Ch 14: MEGA Social Science Multi-Content: Principal Religious Beliefs to 1350 CE

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This chapter's lessons were created by our expert instructors as preparation for your upcoming Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments (MEGA) Social Science Multi-Content test. Here we discuss principal religious beliefs up to 1350.

MEGA Social Science Multi-Content: Principal Religious Beliefs to 1350 CE - Chapter Summary

These short video lessons act as refreshers for topics you may not have studied in a while you as you ready yourself for the MEGA Social Science Multi-Content test. When you are done with the lessons in this chapter, you will be better prepared to answer test questions on such lesson topics as:

  • Monotheism versus polytheism in religion
  • Judaism and its origins, history, beliefs and key figures
  • The Jewish Diaspora in the ancient world
  • Movements of the ancient Hebrews, including the Exodus
  • The events, life and teachings of Jesus
  • Christianity and Judaism in the Roman Empire
  • Mohammed and Islam
  • The nontheisms of Buddhism, Hinduism and Confucianism

Each of the lessons last between five and ten minutes. Features include a quiz at the end for testing comprehension, a transcript of the video for following along, a timeline tool for locating any specific video information, and a way to pose a question directly to the instructor.

11 Lessons in Chapter 14: MEGA Social Science Multi-Content: Principal Religious Beliefs to 1350 CE
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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 Jewish Diaspora in the Ancient World

3. 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.

The Hebrews and Their Beliefs

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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.

Jesus of Nazareth: Events, Life & Teachings

8. Jesus of Nazareth: Events, Life & Teachings

In this lesson, we explore the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, explain a few of the problems with arriving at a clear picture of Jesus, and discuss the facts as we know them.

Growth of Early Christianity in Rome

9. Growth of Early Christianity in Rome

In this lesson, we explore the experiences of early Christians under the Roman Empire, from their early periods of toleration and persecution to the conversion of Emperor Constantine.

Mohammed and the Birth of Islam

10. Mohammed and the Birth of Islam

Out of the deserts of Arabia would come a man who would change the world. He was Mohammed, founder of the religion of Islam, and this lesson serves as a brief summary of his life and the founding of the religion of Islam.

Nontheism: Hinduism, Buddhism & Confucianism

11. Nontheism: Hinduism, Buddhism & Confucianism

Not all religions focus on the belief (or disbelief) in a particular deity. In this lesson, we define nontheism and discuss the ideologies of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Confucianism.

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