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RS 110- Final Exam Guide - Comprehensive Notes for the exam ( 56 pages long!)


Department
Religious Studies
Course Code
RS110
Professor
Peter Frick
Study Guide
Final

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RS 110
Final EXAM
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Chapter 1
Three levels of the world sky, earth, and underground
Why are humans religious?
Religion grows out of human experiences: from the fear of death to the hope for a good
afterlife, from the uncertainty surround natural events to the sense of control over nature
provided by a priest who could predict the change of seasons and the movement of the planets.
Another name for homo sapiens is homo religious.
Ten waves of religion
1. Shamanism ritual specialist
2. Cosmos building of structures or sacred places
3. Temple religion larger temples, more elaborate rituals, and the priestly class with unusual
power, prestige, and wealth
4. Prophetic religion person who speaks on behalf of God or person who foresees the future
5. The energy god nature of the divine and where it is to be found; God is not a sky-father or
earth-mother, it is a force or energy that is found by looking within (present in important
minority cultures around the world)
6. Purity and monasticism spiritual enlightenment through asceticism (intense bodily discipline);
mainly in India
7. Mystery religion Greek and Roman traditions where the core teachings and rituals were kept
secret from outsiders and revealed only to those prepared to undergo ignition in the hope of
securing blessings during this life and a heavenly paradise in the afterlife
8. God on earth avatar; avatara in Sanskrit eaig oig do of a god to earth i a trul
human form and as a saviour figure
9. Scriptural religion scriptures are the literal words of God and adhere to them
10. Fundamentalism male-dominated, believe the scriptures to a t, and have no place for secular
beliefs
Common methodological assumptions:
Monotheism only one God
o God is the highest being ontologically
Revelation self disclosure of God
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Scripture
Judaism
~ The way of Torah
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Torah
Revelation/5 books of Moses
the way of the Jewish people
Jewish Bible
Hebrew Bible, Tanakh, Old Testament
Tanakh Torah, Neviim, Ketuvim
24 BOOKS
Torah - laws
Neviim prophets
Ketuvim historical writings
Megilloth some sections read during the Jewish festivals
Minor prophets they are considered as one book unlike the Christian Bible that considers each one as
separate; shorter that the Neviim
Noachide Laws
Seven laws that were supposed to be universally applied to all of humanity
o Idolatry
o Blasphemy
o Murder
o Sexual sins
o Theft
o Eating blood
o Law of establishing a legal system
Torah is the law of the Israelites and the Noachide laws were meant to be for everyone else
Chapter 2
Bar Mitzvah/Bat Mitzvah son of the commandment and daughter of the commandment
Teenagers read two selections from the Hebrew Bible one from the Pentateuch (five books of
Moses) and one from the second section called Neviim (the prophets)
Sabbath Saturday; day of rest, prayer, and public assembly at the synagogue (Jewish house of worship
and community meeting)
Sundown on Friday night to sundown on Saturday
Minyan the quorum of ten required for a prayer service in the synagogue
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