Why is Judaism so resilient?

Mar 2011
66
Sumeria, I wish
Also, Egyptians trace their ancestors to even an older time, as do Persians in Iran, Assyrians and other peoples. Many nationalities in Europe can trace their origins to pre Roman times, up to even mythological times. Jews are not alone in this regard but rather are anither example of human culture transmission and evolution
 

AlpinLuke

Forum Staff
Oct 2011
27,241
Italy, Lago Maggiore
Okay, let's agree (though I certainly don't) for the sake of argument that Judaism has survived for being "ethnocentric" and "exclusive". Why didn't other religions and peoples developed this kind of ethnocentrism and exclusivism? Why only Jews?
We cannot exclude that some tribal clans were exclusive as well in the past. I have to check if there are historical records of something similar.

Anyway Judaism is exclusive itself: Jews have never had the religious duty to convert the world. Christians and Muslims, having to do this, cannot be exclusive. Like other religions which know proselytism ...
 
Aug 2014
481
Crete
Judaism not only survived that long but it conquered the world, if you include to it Christianity and Islam
 

AlpinLuke

Forum Staff
Oct 2011
27,241
Italy, Lago Maggiore
Judaism not only survived that long but it conquered the world, if you include to it Christianity and Islam
The root of the Abrahamic religions is ... Judaism ... it's evident!

And probably this is relevant also for the survival of Judaism, despite the persecutions by Christians and Muslims: at the end the great monotheist religions give credit to Judaism, a credit which increases the identity of the Jewish communities.
 
Aug 2014
481
Crete
The root of the Abrahamic religions is ... Judaism ... it's evident!

And probably this is relevant also for the survival of Judaism, despite the persecutions by Christians and Muslims: at the end the great monotheist religions give credit to Judaism, a credit which increases the identity of the Jewish communities.
Exactly, all those religions accept each other in their deeps, Jesus said he was a messiah, but which messiah? of the Judaism bible... and the judaists said ''no its not you''... and a new religion, Christianity created...
 
Apr 2017
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The Ancient World
Of the various religions that originated in the pre-Christian Mediterranean, Judaism is the only one to have survived, even though Jews have been persecuted and oppressed for centuries with brutality that many times was genocidal. This prompts the question of why and how? Why is Judaism so resilient? How has Judaism survived for some 3,000 years since the emergence of the kingdom of Israel? Why did the other pre-Christian Mediterranean religions neighbouring Judaism disappear?

I thought this would be an interesting historical discussion, so what are your thoughts on the matter?
The reasons may be given as follows:

1) Religious: Jews believe they are the chosen people and their religious texts contain many stories of suffering, piety, resistance and endurance, which they value as virtues. Proselytism was practised from time to time (mainly towards women), but otherwise non-Jews (according to Jewish custom) were strictly avoided or used for Jewish advantages.

2) Cultural: Jews not only maintain close communities, but also have gained cultural experience from travelling and trading throughout other lands, which makes them collectively astute.

3) Economical: Jews have always flocked to cities in order to seek a mercantile livelihood or to become money-lenders and craftsmen. Their close communities spread throughout many cities and cultural experience ensures their prosperity. Most foreign Jews were of the middle class and rarely poor, and hence the laws that sought to retrain their wealth.

4) Political: Jews at home fiercely fought for cultural independence and would never take part in political affairs abroad until they were very well established and assimilated (I.e. beginning from about 250 years ago in Europe). However, they were not unwilling (not unsuccessful) to court the wealthy and royal families for protection and profit. Their closely connected communities in Europe and beyond also allowed them to gain an upperhand with important news and knowledge of general affairs, in order to anticipate advantages and dangers, when they arose.
 
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JoanOfArc007

Ad Honorem
Dec 2015
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USA
Jews like Muslims and Christians...look up to their warrior heroes such a David and Solomon...this type of spiritual influence plays a role in inspiring Jews to fight harder. While emotion can not overcome skill...certainly there are mental techniques that can make one more confident and Jews like Muslims and Christians can succesfully utizle that spirtual inspiration.
 

JoanOfArc007

Ad Honorem
Dec 2015
3,909
USA
Judaism is highly ethnocentric and non-compromising, most jews marry other jews and because they don't proselytize... the few converts they get are quickly assimilated by their culture.

Pogroms and persecution have also been useful, because it reminds all jews, even those who don't observe the law or believe in Hashem, that they're distinct from other ethnicities.

It also reaffirms their goyim mythos and their status as the chosen people.
In the USA 50% of marriages involving Jews are interfaith marriages. Also Judaism is a religion of proselytisation...even today there are Jews seeking to convert non Jews...perhaps in not as a high a volume as the Jews of for example the Himaryite Kingdom.