Jewish History


History is of the utmost importance in Judaism. Whereas the sacred texts of most ancient religions focus on myths and philosophical concepts, the Jewish Bible is centered around historical narrative; and most Jewish holidays are intended to connect modern Jews with their historical ancestors and traditions. These past events often significantly inform Jewish beliefs.


  • The Biblical Period of Jewish Historyhttp://www.religionfacts.com/judaism/history/biblical

    Judaism traces its history back to the creation of mankind, but the explicitly Jewish historical origins begin with Abraham and the Hebrews. According to the Torah, Abraham's home was the northern Mesopotamian town of Harran...

  • The Enlightenment and Haskalahhttp://www.religionfacts.com/judaism/history/enlightenment

    During the period of the European Renaissance and Enlightenment, significant changes were happening within the Jewish community. The Haskalah movement paralelled the wider Enlightenment, as Jews began in the 1700s to campaign for emancipation from restrictive laws and integration into the wider European society...

  • The Holocausthttp://www.religionfacts.com/judaism/history/holocaust

    Anti-Semitism was common in Europe in the 1920s and 1930s (though its history extends far back throughout many centuries during the course of Judaism)...

  • The Rabbinical Period of Jewish Historyhttp://www.religionfacts.com/judaism/history/rabbinical

    Rabbinical Judaism developed out of the Pharasiac movement and in response to the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE. The rabbis sought to reinterpret Jewish concepts and practices in the absence of the Temple and for a people in exile...

  • Jewish Zionist Movementhttp://www.religionfacts.com/judaism/history/zionism

    The Holocaust and its aftermath left millions of refugees, including many Jews who had lost most or all of their family members and posessions, and often faced persistent anti-Semitism in their home countries...