Ch 3: NMTA: Major Religions

About This Chapter

Brush up on your knowledge of world religions. Our video lessons and quizzes offer an effective way to study major religions for the NES Middle Grades Social Science test, now used in place of the equivalent NMTA test.

NMTA: Major Religions - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, lessons describe the origins, beliefs and significance of religions around the world. Our instructors explore the following topics:

  • Comparisons between polytheism and monotheism
  • The significance of Judaism as the first monotheistic religion
  • Discussing the Hebrews and their beliefs
  • Key figures in the development of the Jewish religion
  • The settlements and movements of the ancient Hebrew people
  • Describing the Jewish Diaspora
  • Examining nontheism in Hinduism, Buddhism and Confucianism
  • The origin of Islam

Using a conversational approach and fun visuals, our experienced instructors break down complex topics into easier to understand components. You can watch the video lessons as often as you'd like or use video tags to jump to key ideas within the lesson. Transcripts provide another way to review what you learned about major religions in the videos.

NMTA: Major Religions Chapter Objectives

Teachers seeking an endorsement to teach middle grades social sciences are required by the state of New Mexico to take the NES Middle Grades Social Science test. The test is organized into 4 content domains. The Geography and Culture domain accounts for approximately 19% of the test score and includes content on major religions. The lessons in this chapter, along with a chapter exam, help you prepare to answer these types questions on the test.

All 150 test questions are multiple-choice. The test is administered in a computer-based format, and test sessions last for 3 hours.

9 Lessons in Chapter 3: NMTA: 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.

Nontheism: Hinduism, Buddhism & Confucianism

8. 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

9. 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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