancient Middle Eastern `original`." Mr. Nathanson, I am not a fan of evangelical Christianity, but what you have said is incorrect. "At its roots", Islam may been quite influenced by Judaism. But "at its roots", Christianity was in fact a Jewish sect, the Nazarenes (one had to be a Jew and paractice Mosaic law to be part of it), and it took 350 years for Christianity to assume a "Graeco-Roman" character. May I also remind you that the ENTIRE Hebrew canon is part of the Christian bible, with the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Christians even including in their canons the Jewish apocyphal writings and Books of the Maccabees. And if today's Judaism is just a 'western European iteration' of the 'original', am I to assume then that Islam is the pure unadulterated original??! Judaism and Islam are even from different geographical regions. The original Hebrew tribes, notably Abraham, were Aramaic-speaking tribes from NORTHERN Mesopotamia (southeastern Turkey to be exact), and Canaan was the cradle of the Jewish people and Sinai was where their religion was largely formed. Islam is from deep within the Arabian peninusla, and then within 60 years it spread from Morocco to the gates of China, by the sword. The world view and aspirations of Judaism and Islam could not be more different, even if certain aspects of ritual practice are similar.

    from the article: Think before you sing `Hatikva'
    First published 00:00 27.05.05 | Last updated 00:00 27.05.05
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