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This chapter helps students review the concepts in a world religion and Judaism unit of a standard introduction to world religion course. Topics covered include:
- Polytheism and monotheism
- Beliefs of the Hebrews
- Elements and history of the Jewish belief system
- Medieval Europe's Christian antisemitism
- Reconquista and the Spanish Inquisition in the Middle Ages
- Examples and history of Jewish denominations
- Jewish holidays and rituals
1. What's the Difference Between Polytheism and Monotheism?
There have been many religions throughout human history, and each one has had a unique set of beliefs. In this lesson, we're going to look at the two main categories into which most of the world's religions fit and then compare them to each other.
2. 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.
3. 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.
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.
5. Reconquista and Spanish Inquisition
This lesson will explain the Spanish Reconquista and the Spanish Inquisition. It will focus on the reasons for each, specifically highlighting the role of Ferdinand and Isabella, and the tortures they allowed.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. Ark of the Covenant: Definition, History & Location
More than perhaps any other artifact in history, the Ark of the Covenant has captured the imagination of the public. From the Crusades to adventure movies to Ethiopia, the Ark has made its mark on history.
9. Kingdom of Judea: History & Explanation
Explore the history and significance of this ancient Israeli kingdom, also called Mamlekhet Yehuda, and test your understanding about the ancient world and the history of the Jewish people.
10. Mosaic Law: Definition & Commandments
In this lesson, we explore Mosaic Law, as given down by the Jewish and Christian god to Moses. Though once just the Ten Commandments, today it encompasses over 600 laws, codes, and directions.
11. Monotheism in Judaism: Definition & History
This lesson explains the Jewish interpretation of 'one God,' which is different from the way that other monotheistic religions see the manifestation of the one God.
12. Orthodox Judaism: Beliefs & Concept
Explore the Orthodox Judaism religion. Learn basic Orthodox Judaism religious beliefs and customs. Explore several cultural practices rooted in Jewish spiritual texts.
13. Reform Judaism: Beliefs & History
In this lesson, we will define Reform Judaism. We will examine its similarities and differences compared to traditional Judaism, and how it came into existence in the early 19th century. We will also look at its foundational beliefs.
14. 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.
15. The Pentateuch: Definition, Timeline & Authorship
Few other collections of writings have left such an indelible mark on civilization as the Pentateuch or the first five books of the Old Testament. Questions of timing and its very authorship still arouse significant controversy.
16. The Torah: Definition, Laws & Teachings
The Torah has influenced leaders from King David of the Israelites to Martin Luther King, Jr. Central to both Judaism and Christianity (as the first five books of the Old Testament), the Torah's teachings lend to the belief held by some that it is nothing short of the word of God.
17. What is Passover? - Definition, Story, Traditions & Significance
Despite the fact that many non-Jews are familiar with the story of Passover, relatively few have an appreciation for the greater meaning of the festival's rituals. Far beyond special dishes and unleavened bread, Passover is a reminder of the trust that the Israelites once put in God.
18. How to Start Writing a Book
You're really going to do it! You are finally prepared to sit down with just your ideas and a blank screen and write a novel. In this lesson, we will go over a few effective ways to help get you started with the endeavor.
19. History of Jewish Persecution
This lesson details the history of anti-Semitism in the modern world. We will explore the development of anti-Semitic ideas, the incorporation of racial theories, and the shifts in rhetoric that eventually led to the Holocaust.
20. Jewish Persecution in Russia
Persecution of the Jews has a long history in Europe, from Spain to Russia. This lesson looks at how the Russian persecution of its Jewish community fits into the broader scheme of European culture at the time, and what features of these persecutions were unique.
21. Pogrom: Definition & Meaning
Generally defined, a pogrom is a violent attack on Jewish people. However, the term has been expanded to include attacks on homosexuals, African-Americans, Muslims or anyone else considered 'outside' the standard life of society.
22. Jewish Ethnic Groups
Traditionally the Jewish people were divided into two different groups with their own unique cultures; the Ashkenazim and the Sephardim. In this lesson we will look at these two and what they had in common and how they were different.
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