Questions for part 1

Name _____________________                                                  Period __________

1.    Name the three holy books in which the story of Abraham is found and match them to their religion. In other words, the Torah is the _____________ holy book, etc.

2. What part did Ezra have in making the holy book official and a written text?

2.   (HOTS) How did the religious faith did Abraham change from his youth and why was it so different from all other religious faith of his time?

3.   What do 3.5 billion religious people call Abraham today and what does this mean?

4. In the beginning of the story, what did YHVH call Abraham to do? In other words, what was the first COVENANT that Abraham agreed to with this unseen god?

5. Who is Sarai or Sarah and why is she important to this story?

6. According to the Holy Books, what was the Promise Land?

7. Who is Hagar, and how is she important to this story? Who is Ishmael and why is he important?

8. What happened when strangers came to Abraham’s camp?

9. Why was Sarah jealous of Hagar? What does Sarah ask Abraham to do?

10. How do Abraham’s sons become important in today’s history?

 11. Why is Jerusalem such an important place to the Jewish and Muslim religion?

Questions for part 2

1.   The story next turns to Isaac and his two sons. Who were they, and how were they different?

2.   What devious trick did Jacob do to his brother Esau? How did Esau react to this trick? Where did Jacob’s mother suggest he go until his brother cool off?

3.   Who did Jacob meet when he arrived at his uncle’s house (Laban)? Be specific.

4.   Notice there seem to be a set to contracts, agreements between Laban and Jacob. What were they? How did Laban cheat Jacob?

5.   (HOTS) Jacob finally leaves Laban’s household (he packs up and leaves in the night). He wrestles with an angel, and Jacob will not quit. What name does the angel give Jacob, and how does this name fit the country that uses it today? What did Esau do when he returned?

6.   Why was Joseph Jacob’s favorite son, and what were the consequences of this action for Joseph?

7.    What finally happened to Joseph and his family in Egypt?

8.  How did the HEBREW finally get the name of their tribe (large extended family group)?

Questions for textbook reading pages  202-207
Complete Sentences
  1. How does the textbook present this section?
  2. Who are Hebrews and what faith/religion did they eventually evolve into?
  3. What are the Dead Sea Scrolls and why are they important?
  4. Who was Abraham according to the text?
  5. Why was Moses important to this story?
  6. What are the 10 Commandments and how did they change law?
  7. Identify these three men in the Jewish holy book and why they are important: A. Saul  B. David  C. Solomon
  8. The following invaders came to the Holy Land and carried the Jews off: ______________, ___________________________, __________________________________
  9. What is the Diaspora?
Questions for textbook reading pages 208-213:

1. Jewish culture is based upon what foundations?

2.  What does monotheism mean? Explain the significance of monotheism to Judaism.

3. Who do the Jews believe gave them their laws? What are the most important Jewish laws called?

4. Most of Jewish law is recorded in what book? What events (time period) does this book contain/cover?

5. Where do the Jewish people gather and learn from their religious texts?

6. What is a prophet? Explain how the prophets relate to the Hebrew Bible.

7.  What is the name of the book Jewish scholars wrote to better explain the Torah and provide lessons for everyday life?

8. What did the Dead Sea Scrolls contain?

9. Write a brief outline discussing the impact of Judaism on our world today.

Questions for textbook reading pages 214-219: 

1.  What type of rule threatened Jewish unification and solidarity?

2.  Explain who the Zealots were.       

3.  Who did the Zealots lead a revolt against? Were they successful?

4.   What city did the Romans ban all Jews from living in?

5.   What is the title given to Jewish spiritual leaders who guide the Jewish people at local synagogues?

6.  The scattering of the Jewish people is known as the:

7.   Considering the spread of Jews all around the world, two different Jewish traditions developed. Name them.

8.   Compare and contrast the two Jewish traditions.

9.   Why do the Jewish people celebrate Hanukkah?

10.  How does the Passover relate to the Jewish exodus out of Egypt?

11.  Name the two High Holy days on the Jewish Calendar.  Explain the significance of ONE of these days.










 Vocabulary for Judaismt

1.     Tenaha- The complete holy book of Judaism- includes the first 5 books of the Torah, otherwise known as the Hebrew Bible    

2.     Torah- Holy Book of Judaism includes the first 5 books of the Tenaha    -Often called the books of Moses  or the law                                          

3.     Theologians – scholars that study about a god, gods, or religious practices

4.   Monotheism- worship of one god

5.   Polytheism- worship of many gods

6.      Oral tradition- stories told from memory over and over again

7.     Tradition- what people do over and over again

8.      Rabbi – means teacher of religion in the Jewish religion

9.      Temple –large place of worship usually for Jewish faithful - symbolized Garden of Eden when humans were one with G-d

10. Synagogue- Jewish place of worship

11.   YHVH- Hebrew name for their “God” which means he who has no face or name

12.   Deity, deified, divine- something to do with a god, goddess, etc.

13.   Scrolls-long pieces of parchment or papyrus that are rolled up on sticks that contain writing

14.   Promise Land – According to the holy book, the land that YHWH promised if they kept a covenant with YHVH, Abraham and his descendants would get parts of Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, and all of Israel

15.    Canon- the official holy book accepted by a religion. For the Jews, it was the Torah, and Tenaha.

16. Bible The official holy book of the Christians, which include the Jewish holy books and the Christian New Testament

17. Qur'an Holy book of the Muslims

18. Abraham – Father of Ishmael and Isaac, said to be founder of 3 religions

19.Sarah – Wife of Abraham, mother of Isaac

20.  GENESIS-First book of Jewish holy book, and means beginning

21.    El- Creator god of the Sumerians – this creator god is part of many names of the Middle East such as Israel, and Ishmael

22.  Hagar- slave of Sarah who gave Abraham his first son Ishmael

23. Isaac- son of Abraham and Sarah- said to be father of Jews and Christians

24.   Ishmael-Son of Hagar and Abraham said to be the Patriarch of all Arabs and Muslims

25.Chosen people –chosen to spread the message that there is only one god

26.  Hebrew-word used to describe wandering tribe of shepherds/ goat-herders by the Egyptia

27.   Judaism (Jews) -name of monotheistic religion practiced by the Hebrews

28.      Sabbath- the day of rest and worship for the Jews- the day God rested after creating the universe

29.    Jacob-Son of Isaac who became known as Israel or “He who had fought with God and man and won”

30. Tribes –Large extended family groups that protect each other

31.   Descendants- Children and their children

32. David-second king of Israel-united tribes and makes capital Jerusalem
33 Solomon- son of David, built first temple of the Jews
34. Prophet- People who are said to receive messages from God to be taught to others.
35 Talmud- Commentary on the Torah, which features lessons for everyday life.
36 Dead Sea Scrolls- Written between 100 B.C. and 50 A.D., and found in 1947. The scrolls included prayers, commentaries, letters, and passages from the Hebrew Bible.
37. Zealots- Group of Jews who refused to obey Roman rule. Believed the Jewish people  should only answer to God.
38. Passover- A time of for Jews to remember the Exodus out of Egypt.
39. High Holy Days- The two most sacred days on the Jewish calendar. The two days are Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.  
40.  Ten Commandments
41. Diaspora

42. Contributions of the Jews- medicine, weekend, history, science, Christianity

43.     Messiah-One who saves

44.      Exclusivism – does not allow children or families to mix with outside world

Questions for Chart and Primary Source

Name ____________________________           Period __________________________

Part 1- Using Chart, fill in blanks. Make your work neat.

1. The chart says that Hebrews came originally from

2. The story that the Hebrews share with other ancient groups is

3. According to the chart, the Exodus occurred around this time.

4. Under _________________ rule the tribes unite. The peak of their power is ___________ and ____________.

5. Kingdoms split into __________________ and ________________ because people mad about ________________________________

6. These two kingdoms took over the Hebrews _________________   and ________________

7. Believed that their god was ___________________________________

8. Judaism is basis for these two religions of _______________________ and ___________


Part 2. Read the Eyewitness in Complete sentences, NEAT

1. What was Rome’s response to the Jewish rebellion?



2. What happened in Rome that made Vespasian emperor and his son Titus the commander? What did Roman troops do to Jerusalem as a result?



3. What happened to the surviving citizens of Jerusalem?



4. What happened to the temple’s relics?


5. Who is the person who wrote the eye witness account? Describe what happened to him.



6. What did a Roman soldier do without given the order, and that caused great “dismay” to the Jews?



7. What happened to the Roman soldiers near the temple? What happened to the unarmed Jews?




8. Did the soldiers obey commands? What kept them moving forward?



9. What were the sights and scenes of this?




10. What seemed larger than the flames?



11-15 List and detail four events that describe the celebration of conquering the Jews




















Jan Menzie,
Dec 28, 2017, 7:41 PM