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History & Traditions of Judaism - Chapter Summary
These lessons offer a simplified way to learn about the history and traditions of Judaism. You can expand what you know about the religious beliefs of the ancient Israelites and Hebrews. You have the opportunity to study at your own pace while reviewing topics like antisemitism in medieval Europe and the Spanish Inquisition. After completing the lessons, you should be ready to:
- Discuss the history of the ancient Israelites
- Recall important figures in the Jewish religion
- Outline the history of the Jewish belief system
- List leaders influenced by the Torah
- Provide a historical perspective of Jewish persecution
- Discuss genocide in Nazi Germany
- Offer examples of Jewish denominations
- Relate the history of Jewish holidays
Our instructors are engaging and illustrative as they teach the history and traditions of Judaism. Depending on your needs, you can study all the lessons or just focus on specific topics. Each lesson has a short quiz that allows you to test your knowledge of the topics covered to make sure you can recall what you've learned.
1. The Ancient Israelites: History, Religion & Timeline
In this lesson we explore the ancient Israelites. Likely the founders of modern Judaism and the ancestors of today's Jewish population, the Israelites are most known for writing the Hebrew Bible.
2. Ancient Israel: Religious Beliefs, Figures & Places
Ancient Israelite religion was not as simple as belief in Yahweh, but also had some conception of other deities as well. This lesson will discuss this ambiguity as well as some of the important figures and holy places of Israelite religion.
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.
4. The Jewish Belief System: Description, Elements & History
This lesson will explore the ancient religion of Judaism, the faith of the Jewish people. In doing so, it will highlight the concept of monotheism, Yahweh's covenant with Abraham and the Jewish texts of law.
5. The Torah: Definition, Laws & Teachings
The Torah has influenced leaders from King David of the Israelites to Martin Luther King, Jr. Central to both Judaism and Christianity (as the first five books of the Old Testament), the Torah's teachings lend to the belief held by some that it is nothing short of the word of God.
6. History of Jewish Persecution
This lesson details the history of anti-Semitism in the modern world. We will explore the development of anti-Semitic ideas, the incorporation of racial theories, and the shifts in rhetoric that eventually led to the Holocaust.
7. Christian Antisemitism in Medieval Europe
Medieval Europe was predominantly full of Christian societies, but not all citizens were Christians. In this lesson, we'll talk about anti-Semitic policies and fears that characterize European societies for over a millennium.
8. Reconquista and Spanish Inquisition
This lesson will explain the Spanish Reconquista and the Spanish Inquisition. It will focus on the reasons for each, specifically highlighting the role of Ferdinand and Isabella, and the tortures they allowed.
9. The Holocaust: Anti-Semitism and Genocide in Nazi Germany
The Holocaust was the persecution and mass murder of as many as 11 million people by Adolf Hitler and the Nazis between 1933 and 1945. Learn about the people they targeted, the progression of events leading up to the Final Solution and the end of the genocide in this lesson.
10. Jewish Denominations: Examples & History
Judaism is a major world religion, but like all religions, it has its denominations. In this lesson, we'll explore the major denominations of Judaism and see how they differ.
11. Jewish Holidays and Rituals: Examples & History
This lesson will focus on the well-known Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and the Passover. In doing this, it will highlight the blowing of the shofar, the Jewish liberation from Egypt, and the Seder meal.
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