Sacred Texts: The Tanakh (i.e., Hebrew Bible)
Ancient Israel: c. 2000-500 BCE: Students will analyze the geographic, political, economic, and cultural structures of ancient Israel.
Describe the origins and central features of Judaism:
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Explain indigenous African spiritual traditions, including: ancestor worship, animism, and the relationship between humans and deities.
Explain the significance of the Qur’an and the Sunnah as the primary sources of Islamic beliefs, practice, and law and their influence in Muslims’ daily life.
Analyze how the Catholic Counter-Reformation emerged as a response to Protestantism and revitalized the Catholic Church, including the significance of: St. Ignatius of Loyola, the Jesuits, and the Council of Trent.
Analyze the development of the Protestant Reformation and the split with the Catholic Church, including: the emphasis on scripture alone, salvation by faith, and predestination.
Explain the significant causes of the Protestant Reformation, including: the Catholic Church’s taxation policies, the selling of indulgences, and Martin Luther’s 95 Theses.