What Is the 'Judeo-Christian Tradition'?

What Is the 'Judeo-Christian Tradition'?
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We often hear or read the label “Judeo-Christian” and do not think twice about the fact that it combines two rather disparate things. After all, the Jewish scriptures that make up the Tanakh are the primary source for what Christians call the “Old Testament,” and the central figure in Christianity was himself a Jew. However, many religious scholars hesitate to use the term, citing concerns that two religions with distinct histories and belief systems should not be so easily lumped together. Where does “Judeo-Christian” come from? And is it appropriate?

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