Judaism is the twelfth-largest organized religion. While originating in polytheism, it is one of the first recorded monotheistic faiths and one of the oldest religious traditions still practiced today. It gradually grew out of the Canaanite religion and culture between 1000-5000 BCE, while adopting ideas from surrounding religious such as Egyptian mythology and Zoroastrianism. 
The Jewish faith is centered around the worship of their god, Yahweh, as described in the Jewish Bible. The Jews use what Christians refer to as the Old Testament, with the first five books making up the Pentateuch. Jesus was a Jew and considered himself to be a reformer of Judaism, although Jesus is considered a heretic by mainstream Jews. Inspired by Jesus, Christianity is an offshoot of Judaism that originated in the first century CE.
Jews are largely divided into denominations based on how strongly they follow traditional Jewish law, rather than on theological differences. The main denominations are Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform, in decreasing order of severity.
Beliefs and practices
- Worship of God
- Ten commandments
- Keeping the Sabbath holy
- Resurrection of the dead
- The Jews are a chosen people that have an eternal covenant with God.
- Judaism at a glance on BBC Religion & Ethics
- Judaism on Faith in the Holy Land Series on Israel's Youtube channel
- Judaism 101
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