Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Judeo-Christian Introduction: Defining the Word 'Judeo-Christian'

Fear God and keep His Commandments for this is the whole duty of man.

- Ecclesiastes 12:13

Introduction: Defining the Word 'Judeo-Christian'

Before any serious discussion or analysis of the Judeo-Christian tradition can actually take place, one must first define the terms being utilized. The specific English word, 'Judeo-Christian' has only been in use since around the year 1899. Here are just a few definitions as can be found on-line today:

(adj) \jü-dā-ō-kris-chən
Definition of JUDEO-CHRISTIAN: having historical roots in both Judaism and Christianity
Origin of JUDEO-CHRISTIAN (Latin- Judaeus Jew)
First Known Use: 1899

- Mirriam-Webster Dictionary

(adj.) 1. having origins in both Judaism and Christianity, of or pertaining to Christianity, as in, the Judeo-Christian tradition.

- Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, 1913

(Adjective) 1. Being historically related to both Judaism and Christianity. As in "the Judeo-Christian tradition"

- WordWeb Online

Judeo-Christian (-adjective)
Definition: of or pertaining to the religious writings, beliefs, values, or traditions held in common by Judaism and Christianity.
Also, Judaeo-Christian.
Origin: 1895-1900

- Dictionary.com, Random House Dictionary

1. (adjective) being historically related to both Judaism and Christianity; "the Judeo-Christian tradition"

- WordNet 3.0, by Princeton University

The adjective JUDEO-CHRISTIAN has 1 sense:
Meaning: being historically related to both Judaism and Christianity
Familiarity information: JUDEO-CHRISTIAN used as an adjective is very rare.
Classified under: Relational adjectives (pertainyms)
Context example: the Judeo-Christian tradition

- Audio-English.net Dictionary

May the LORD God bless you in the name of the Judeo-Christian tradition.

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