Even earlier religions have been influenced by later ones, such as christianity’s influence on judaism judaism has also been influenced by zoroastrianism and hellenism i think most jewish and christian scholars concur on this point. Founded by prophet zarathustra (1700 – 1000 bce), zoroastrianism is amongst the most ancient revealed world-religions, that has highly influenced many prominent modern world zoroastrian eschatology influence on judaism page 2 religious traditions, including judaism, christianity, islam and buddhism. The arsacid (parthian) and sassanian dynasties: the parthians were indifferent religiously and often inclined towards judaism and christianity the parthians were followed by the sassanians who ruled iran from 211 ce to 641 ce.
The jews greatly resisted the imposition of zoroastrianism charading as judaism the construction of the temple designed by the great persian king cyrus for the jews was delayed by both political and physical means christianity adopted these doctrines from zoroastrianism: baptism, communion - the haoma ceremony, guardian angels, the. Zoroastrian influence on judaism is also evident in the evolution of jewish ideas about good, evil, and the end of time the original statement of the famous zoroastrian dualism of good and evil is found in the gathas, where zarathushtra describes the two conflicting principles of good and evil in what might be called psychological, or ethical terms.
From this it may be seen that zoroastrianism provided an influence on christianity and islam that, in all likelihood, was second only to judaism, the religion from which these two grew on the one hand, it is certain that the ties between judaism , christianity , and islam , are very deep, as they are all descended from the prophet abraham. Zoroastrianism, from the beginning, has taught that time and god's creation has a beginning, a middle, and an end-time in which all souls will be judged this is the basis of what the christian belief is based upon and it is easy to draw the conclusion that zoroastrianism had a great influence on christianity and on the bible. Compare and contrast zoroastrianism and judaism the distinguish differences between the two are that judaism is the religious belief of the jews, while zoroastrianism is the older religion of the iranian people better known as the persians and medes the two religions correspond in some respects with the take to be to their cosmological ideas. Assignment 2 zoroastrian eschatology influence on judaism by tara farhid date: march 11, 2014 zoroastrian eschatology influence on judaism page 1 eschatology is a set of theological doctrines as part of many world religious traditions, concerning the final events of history, or the ultimate destiny of mankind.
Questions like did zoroastrianism influence judaism and thus christianity, or was it solely judaism that affected christianity have been asked these questions have recently begun to be discussed more deeply and in this essay we will address these issues. It is hard to prove either that zoroastrianism influenced judaism or that judaism influenced zoroastrianism it is even harder to prove that they did not influence each other what we can say is that abraham and moses both lived long before zoroaster.
Zoroastrianism clearly has had a large influence on christianity there are many aspects of christianity that were not drawn from judaism , although that religion was the major predecessor of christianity. Zoroastrianism is a founding belief system acknowledged to have heavily influenced both abrahamic (judaism, christianity, islam) and dharmic (hinduism, buddhism, jainism and sikhism) religions it is a religion of tolerance and respect for environment that is dwindling in numbers because they neither evangelize nor allow conversion.
The simplest answer to the first question is, yes, there is a great deal of zoroastrian influence on judaism and christianity, but the problem is that it is hard to document this exactly, at least in the early stages of judaism. In fact, many aspects of christianity and islam that many people think typify these two religions have their roots in zoroastrianism the most notable of these aspects are the notions of dualism, judgement at death, heaven and hell, a savior born of a virgin, a final judgement, and resurrection.