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Ch 3: NES: Major Religions

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Use our lessons to learn more about the origins and influence of several major religions. These short videos and quizzes can aid in your preparation for NES Middle Grades Social Science exam questions on these religions.

NES: Major Religions - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter cover some of the world's major religions and their history, with an emphasis on Judaism and its influence. Watching these videos will help you with NES Middle Grades Social Science exam questions on topics including:

  • Polytheism and monotheism
  • Origins and influence of Judaism
  • The beliefs of the Hebrews
  • Figures who shaped ancient Judaism
  • The Exodus and movements of the ancient Hebrews
  • The Jewish Diaspora
  • Origins of Hinduism, Buddhism and Confucianism
  • Mohammed and the founding of Islam

Our lessons are available via computer, smartphone or tablet. They average about five minutes in length, and you can watch them anytime. Lesson quizzes, chapter tests and an end-of-course exam gauge your learning, and you can ask the instructor if you have any questions. Lesson transcripts highlight key terms and concepts and allow you to read along with the narrator.

NES: Major Religions Chapter Objectives

New Mexico, Oregon and Arizona require passing the NES Middle Grades Social Science exam as one of the requirements for certification to teach the subject. The exam's 150 questions are divided into four content domains, and questions on information from the Major Religions chapter are in the content History domain, which accounts for 50% of the exam's score.

All questions on the NES Middle Grades Social Science are multiple-choice, as are the questions on our lesson quizzes. Completing these short quizzes will familiarize you with answering questions in this format and also let you assess your knowledge. There are links on the answer key that let you jump back to the lesson and review passages with information on questions you answered incorrectly.

10 Lessons in Chapter 3: NES: Major Religions
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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 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.

The Early Christian Church and Its Ties to Judaism

8. 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.

Nontheism: Hinduism, Buddhism & Confucianism

9. 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.

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.

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