Judaism: The Father of the Western Religious Tradition

Judaism has only 14-16 million followers worldwide, accounting for only 0.22% of the world’s total population (which is currently around 7.4 billion). So about 1 out of every 500 people in the world are Jewish. Around 81% of the Jewish population resides in only 2 countries: Israel and the United States. In spite of all of this, nearly all religion scholars classify Judaism, along with Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity and Islam, as the five major world religions. With all of the above stated, it seems like these facts demonstrably fly in the face of Judaism being given this label. So, why is Judaism designated as a major world religion?

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