1. In what ways is the Holy Land an important site for all three monotheistic faiths? For Christians is the city were Jesus was crucified & where He also rose from the death. For Muslims is the place where Mohammad ascended to the heavens to meet God. For Jews, King David had named it and it was where Solomon had built the temple & also the Wailing Wall is in this city.
2. The three major monotheistic religions are sometimes described as branches of the same family tree. If this is true, how would you describe the trunk of the tree? The "trunk" would be Judaism. That was the original religion of the god of Abraham. Christianity branched off from it about two thousand years later, and Islam branched off from those about seven hundred years after that.
3. How are the three major holy books of the monotheistic faiths both similar and different? Judaism, Islam, Christianity. All three religions are strictly monotheistic. While Christianity believes in the Holy Triune, in which God is the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, the three Abrahamic faiths believe that God has provided humans with the basic guidelines for living. But Judaism denies that Jesus was a prophet, while Christianity and Islam acknowledge Jesus as a prophet.
4. How are the basic beliefs of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam alike? They believe not only in one god, but in the SAME god. They believe that there is only one God and that this God is the origin and source of all that exists. Also they all believe in Abraham and in the final judgment and resurrection.
5. What types of internal differences and divisions exist within each religion? the easiest way to break up Christianity is into these five categories: Orthodox, Catholic, Protestant, Eastern, and Mormon. Each of these groups believes the other groups are failing in their attempt to reach proper salvation through the Christ and as such have their own methods of attaining this goal. Islam...