Religions least influenced by the Hebrews are those that predate the Hebrews and may even have influenced the Hebrews. The ancient Egyptians, ancient Indians, Sumerians, Babylonians and other cultures throughout Mesopotamia all had well-established religions prior to the advent of the Hebrews.Continue Reading
Two thousand years before the Hebrews established their religion, the Egyptians developed a pantheon of gods that played very prominent roles in their society. Many scholars agree that the ancient Hebrew religion borrowed from the Egyptians. The ideas of resurrection and life after death, for instance, originated with the ancient Egyptians.
Hinduism, which is one of the largest and fastest-growing religions in the world, is another religion that predates the religion of the ancient Hebrews. Hinduism's origins are unknown, and the religion may be an evolution of an ancient Aryan religion. Hinduism is unique from Judeo-Christian religions that stemmed from the ancient Hebrew religion because rather than requiring followers to follow a strict creed handed down from one god, it is composed of a loose pantheon of many gods, and its practitioners do not share a universal set of beliefs. Mesopotamia, often described as the cradle of civilization, is also the historical home of many religions that predate the Hebrew religion.Learn more about Religion