Religion / Hearth
- Semitic hearth
Universal or Ethnic? Why?
- Ethnic religion
- Monothesitic – believe in one all-powerful God
Mono or Poly?
Prophet or Founding Thinker
- Abraham prophet and founder
- Reform, Orthodox, Conservative
Major Beliefs & Sacred Text
- Jewish people consider themselves God’s “chosen” people.
- 10 Commandments
- Torah – 1st 5 books of Bible
Calendar & Symbol
- Calendar based on agriculture – major holidays relate to hope for sufficient harvest.
- Judaism diff. from other ethnic rel. b/c it is practiced worldwide.
- Since creation of state of Israel in 1948 – largge % live there
- worship in synagogues
Architecture (include Illustration)
- style of synagogue architecture determined by style of country
- Synagogues were influenced by renaissance, other synagogues influenced by Russian architecture etc.