Step 1: Answer the six questions using three to four sentences each. Use what you learned in the lesson to guide your response. •
In what ways is the Holy Land an important site for all three monotheistic faiths? – The Holy Land is an important site for all three monotheistic faiths because it is home to holy sites that are sacred to the religions. The city contains Jewish synagogues, Christian churches, and Muslim mosques. It is also the source of tension among religious groups. •
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? – I think that the trunk would be Abraham. All three religions descended from Abraham. Judaism and Christianity claim that their founders descended from Abraham’s son Isaac. Islam descended from his other son, Ishmael. •
How are the three major holy books of the monotheistic faiths both similar and different? – The three major holy books of the faiths have many similarities and differences. The similarities are that all of the books command to do good and avoid evil, and each book is associated with only one God. A difference between the books are the way in which they preach their beliefs. •
How are the basic beliefs of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam alike? – First, the three religions each believe in only one God (monotheistic). Next, all three religions have Jerusalem as a holy place. Lastly, they all have prophets although they don’t all accept the same prophets. •
What types of internal differences and divisions exist within each religion? – Christianity has many divisions within the religion, but the largest branches are Catholicism, Protestantism, and Eastern Orthodoxy. The Judaism sects are defined by the ways in which they practice the religion. The greatest Jewish sects are Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox. Islam is divided between two major groups, Sunni and Shi’a Islam. •
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