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 68 - 77:

  1. What does it mean to claim that "Judaism is a quintessentially historical religion?" (*)
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  3. What does Bar (and Bat) Mitzvah mean?
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  5. What is the minyan?
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  7. What is the Torah?
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  9. In what way does Segal suggest that Jews are different from anyone else?
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  11. What originated with the Jewish people, according to Segal?
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  13. Is it possible to be Jewish without participating in the religious tradition?
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  15. Is Judaism a genetic or biological class?
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  17. How many Jews are there in the world today?
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  19. How many Jews are there in Israel?
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  21. How many Jews died in the Holocaust?
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  23. What are the three major groupings of Judaism in the US and Canada? (*)
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  25. What do the major divisions within Judaism reflect? (*)
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  27. How does this contrast with Christianity? (*)
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  29. How does the liberal wing of Judaism differ from the traditional in their attitude to the biblical text? (*)
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  31. Considering the "ten waves" of religion, what does the preceding answer imply about the "traditional" wing of Judaism?
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  33. About when do the narratives of ancient Israel come into focus as historical accounts? Why is this? (*)
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  35. Why might the author of Isaiah have needed to emphasize that God is the creator of both light and darkness?
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  37. What view does modern biblical scholarship take of textual inconsistencies?
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  39. What does the Eden story explain and how?
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  41. What does an "etiological" narrative offer? Give an example.
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  43. What occurs with the call of Abraham in Genesis 12 with respect to the downward fall of humanity?
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  45. What is the relationship of the primeval history of Israel and the major action of the Hebrew Bible?
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  47. How can Israelite culture be considered "anti-mythological"?
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  49. What evidence is there outside of the Bible for the existence of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, and Moses?
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  51. From where did Abraham first move? Where did he go?
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  53. What is a "covenant?"
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  55. What was promised to the Israelites? In return for what?
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  57. What does the story of Abrahamís near-sacrifice of Isaac do?
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  59. To what is there an absence of any reference? (*)
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  61. How did ancient hebrews understand ultimate rewards? (*)
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  63. In what does the early part of the Bible offer no indication of interest? (*)

 

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