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Ch 3: The Ancient Hebrews

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Watch quick and comprehensive lessons on the ancient Hebrews. These video lessons use dynamic animations and on-screen graphics to bring critical concepts about the ancient Hebrews to life.

The Ancient Hebrews - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Explore the religious beliefs and movements of the ancient Hebrews in this chapter. The experienced instructors who lead these lessons will teach you about the differences between monotheism and polytheism and the origin of Judaism. When you've finished the lessons in this chapter, you'll be familiar with:

  • Key figures associated with the development of Judaism
  • Judaism's significance
  • Significance of the Exodus
  • Jewish Diaspora

Video Objectives
Many Gods vs. One God: Polytheism and Monotheism in Religion Differentiate between polytheism and monotheism.
The Origins and Significance of Judaism Examine the significance of Judaism as the first monotheistic religion. Discuss the religion's origin.
The Hebrews and Their Beliefs Discover core concepts of Judaism and the impact of the Hebrew's oppressive history on religion.
Key People in the Development of the Jewish Religion Analyze the importance of Abraham, Moses, David, Ruth, Yohanan Ben Zaccai and Naomi on the development of the Jewish religion.
The Exodus and Other Movements of the Hebrew Peoples Trace the locations of Hebrew settlements and movements. Describe the importance of the Exodus.
The Hebrews' Movement to and from Egypt Examine the movements of Hebrew people to and from Egypt. Describe the significance of these movements.
The Diaspora of the Jewish People Discuss the reasons Judaism survived in spite of the dispersion of the Jewish population from Jerusalem.

7 Lessons in Chapter 3: The Ancient Hebrews
Polytheism & Monotheism in Religion: Many Gods vs. One God

1. Polytheism & Monotheism in Religion: Many Gods vs. One God

Many religions can be characterized as either polytheistic or monotheistic. This lesson teaches not only those concepts, but also how many of today's religious traditions fit into those definitions. After you've watched the video, test your new knowledge with our quiz questions!

Judaism: Origins & Significance

2. Judaism: Origins & Significance

Judaism is one of the world's oldest religions, largely due to its ability to travel, but it has had an even greater influence on two other world religions, Christianity and Islam.

The Hebrews and Their Beliefs

3. The Hebrews and Their Beliefs

This lesson covers the Hebrews and their beliefs. We look at the core tenets of Judaism and explore some of the stories from the Torah. Finally, we see how the Hebrews' history of oppression impacted their religion and the world today.

Key Figures in the Jewish Religion's History

4. Key Figures in the Jewish Religion's History

Major religious traditions don't just happen overnight. They take the input of many different people. This lesson looks at the roles of some of the most important people in Jewish history.

The Exodus & Other Movements of the Ancient Hebrew Peoples

5. The Exodus & Other Movements of the Ancient Hebrew Peoples

From its earliest days, Judaism was a religion on the move. Find out what allowed Jewish culture to survive in the face of numerous conquests over thousands of years.

Ancient Hebrews' Movement to & from Egypt

6. Ancient Hebrews' Movement to & from Egypt

The Israelites may have been invited to Egypt under the best of circumstances, but left under some of the worst in history. This lesson explains both, as well as how the Israelites' religion became so durable in the face of such movement.

The Jewish Diaspora in the Ancient World

7. The Jewish Diaspora in the Ancient World

Though a defining moment in Jewish history, the Diaspora in the Ancient World was something that Judaism had spent hundreds of years preparing for in order to ensure its survival.

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