Ch 30: WEST History: Judaism

About This Chapter

Increase your understanding of the ancient Jewish religion with our video and text lessons and quizzes. This is one of several world religions you can expect to be tested on when you take the Washington Educator Skills Test (WEST) History exam.

WEST History: Judaism - Chapter Summary

Use the lessons in this chapter to review centuries-old Jewish beliefs, customs and rituals. These lessons will cover relevant texts, elements of the Jewish faith system and the history of prejudice against those of the Jewish faith. Successful review of these lessons will help you prepare for questions you're likely to encounter on the WEST History exam. After completing your review you should be able to:

  • List the hallmark features of Judaism
  • Explain tales found in the Jewish holy text
  • Define the term 'monotheistic' in describing Judaism
  • Understand the origins of Judaism
  • Discuss the meaning of the Ten Commandments
  • Identify the different Jewish denominations
  • Describe Jewish holidays and traditions

This brief but thorough review of Judaism provides enough information for you to answer specific questions found on the WEST History exam. You can practice taking the actual exam by answering the multiple choice questions contained in the quizzes at the end of each lesson.

WEST History: Judaism - Chapter Objectives

The WEST History exam is used to determine the extent of your knowledge of U.S. and world history events and figures as well as social studies concepts. The Judaism chapter will help you better understand Jewish origins and teachings. You can expect to find questions pertaining to this topic in the first competency area of the exam's second domain, which covers world history. The WEST History exam is computer-based and consists of 110 multiple choice questions. A passing score of 240 is required.

WEST exams are teacher certification exams used for new and existing educators in Washington State. The Basic exam covers fundamental reading, writing and math concepts, while nearly 30 endorsement exams are available in such diverse subjects as business, health, library media, technology and theater. Endorsements are added to new or current teaching certificates.

6 Lessons in Chapter 30: WEST History: Judaism
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The Hebrews and Their Beliefs

1. 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 Jewish Belief System: Description, Elements & History

2. 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.

What Are the Ten Commandments? - Definition & History

3. What Are the Ten Commandments? - Definition & History

This lesson defines and states the Ten Commandments and discusses their biblical history. A brief synopsis is given in this article, and a multiple-choice quiz can be taken upon completion.

Christian Antisemitism in Medieval Europe

4. 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.

Jewish Denominations: Examples & History

5. 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.

Jewish Holidays and Rituals: Examples & History

6. 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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