“Afterlife” by the Jewish Virtual Library
“History of Judaism” by History-World
“Women and the Law in Ancient Israel” by James C. Thompson
"Judaism" by History.com
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Lesson 4: The Hebrews Learning Objectives
(Included in PowerPoint)
Upon successful completion of this lesson, students should be able to:
1. Discuss the role of the Hebrews in the three key monotheistic, Abrahamic religions.
2. Describe the two main sacred texts, the Torah and the Talmud, giving examples of why both were important to Hebrew society.
3. Outline Hebrew history from Abraham through the end of the Babylonian Captivity.
4. Explain the concept of the Abrahamic and Mosaic covenants in both religious and secular terms, including their impact on later laws.
5. Summarize the Hebrew contributions to culture in the early Middle East.
Lesson 4: Terms to Know
Lesson 4: Thought Questions
1. What is the relationship between Judaism, Christianity, and Islam? Why are these religions monotheistic, and how does Abraham relate to each one?
2. Why is the concept of a covenant so significant in Hebrew history? Describe the two major Hebrew covenants and explain their lasting impact on both sacred and secular traditions of justice.
Lesson 4: The Hebrews Discussion Questions
(Uses online links for reading plus PowerPoints)
1. The article on women and the law in Hebrew history from the syllabus outlines the legal status of marriage. What rights did married women have in legal terms? What rights did they lack? Summarize your answer in a paragraph. Note that while there were some rules that were unfair to women, there were also compensations to them in certain situations. Please be sure to examine all sides of the issue.
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