2017 Student Research Conference:
30th Annual Student Research Conference

Christian Until Proven Jewish: Challenging the Judeo-Christian Identity


Devin R. Gant
Dr. Dereck Daschke, Faculty Mentor

This research is an ongoing effort into studying what is Jewish about the Judeo-Christian Identity. The basic premise behind this work is that unless there are distinctly Jewish elements present, this is ultimately a Christian identity and not one that can claim legitimate Jewish affiliation. I have devised a test of ten distinctly Christian and ten distinctly Jewish elements used as a lens to analyze the books read and research completed during this semester to determine if the Judeo portion of Judeo-Christian has any merit. In conducting this research I have found that there are more unanswered questions raised in challenging this identity than concrete answers provided to support it. I perceived this identity to be one of unshakable stature: one that could withstand the scrutiny of analysis, but what I have found is there is an illusory veil masking this phrase, prompting reexamination of its usage in today’s nomenclature. 

Keywords: Judaism, Christianity, Judeo-Christian, Identity, Values, Traditions, Myth, Reexamination

Topic(s):Philosophy & Religion

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 210-3
Location: VH 1224
Time: 10:00

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