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  1. Objective: SWBAT compare and contrast the three early religions. E.Q. – What are the similarities and differences between the three early religions? Early Religions: Hebrew Monotheism, Zoroastrianism, Vedic

  2. Ancient roots of Judaism • Judaism originated in the Middle East over 3500 years ago • Hebrew monotheism was the first major religion to believe in one god.   • Monotheism expanded and adapted over the next millennia, and is now the dominant type of religion across the world. • Moses = religious leader, most important prophet in Judaism. • Channel between Hebrews and God Hebrew Monotheism

  3. Zoroastrianism is one of the world's oldest monotheistic religions. • It was founded by the Prophet Zoroaster (or Zarathustra) in ancient Iran approximately 3500 years ago. • For 1000 years Zoroastrianism was one of the most powerful religions in the world. • Zoroaster placed less emphasis on ritual worship, instead focusing on the central ethics of 'Good Words, Good Thoughts and Good Deeds'. Zoroastrianism

  4. Basic Beliefs: Misconceptions: Zoroastrians are not fire-worshippers, as some Westerners wrongly believe. Zoroastrians believe that the elements are pure and that fire represents God's light or wisdom. • Zoroastrians believe there is one God called Ahura Mazda (Wise Lord) and He created the world. • Ahura Mazda revealed the truth through the Prophet, Zoroaster. • Zoroastrians traditionally pray several times a day. • Zoroastrians worship communally in a Fire Temple or Agiary. • Dualism: • Good v. Evil


  5. Spread of Zoroastrianism

  6. Historical predecessor of modern Hinduism, though significantly different from it. • Sacred texts are the Vedas • Written Sanskrit • Earliests known Veda is the Rigveda • Sacred collection of hymns Vedic