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The Postmodern Catholic

Final Review
College Recommendations Guidelines
Sacred Paths
Homeworks and Outline: Sacred Paths
Reading Guide Questions Taoism 211-218
Reading Guide Questions Taoism
Homeworks: and Outline: Introduction to Catholicism
Unit IV Moses Reluctant Hero
Unit III God's Imperfect Instruments
Unit III God's Chosen Ones
The Mass, Vestements, and Sacred Vessels
Unit III The Sacraments
Iona Prep Interfaith Society
Islam Notes

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RELIGION I Catholicism and Hebrew Scriptures

Iona Preparatory School

Dr. King



Unit I Hebrew Scriptures: Origins and Stories


Key Terms: Scripture: divine, revealed word of God

Theme of covenant made, broken, and restored

The Bible? The Book.  Actually a collection of books

Know divisions of Bible

            Old (46 books) and New (27)Testaments, or covenants

Know the 3 groups of the Hebrew Bible, and the books in them


            Historical Books


New Testament

            4 gospels, Acts, Epistles, Book of Revelation

Stages of the Bible and their characteristics

3 main traditions of Genesis: Yahwist, Elohist, Priestly, and their characteristics

The two stories of creation and their difference, day Man created? (6th) The Garden of Eden, the Serpent (Leviathan), The Fall and its result,

Ziggurat, the Flood, Noah and his 3 sons


Key Figures: Adam, Eve, Cain, Abel, Seth, The Serpent


Unit II: Abraham and Isaac


Key Terms: polytheism, henotheism, monotheism, Patriarch, Ur, Heir, covenant, Canaan, Four promises to Abraham, Sodom and Gomorah, Law of Hospitality, holocaust, who sat at the gates of Sodom (Lot)

            Figures to Know: Abraham, Sarah, Hagar, Lot, Isaac, Ishmael, Rebecca


Unit III: God’s Imperfect Instruments


Key Terms: Father’s Blessing, Jacob’s Dream, Bethel, Israel (it’s meaning), the Twelve tribes,  favoritism, Jacob’s Ladder, Midianites, Steward, Goshen, Joseph’s dreams (sheafs of wheat, the sun, moon, and planets, 7 fat cows and 7 lean cows, famine

Figures to Know: Esau and Jacob, Rachel, Leah, Laban, Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph, Benjamin, Potiphar and his wife,


Unit IV: Moses, Reluctant Hero


Key Terms: Father of the Hebrews, Father of the Nation, prophet, Mt. Horeb, theophany, Leviticus (Law of the priests), High Priest, Yahweh, Passover, Seder Meal, Angel of Death, Exodus, plagues, Egyptian gods: Hapi, Ra, Sea of Reeds (Red Sea), Mt. Sinai, Sinai Covenant, Mosaic Covenant, 10 Commandments, Decalogue, the Shema, manna, Golden Calf, Jordan River


Key Figures: Moses (meaning of name), Miriam, Aaron, Seti I, Ramses II, Jethro, Zephora, Joshua, Caleb, Eleazar,


Unit IVA: The Decalogue (Know them)


Key Terms: Covenant at Sinai, idols, Golden Calf, Hittite Treaties, gift of God, commandments 1-3, 4-10 and their focus.



Unit V: Conquerors of the Promised Land: The Judges


Key Terms: Book of Numbers, Book of Judges, 40 and its meaning, Reasons for wandering in the desert, Jericho, Judge, High Priest, Promised Land, the Ban, Temple of Dagon


Key Figures: Joshua, Caleb, Eleazar, Rahab, Othniel, Deborah, Sampson, Delilah, Samuel, Canaanites, Philistines, Saul


Unit VI: Kings, The Unified Monarchy


Key Terms: 1 and 2 Samuel, 1 and 2 Kings, God’s Law and the king, Ark of Covenant, Zion, Jerusalem, Messiah, 


Key Figures: Samuel, Saul, David, Goliath, Solomon, Jesse, Bathsheba, Uriah,  Michal, Nathan, Absalom


Final Essays:


You will be given five essays.  You will have to answer two of them.  The essays should be at least 300 words each



        The Passover and how it foreshadows the sacrifice of Jesus Christ

        The meaning of “covenant”, specifically between Abraham and Yahweh and how his faith is tested

        God working through the faults and weaknesses of others

        Examples of covenant made, covenant broken, covenant restored

        The 10 plagues and how they attack not just the Pharaoh and his government but also the Egyptian false gods





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D. “The more I am able to affirm others, to say ‘yes” to them in myself, by discovering them in myself and myself in them, the more real I am. I am fully real if my own heart says yes to everyone” Thomas Merton