- Explain the origin of the term "Israelite."
- How did the region called Palestine get its name?
- How did the Philistine invasions affect the Hebrews' political history?
- Describe the changes in Hebrew society and economy under Kings David and Solomon.
- Why did Solomon consider it essential to build a great temple?
- Identify the four stages in the evolution of the Hebrew religion. What were the primary
characteristics of each stage?
- Three basic doctrines made up the substance of the teachings of the great prophets Isaiah,
Hosea, Amos, and Micah. What were they?
- What is the real significance of the "prophetic revolution" in the development of the ancient
- Compare the philosophical points of view of the following books of the Old Testament: Job,
- What concept of a messiah is set forth in the Book of Daniel?
- What is described as "the real Jewish miracle," and what brought about this miracle?
- Giving specific examples, explain how the Deuteronomic Code represents an ethical advance
over the Code of Hammurabi.
- "The literature of the Hebrews was the finest produced by any ancient civilization of western
Asia." Justify this statement.
- In what ways has the heritage from Judaism affected secular aspects of Western civilization?
- What was the most important "storybook triumph" in the annals of archaeology?
- In what ways did Minoan society resemble modern Western societies?
- Minoan art differed considerably from Egyptian and Mesopotamian art. Show how its art
suggests the nature of the Minoans' culture.
- What were the chief characteristics of the Minoan religion?
- What aspect of the Minoan social order was the most unusual when compared with other
- How did Mycenaean civilization differ from Minoan civilization?
- What light did the decipherment of "Linear B" throw on Mycenaean civilization?
- Both the Minoan and the Mycenaean states have been described as "bureaucratic
monarchies." Describe this type of political organization.
- What is the lasting importance of the Minoan and Mycenaean civilizations?