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    We should also remember that Buddhism grew out of the Indian religious scene in a manner not so different from how Christianity grew out of Judaism.  And that Zoroastrianism is not very far removed from the origins of Hinduism.

    Whether or not Buddhist ideas affected Judea or not, Indo-Iranian ideas absolutely did.  The Jews clearly saw the Zoroastrians  as kindred spirits, and did not see their religious tradition as avodah zarah ("foreign worship", i.e., the worship of idols;  I don't want to use the word "pagan" here).  Anything around the End of Days, the various myths and ideas about The Adversary (Hebrew:  satan) are more Iranian than Hebrew, but you can't really talk about either Christianity or Rabbinical Judaism without making reference to them.

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    by mbayrob on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 01:28:05 AM PST

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