Guided Reading for The Western Traditions.

Find the answer to each of these questions as it is given in the textbook before moving on to the next question. Some answers, drawn from the textbook alone, will be rather simplistic. They can, and should, be elaborated upon as your knowledge of the subject grows. It is part of the Guided Reading assignments that student should ASK as well as answer questions.

The symbol (*) after a question indicates that these might be used for longer essays in your quizzes.

Pages 76 - 83:

  1. What are the Tanakh, the Mishnah, and the Talmud?

  3. Is it possible to identify oneself as a Jew without necessarily believing in God?

  5. What is the name of Jewish ritual law?

  7. In Jewish history, what happened in the year 1492?

  9. What position is taken by so-called “minimalists?”

  11. What, according to the text, was not the goal of the human authors of the biblical narratives? (*)

  13. Who or what was Lilith?

  15. What are the two official languages of the modern state of Israel?

  17. What are represented by the texts of the Torah, according to widespread acceptance? (*)


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