Chapter 4 Student Reading Guide

The Jewish World of Jesus and His Followers

1. 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, and synagogue.

2. Why is it important to know about pagan and Jewish religions for the study of Jesus and the New Testament?

3. Be able to describe in broad outline the political history of Palestine for the five centuries before Jesus, including especially the events of the Maccabean revolt and the Roman conquest.