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The three largest and oldest religions of the world are Judaism Christianity and Islam The history of the Hebrews and their relationship with God is told into the first books of the Bible known as the Old Testament The Ten Commandments which are also followed by Christians is a set of rules that forbid immoral conduct such as stealing and murder Both Islam and Christianity developed out of Judaism All three religions believe in one God monotheistic Christianity later divided into Eastern Orthodoxy and Roman Catholicism Finally in the Protestant Reformation of the 1500s Western Europe divided into Roman Catholicism and Protestantism Islam emerged on the Arabian Peninsula Within a hundred years Islam controlled an area larger than the Roman Empire at its height Judaism is one of the oldest religions in the worlds Based on the teachings found in the Torah it is a monotheistic religion that states that Jews are the chosen people of God This information is found in the Old Testament Jews believe that God spoke to them through Moses who set down rules regarding ethical behavior family relations and forms of worship According the Old Testament Moses led the ancient tribes from Egypt to the Promised Land where they would have their own kingdom Despite two thousand years of discrimination and dispersal throughout Europe North Africa and the Middle East the Jews retained their common beliefs and ethnic and religious identity Jews are classified into three different orders Reform Conservative and Orthodox In Judaism Saturday is a holy day and Jews are presumed to observe the traditional holidays such as Yom Kippur and Roshashanah Many Jews believe that Palestine located in the Middle East was promised to them by God and have established the Jewish nation of Israel in that place However this nationalistic movement where Jews unite to form a nation is called Zionism From Judaism sprang Christianity and then Islam Christianity is a religion based on the
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