Judeo-Christian Tradition

The term judeo-Christian is used to group Christian and Judaism together either in reference to Christian derivation from Judaism or due to the parallels and commonalities shared by both religions like the 10 commandments and other things.


It is worth emphasizing that Judaism and Christianity are, more or less, the same age and share a common religious heritage. Both arose in the first century CE out of the Hebrew Scriptures ― known to Jews as the Tanakh and comprised of the Teaching (Torah), the Prophets, and the Writings.


What Christians would call “the Old Testament” arose out of these Hebrew texts; to them, the Christians eventually added a collection of books from the first century or so of the Common Era called “the New Testament.”

Both Judaism and Christianity became religions based predominantly on these texts, and not on the dominant temple religion of the Jews in Jerusalem as it was at the time of Jesus. In the case of Christianity, this was because it determined its future to be, not in Israel, but in the wider Greco-Roman world. In the case of Judaism, it was because its future was determined for it in the Greco-Roman world by the destruction of the temple at Jerusalem by the Romans and the subsequent expulsion of the Jews from Israel in 70 CE.


So although Judaism and Christianity have a common ancestry, they both became “religions of the books”

Judeo-Christian tradition was Originally invented to designate connections between Judaism and Christianity in antiquity.


The term “Judeo-Christian” has long historic roots, and is said by some to form the basis of Western civilisation, invoking the shared values and connected fates of these two faiths. It references the fact that Christianity was derived from Judaism, and that both religions use the Torah.


It used to be a shorthand for ethics such as the dignity of human life, common decency and support for traditional family values but today it is most often used to draw a line between imagined Christian values and a perceived threat of Muslim immigration.

7 principles of Judeo-Christianity by Dr. Richard Lee.

Principle 1- The Dignity of Human Life. Exodus 20:13 “You shall not murder.”  The Scriptures emphatically teach the great importance of the respect and preservation of human life. In the Declaration of Independence, our nation’s Founding Fathers wrote that every man, woman and child has the right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Principle 2- The Traditional Family


The biblical view of marriage and family is the basis of our society and serves as the backbone of a healthy social order. The clear plan of God involves a man and a woman producing children within the institution of marriage. Since the joining together of Adam and Eve, marriage has been defined as a holy union between one man and one woman, and out of that union comes children born into a loving home with a father and a mother to nurture them and teach them how to become healthy, productive and responsible citizens.


Genesis 2:21-24 “And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place.  Then the rib which the LORD God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.  And Adam said: “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.”  Therefore, a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”


Principle 3 – A National Work Ethic


Ingrained deep within the American spirit is the willingness and desire to give an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay.

Principle 4 – The Right to A God-Centered Education


Principle 5- The Abrahamic Covenant


The book of Genesis records the story of God coming to Abraham and making a covenant with him. The basis of this covenant was that, if Abraham would follow God in obedience to His laws and commandments, God would bless Abraham with generations of children that would outnumber the stars in the heavens (Gen. 15:5).


Principle 6 – Common Decency


Simply put, decent nations are made up of decent people who, when faced with a situation, would do the decent and honest thing.


Principle 7- Our Personal Accountability to God

Hebrews 9:27 “And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment.”

Perhaps the greatest restraint for acts of evil against one’s fellow man is the realization that every person and every nation of people will one day give an account for their actions to Almighty God.

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