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The Ancient Hebrews and the Origins of Judaism Ca n ia m ta po so

Me aa n Who were the Hebrews? The Hebrews were a group of people who lived northeast of Egypt. The Hebrew civilization developed gradually after 1800 BC and flourished until 70 AD The people who became

Hebrews originally lived in Mesopotamia. Around 1950 BC, they moved to the land of Canaan (modern day Israel) Who were the Hebrews? The Hebrews were the founders of Judaism Judaism: one of the worlds major religions The Hebrews eventually became known as the Jews.

Judaism is the Jewish religion. What is the Torah? The Torah is the Jewish Bible (also known by Christians as the Old Testament). The word Torah means

Gods teaching. The Torah contains the basic laws of Judaism and tells many stories about the history of the Hebrew

people. What is the Torah? Historians use the stories told in the Torah to understand the history of the Hebrews and the development of Judaism. It is important to remember that the Hebrews wrote their stories to explain and celebrate their beliefs. Although many people believe that the Torah is a true record of the times, most historians combine the information there

with other kinds of evidence, such as archeological artifacts and other written records, to understand the events and ideas of that time period. The Early History of the Hebrews According to the Torah, the ancestor of the Hebrews, a man named Abraham, lived near Ur in Mesopotamia. Around 1950 B.C.E., Abraham and his clan migrated to the land of Canaan. In the land of Canaan, the Hebrews became nomads who herded flocks of sheep and goats. The Early History of the Hebrews

About 1800 B.C.E., many Hebrews moved to Egypt. According to the first book of the Torah, Genesis, they fled Canaan because of a famine. EGYPT The Early History of the Hebrews For a time, they prospered in Egypt, but eventually they were

made slaves. In time, one of their leaders, Moses, led the Hebrews in their escape from Egypt. - For 40 years, says the Torah, the Hebrews wandered in the wilderness, until they settled once again in Canaan. The Early History of the Hebrews By 1000 B.C.E., the Hebrews had set up the kingdom of Israel in

Canaan under King David and his son, King Solomon. David forged the Hebrews into one united nation. Solomon built a magnificent temple in the capitol city of Jerusalem. Important Hebrew Leaders The ancient Hebrews told many stories about their leaders in the Torah. Four key leaders were: Abraham

Moses David Solomon First, we will have a quick overview of who each of these men were and what makes them so important. Then we will learn more about each of these four important leaders by looking at some of the stories from the Torah. Important Hebrew Leaders Abraham The father of the Hebrews

According to the Torah, Abraham introduced the belief in one God to the Hebrews. The Story of Abraham: Father of the Hebrews Abrahams Covenant with God According to the Torah, the faith that would become Judaism began with a sacred agreement, or covenant between God and Abram. covenant: an agreement or promise The Torah says that God visited Abram when he was an old man. God told him, Leave your own country and your fathers house, and go to a country that I will show

you. God promised to make Abram the father of a great nation of people. The Story of Abraham: Father of the Hebrews Abrahams Covenant with God Abram obeyed. Around 1950 B.C.E., he gathered his many relatives and went west into the land

of Canaan. The Story of Abraham: Father of the Hebrews Abrahams Covenant with God When Abram was 99 years old, the Torah says, God spoke to him again: I will make a covenant between myself and you. God promised to favor and protect Abrams descendants, meaning his children and the generations that would follow. descendant: a daughter or son, granddaughter or grandson, and so on In return, Abram agreed that he

and his people would always devote themselves to God. The Story of Abraham: Father of the Hebrews Abrahams Covenant with God As a mark of their covenant, God gave Abram a new name, Abraham, which means father of many. God promised that Abrahams people could have the land of Canaan in which to live. For the Hebrews, Canaan became the promised land. According to the Torah, Abrahams covenant with God meant they were Gods chosen people. The Story of Abraham: Father of the Hebrews

Abrahams Sacrifice According to the Torah, God tested Abrahams faith and obedience many times. The final test was the hardest. It was common at that time to offer animals as a sacrifice to the gods. sacrifice: a gift of an animal for slaughter as a way to honor gods An animal such as a sheep would be killed and then burned on an alter.

The Story of Abraham: Father of the Hebrews Abrahams Sacrifice Abraham, in his old age, finally had a son named Isaac. The Torah says that one day God tested Abraham by telling him to make a sacrifice of his son. Abraham dearly loved his son. Yet his devotion to God was so complete that he brought Isaac to a mountain to be sacrificed. At the last minute, God sent an

angel to stop Abraham from killing his son. The Story of Abraham: Father of the Hebrews Abrahams Sacrifice Abraham had proved his faith and obedience, and God renewed the promise to him. God said, I will make your descendants as many as the

stars of heaven. The Story of Abraham: Father of the Hebrews Abrahams Sacrifice According to the Torah, God kept the promise. The Hebrews flourished. The nation was made up of 12 tribes who were descended from Abrahams grandson, Jacob, whom God

named Israel. Important Hebrew Leaders Moses The greatest leader of the Hebrews According to the Torah, Moses led his people out of slavery in Egypt. The Torah tells how God gave Moses 10 important laws engraved on two stone tablets. The Story of Moses: Leader and Prophet The greatest leader of the Hebrews was the prophet Moses. prophet: a person who

speaks or interprets for God to other people The Torah tells the story of how Moses led the Hebrews out of slavery in Egypt and game them Gods laws to live by. The Story of Moses: Leader and Prophet The Exodus from Egypt By the time of Moses, around 1250 B.C.E., a large group of Abrahams descendants were

living in Egypt. There, the Torah says, the Hebrews increased in number and became very powerful. Fearful of their growing strength, The pharaoh turned them into slaves. The Story of Moses: Leader and Prophet The Exodus from Egypt But God heard the cries of the enslaved Hebrews. According to the Torah, God told Moses, I will send you to the pharaoh, and you shall free my

people. Moses went before the pharaoh and told him to let the Hebrews go free. The Story of Moses: Leader and Prophet The Exodus from Egypt The Ten Plagues: 1. Turning the Nile River water into blood 2. Frogs 3. Lice 4. Flies 5. Disease effecting livestock 6. Boils

7. Hail 8. Locusts 9. Darkness 10.Death of the first-born male When the pharaoh refused, God punished Egypt with 10 terrible plagues. plague: a terrible disaster affecting many people and thought to be sent by God as a punishment The Story of Moses: Leader and Prophet The Exodus from Egypt Weeping over his own dead son, the pharaoh

gave in. Moses began to lead the Hebrews out of Egypt. But the pharaoh soon changed his mind. The Egyptian army chased after the Hebrews and nearly caught up with them at the edge of the Red Sea. The Story of Moses: Leader and Prophet The Exodus from Egypt Moses calmly raised his staff (walking stick), and the waters of the sea parted. The Hebrews crossed safely to the other side. When the Egyptians

tried to follow, the waters flooded over the army, drowning the soldiers, allowing the Hebrews to The Story of Moses: Leader and Prophet The Exodus from Egypt The Torah calls the flight from Egypt the Exodus. Exodus: the departure of the Hebrews from

Egypt The Story of Moses: Leader and Prophet The Ten Commandments After leaving Egypt, the Torah says, the Hebrews wandered through a wilderness for 40 years. During this time, God gave Moses the laws that became the foundation of Judaism. These laws are called the Ten Commandments. The Story of Moses: Leader and Prophet

The Ten Commandments Moses received the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai, the Mountain of God. Moses had gone up the mountain alone to pray. When he returned, he was carrying two tablets of stone. Engraved on the tablets were the Ten Commandments. The Story of Moses: Leader and Prophet The Ten Commandments 1. I am the Lord your God who has taken you out of the land of Egypt.

2. You shall have no other gods but me. 3. You shall not take the name of the Lord your G-d in vain. 4. You shall remember the Sabbath and keep it Holy. 5. Honor your mother and father. 6. You shall not murder. 7. You shall not commit adultery. 8. You shall not steal. 9. You shall not bear false witness. 10. You shall not covet anything that belongs to your neighbor. The Story of Moses: Leader and Prophet The Ten Commandments The Ten Commandments were

Judaisms first laws. They gave new meaning to the Hebrews covenant with God. According to the Torah, as long as the Hebrews followed these laws, God promised to protect them. Important Hebrew Leaders Kings David and Solomon After escaping from Egypt and wandering in the wilderness, the Hebrews came once more to Canaan. It was there that they created a kingdom

under King David and his son, Solomon. King David established Jerusalem as a holy city. King Solomon built Jerusalems first great temple. The city of Jerusalem and its temple became powerful symbols to the Hebrews of their faith in God. The Story of David & Solomon: Kings of Israel David Founds the Kingdom of Israel In Davids time, about

1000 B.C.E., the Hebrews were at war with a rival tribe, the Philistines. According to the Torah, the Philistines promised to be the Hebrews slaves if someone could beat their fiercest warrior, the giant Goliath. The Story of David & Solomon: Kings of Israel David Founds the Kingdom of Israel David was not yet a grown man, but he was outraged at

Goliaths mockery (making fun of) the Hebrew God. Bravely, he stepped forward. His only weapon was a slingshot. With one mighty throw, he felled Goliath with a stone. Then he cut off the giants head. The Story of David & Solomon: Kings of Israel David Founds the Kingdom of Israel Davids courage and faith were rewarded later, when God made him king. According to the Torah, God said, The Hebrew kingdom will remain with him and

with his children and childrens children forever. The Story of David & Solomon: Kings of Israel David Founds the Kingdom of Israel As king, David completed the defeat of the Philistines as well as other enemies. He united the two parts of the Hebrews land, Israel and Judah, into a single kingdom known as Israel.

The Story of David & Solomon: Kings of Israel David Founds the Kingdom of Israel He created strong government. He gave the new kingdom its own army, courts, and government officials. David, himself, served as the nations chief priest. The Story of David & Solomon: Kings of Israel David Founds the Kingdom of Israel David chose the city of Jerusalem for his capital.

Under David, Jerusalem became the center of Israels political and religious life. The Story of David & Solomon: David Founds the Kingdom of Israel David brought the object, the Ark of the Covenant, to Jerusalem. The Ark of the Covenant: the chest containing the Ten Commandments, written on stone tablets, that the Hebrews carried with them during

their wanderings after the Exodus The Ark was a wood and gold chest. As the home of the Ark, Jerusalem became a holy city. The Story of David & Solomon: Kings of Israel Solomon Builds the Great Temple of Jerusalem After Davids death, his son, Solomon, became king. Solomon decided to build a temple in Jerusalem to house the Ark of the Covenant. Solomon wanted the temple to

be magnificent. According to the Torah, he told God, Thus all the peoples of the earth will know your name. The Story of David & Solomon: Kings of Israel Solomon Builds the Great Temple of Jerusalem Building the temple was a huge undertaking and it cost the Hebrews greatly. Solomon forced his people to work on the construction of the temple.

More than 3,000 officials were needed to oversee the project. The Story of David & Solomon: Kings of Israel Solomon Builds the Great Temple of Jerusalem Solomon taxed his people heavily to buy gold, cedar wood, copper, and other materials. gold cedar trees

copper The Story of David & Solomon: Kings of Israel Solomon Builds the Great Temple of Jerusalem Solomons methods angered many Hebrews. Near his death, their resentment exploded. In 931 B.C.E., the northern tribes broke away and became a separate kingdom of Israel. David and Solomons descendants ruled the southern kingdom of Judah.

Reviewing the Ancient Hebrews and the Origins of Judaism Abraham Moses Kings David and Solomon father of the Hebrews greatest leader of the united the kingdoms of Judah introduced the belief in Hebrews led his people out of a single God to the

and Israel slavery in Egypt to Hebrews Canaan (the promised King David led the Hebrews from established land) Mesopotamia to gave Judaism the Ten Jerusalem Canaan Commandments

- As a result, Jews King Solomon built consider themselves to - foundation of Judaism the first great be the chosen temple people.

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