The Online Dictionary Definitions of ‘Judeo/Christian’ in Brief
/ — The religious writings, beliefs, values, or traditions held in common by Judaism and Christianity. (Dictionary.com)
/ — Pertaining to Judaism and Christianity.(English Wiktionary)
/ — Having historical roots in both Judaism and Christianity.(Mirriam Webster Dictionary)
/ — Having origins in both Judaism and Christianity…or pertaining to Christianity…as in the Judeo-Christian tradition. (Webster’s Dictionary 1913)
/ — Being historically related to both Judaism and Christianity- ‘the Judeo-Christian tradition’ (WordNet 3.0 Dictionary)
The quotes from various online Dictionaries, seen both above and below this text, are all official definitions of the specific term ‘Judeo-Christian’, which is quite often used as part of a more formal set of terms commonly known as the ‘Judeo-Christian Tradition’ (or Judeo-Christian values, ethics, morality, culture, folklore, etc.). As one can clearly see while reading these references, there appears to be several totally different and independent reference publishing companies which have entries that obviously use the same source text as other rival providers of word definitons and meanings. Even so, at least five distinctly different definitions can be be found quite easily online and they include the following:
The Five Basic Online Definitions of ‘Judeo/Christian’
I. Of or pertaining to the religious writings, beliefs, values, or traditions held in common by Judaism and Christianity.
II. Of or pertaining to Judaism and Christianity.
III. Having historical roots in both Judaism and Christianity.
IV. Having origins in both Judaism and Christianity, of or pertaining to Christianity- as, the Judeo-Christian tradition.
V. Being historically related to both Judaism and Christianity, ‘the Judeo-Christian tradition’
Three of the five definitions for ‘Judeo-Christian’ are original and unique dictionary entries not found anywhere else, either on or off the Web. This includes the writings found at Dictionary.com, English Wiktionary, and Mirriam Webster Dictionary, all of whom run their own for-profit websites, independent of each other. The last two definitions are mutually shared sets of text. The first, labeled ‘Definition #4’ in the list seen below, originates from a much older Dictionary called Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary dating from 1913, while the other originates from WordNet 3.0 Dictionary (an affiliate of Princeton University) which apparently shares its data with a number of other Dictionary/reference companies including both the Free Dictionary online and WordIQ.com. This overlap and duplication in definitions can be seen below:
JUDEO/CHRISTIAN DEFINITION #1) Of or pertaining to the religious writings, beliefs, values, or traditions held in common by Judaism and Christianity. (Dictionary.com)
JUDEO/CHRISTIAN DEFINITION #2) Of or pertaining to Judaism and Christianity. (English Wiktionary)
JUDEO/CHRISTIAN DEFINITION #3) Having historical roots in both Judaism and Christianity (Mirriam Webster Dictionary)
JUDEO/CHRISTIAN DEFINITION #4) Having origins in both Judaism and Christianity; of or pertaining to Christianity; as, the Judeo-Christian tradition. (Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, also found in the GNU Collaborative International Dictionary of English)
JUDEO/CHRISTIAN DEFINITION #5) Being historically related to both Judaism and Christianity; “the Judeo-Christian tradition” – synonym: Judeo-Christian (WordNet 3.0 Dictionary, also found in the Free Dictionary’s Thesaurus and WordIQ.com)
A short, preliminary amount of background research reveals that, when it comes to the duplicated definitions found in Definitions #4 and #5, it appears that both online reference sites were using a third-party source secured through the appropriate copyright permissions and payments between publishing companies. In conclusion, one can clearly see a general, yet tightly defined, understanding of ‘Judeo/Christian’ as that which MUST include both Jewish and Christian perspectives as being either the exact same. or very similar, in nature to truly be described with this fairly unique and mostly modern concept.
NOTE: Even though this particular term which appears in this post mainly as ‘Judeo/Christian’ (or Judeo-Christian), there are even more ways to spell and/or write this same phrase, such as Judaeo-Christian, Judeo Christian, Judeochristian, or even JudeoChristian. The fairly new and uncommon method of using ‘Judeo/Christian’ has a significant meaning behind in that the slash ‘/’ is meant to symbolically represent the historical fact that both Judaism and Christianity believe in the exact same Archangels of the Four Corners commonly known as Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, and Uriel. The slash ‘/’ being drawn at a perfect ‘Angle’ (/) is meant to evoke the concept of ‘Angel’ as well. In the end, it seems appropriate than the more confrontation and polarizing appearance of the horizontal dash ‘-‘ as in Judeo-Christian.