How was Judaism similar to other
What is meant by the term “diaspora” and
what did it involve for early Judaism?
What is the Septuagint? Why was it
created, and how is it relevant for early Christianity?
What were the distinctive features of
Judaism among the religions of the Greco-Roman world? In particular, be able to
explain the following aspects of Judaism: monotheism, covenant, law, temple,
How did the Jewish temple differ from
other temples in the Greco-Roman world?
What happened during the political
history of Palestine for the five centuries before Jesus? In particular, what
were the events surrounding the Maccabean revolt and the Roman conquest of
What were the Jewish groups that formed
in response to the political crisis of the Maccabean revolt, and what were the
primary characteristics of each?
How did the Pharisees get a reputation
for hypocrisy? Is this a fair assessment of them? Why or why not?
What were the political, social, and
religious effects of Hellenization on Judaism?
Who is Josephus, and why is he important
for our understanding of early Judaism?