Ch 2: MTTC Social Studies (Secondary): Foundations of Major Religions

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Check out this MTTC Social Studies (Secondary) prep chapter to get a quick refresher on the foundations of Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Islam and Christianity. Instructors cover these religions' origins and sacred texts over the course of short video lessons that are self-paced.

MTTC Social Studies (Secondary): Foundations of Major Religions - Chapter Summary

Let us help you prepare for MTTC Social Studies (Secondary) exam questions on major world religions. This chapter's video lessons and quizzes can help you take another look at topics including:

  • Origins of Hinduism
  • The four goals of Hindu life
  • Buddhism's origins
  • The Four Noble Truths
  • The Eightfold Path
  • Origins of Judaism
  • Hebrew beliefs
  • The Jewish Diaspora
  • The Ten Commandments
  • Content of the Gospels
  • History of the early Christian church
  • The birth of Islam
  • The Qur'an and Hadith
  • Five Pillars of Islam

Focus on any one of these religion topics or review them all. This chapter includes illustrated video lessons lasting less than ten minutes each as well as transcripts, multiple-choice lesson quizzes and a chapter test, all of which are completely self-paced.

14 Lessons in Chapter 2: MTTC Social Studies (Secondary): Foundations of Major Religions
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The Origins of Hinduism: the Indus River Valley & the Harappa Culture

1. The Origins of Hinduism: the Indus River Valley & the Harappa Culture

This lesson will seek to explain the origins of Hinduism. Highlighting the Harappa culture and the Vedic period, it will also explore the Hindu beliefs in Moksha and Brahman.

The Four Goals of Hindu Life: Kama, Artha, Dharma & Moksha

2. The Four Goals of Hindu Life: Kama, Artha, Dharma & Moksha

This lesson will seek to explain the four permissible goals of Hindu life. In doing so, it will define the ancient concepts of kama, artha, dharma and moksha.

Gautama Buddha: The Founding of Buddhism

3. Gautama Buddha: The Founding of Buddhism

This lesson will explore the founding of Buddhism and the life of Siddhartha Gautama. It will also highlight nirvana, asceticism, the concept of a bodhisattva, and the Bodhi tree.

The Four Noble Truths & the Eightfold Path to Enlightenment

4. The Four Noble Truths & the Eightfold Path to Enlightenment

This lesson will explain the Four Noble Truths of Buddhism. In doing so, it will explain the origins of Buddhism and the life of Siddhartha Gautama. It will also highlight the Buddhist belief of the Eightfold Path.

Judaism: Origins & Significance

5. 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

6. 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.

The Exodus & Other Movements of the Ancient Hebrew Peoples

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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 Gospels: The Life of Christ

10. The Gospels: The Life of Christ

This lesson will be a brief exploration of the life of Christ. It will highlight His virgin birth, public ministry, the reasons for His crucifixion, His resurrection and the Christian message that Christ offered salvation to all who believe in His name.

The Early Christian Church and Its Ties to Judaism

11. The Early Christian Church and Its Ties to Judaism

This lesson will explore the early Christian Church and its close connection to Judaism. It will highlight the similarities of these two faiths in reference to the Holy Scriptures while also exploring their disagreement over the person of Jesus Christ.

Mohammed and the Birth of Islam

12. 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.

The Qur'an and the Hadith: Islamic Revelation

13. The Qur'an and the Hadith: Islamic Revelation

This lesson will focus on the Koran and the Hadith as sacred texts of Islam. In doing so, it will highlight the Muslim monotheistic belief in Allah and the revelation of the Koran to Muhammad.

Five Pillars of the Islamic Faith: Overview, the Quran & Sharia Law

14. Five Pillars of the Islamic Faith: Overview, the Quran & Sharia Law

The Five Pillars of Islam are the foundation of the world's second largest faith. They are characterized by a simplicity that encourages peaceful cooperation between people, which is one reason for the religion's widespread devotion. This lesson will detail each of the five and show how they relate to the daily lives of practicing Muslims.

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