Chapter 3The Ancient Israelites

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                  c. 1800 B.C.   c. 1290 B.C.    722 B.C.       A.D. 66
                  Israelites     Moses leads     Assyrians      Jews revolt
                  settle in      Israelites      conquer        against
                  Canaan         from Egypt      Israel         Romans
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   Like the Sumerians, the ancient Israelites developed a society                     of Chapter 3.
based on ideas of justice and strict laws. The Israelites believed
that there was only one God.
       View the Chapter 3 video in the World History: Journey
       Across Time Video Program.

                     The First Israelites
                     Abraham founded the 12 tribes of Israel in the land of
                     Canaan. The Israelites believed in one God.

                     The Kingdom of Israel
                     Under David and Solomon, the people of Israel built a
                     powerful kingdom with a new capital in Jerusalem.

                     The Growth of Judaism
                     The Jews continued to keep their religion even though
                     other people ruled them. They settled in many places in
                     Asia and Europe.

                             Summarizing Information Make this foldable and use it to organize note cards
                             with information about the Israelites.

 Step 1 Fold a horizontal    Step 2 Fold the bottom edge up two inches and            Reading and Writing
 sheet of paper (11”x17”)    crease well. Glue the outer edges of the tab to          As you read the chapter,
 into thirds.                create three pockets.                                    summarize key facts on
                                                                                      note cards or on quarter
                                                                                      sheets of paper about
                                                                              here.   Israel and the growth
                                                                                      and spread of Judaism.
                                 Glue                                                 Organize your notes
                                                                                      by placing them in
                                                                                      your pocket foldable
                                                                                      inside the appropriate
                 Step 3 Label the pockets
                 as shown. Use these
                 pockets to hold notes taken
                 on index cards or quarter         First            Judaism
                 sheets of paper.               Israelites Israel’s Spreads

Main Idea

                      Finding the Main Idea
                          Main ideas are the most important ideas in a paragraph,
                      section, or chapter. Supporting details are facts or examples
                      that explain the main idea. Read the following paragraph from
                      Section 1 and notice how the author explains the main idea.
                      The main idea is identified for you. The supporting details are
                      highlighted in color.

                Main idea                Through trade, the
                                      Phoenicians spread ideas
                                      and goods. One of their
                                      most important ideas was
                                      an alphabet, or a group of
                                      letters that stood for                        details
                                      sounds. The letters could
                                       be used to spell out the
                                        words in their language.
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Create a Graphic                                           Read to Write
                                                            Choose one of the
Organizer                                                              listed on
                                                            page 93. Use it as a
    Read the following paragraph. Draw a graphic organ-     topic sentence, and add
izer like the one shown below. Write the main ideas in a    supporting details to
box and supporting details in circles around the box.       create a full paragraph.

         While in Babylon, small groups of
      Jews met on the Sabbath. This was
      their weekly day of worship and rest.
      The Jews would pray and discuss
      their religion and history. These
      meetings took place at synagogues,
      or Jewish houses of worship. The
      synagogue meetings gave the people
                              —from page 94


    Supporting       Main Idea        Supporting
      Detail                            Detail


                                          As you read Chapter 3, create your
                                          own graphic organizer to show the
                                          main idea and supporting details
                                          from at least one paragraph.                   79
                             The First
                    What’s the Connection?                      Meeting People
                         You have read how the Egyptians        Abraham
                    built a great civilization. At about        Jacob
                    the same time, another nation was           Moses
                    forming. The Egyptians called the           Deborah
                    people of this nation habiru, or
                                                                Phoenician (fih • NEE • shuhn)
                    foreigners. The people called
                    themselves Israelites or the Children
                    of Israel.
                                                                Building Your Vocabulary
                                                                    (MAH • nuh • thee • IH • zuhm)
                    Focusing on the                             tribe
                    • The Israelites believed in one God
                        who set down moral laws for his         Torah (TOHR • UH)
                        people. They recorded their history     covenant (KUHV • nuhnt)
                        in the Bible. (page 81)                 alphabet
                    • The Israelites had to fight the
                        Canaanites to return to their           Reading Strategy
                        promised land. (page 84)                Sequencing Information Create
                                                                a sequence chart to help trace the
                                                                movement of the Israelites.
                    Locating Places
                    Canaan (KAY • nuhn)
                    Mount Sinai (SY • NY)

                                  1400 B.C.                   1200 B.C.                     1000 B.C.
                                          c. 1290 B.C.         c. 1125 B.C.         c. 1000 B.C.
                                          Moses leads          Deborah defeats      Israelites settle
                                          Israelites from      Canaanites           in Canaan
     Jerusalem                            Egypt

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The Early Israelites
              The Israelites believed in one God who
set down moral laws for his people. They recorded
their history in the Bible.
Reading Focus Where do your ideas about right
and wrong come from? Read on to find out how the
Israelites developed their ideas about right and wrong.

    About 1200 B.C., great changes took
place around the Mediterranean Sea.
Empires fell and new people entered the
region. Many set up small kingdoms.
Around 1000 B.C., a people called Israelites
(IHZ • ruh • LYTS) built a kingdom in Canaan
                                                            This painting shows Abraham leading the
(KAY • nuhn). Canaan lies along the                         Israelites from Mesopotamia to Canaan. Why
Mediterranean Sea in southwest Asia.                        did the Israelites eventually leave Canaan?

Who Were the Israelites?        Although the                  The Israelites believed they were
Israelite population was small, the religion              descended from a man named Abraham. In
they practiced would one day affect most                  the Bible, it says that God told Abraham
of the world. Most people at this time                    and his followers to leave Mesopotamia
worshiped many gods and goddesses. The                    and go to Canaan. There, they were to
Israelite religion focused on only one God.               worship the one true God. In return, God
The belief in one god is called monotheism                promised that the land of Canaan would
(MAH • nuh • thee • IH • zuhm).                           belong to Abraham and his descendants.
    The Israelite faith became the religion               According to the Bible, this is the reason
known today as Judaism (JOO • dee • IH •                  that the Israelites settled in Canaan.
zuhm). The followers of Judaism were even-                    Abraham had a grandson named Jacob.
tually known as Jews. Judaism influenced                  Jacob was also called Israel, which means
Christianity and Islam, and also helped                   “one who struggles with God.” Later this
shape the beliefs and practices of societies              name was given to Jacob’s descendants.
in Europe and America.                                        According to the Bible, Jacob raised 12
    The Israelites spoke a language called                sons in Canaan. His family was divided
Hebrew. They wrote down much of their                     into tribes, or separate family groups.
history and many of their religious beliefs               These groups later became known as the 12
in what later became the Hebrew Bible.                    tribes of Israel. The Israelites lived in Canaan
Through this book, Jewish values and reli-                for about 100 years. Then a long drought
gion later spread to Europe.                              began. Crops withered and livestock died.
    The earliest Israelites were herders and              To survive, the Israelites went to Egypt.
traders. According to the Bible, they came
from Mesopotamia and settled in Canaan.                   From Slavery to Freedom    Life was not
Today, Lebanon, Israel, and Jordan occupy                 good in Egypt. The Egyptian pharaoh
the land that was once Canaan.                            needed men to build his pyramids, so he

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Moses and the Ten Commandments

                                                                                                           Jews celebrating
                                                                                                           Passover today

     In this painting, Moses watches as the Red Sea closes in on the
     Egyptian soldiers who were pursuing the Israelites. What is the
     Israelites’ escape from Egypt called?

enslaved the Israelites. To prevent a rebel-                                     how God “passed over” their homes with
lion he ordered all baby boys born to                                            the tenth plague and then delivered them
Israelites thrown into the Nile River.                                           from Egypt.
    The Bible says that one desperate                                                As Israelites headed east out of Egypt,
mother put her baby in a basket and hid it                                       the pharaoh changed his mind and sent
on the riverbank. The pharaoh’s daughter                                         his army after the Israelites. According
found the baby and named him Moses.                                              to the Bible, God parted the Red Sea to
    When Moses grew up, he tended sheep                                          let his people pass. When the Egyptians
outside Egypt. Around 1290 B.C., he saw a                                        followed, the water flowed back and
burning bush and heard a voice. He                                               drowned the soldiers. The Israelite escape
believed that God was telling him to lead                                        from Egypt is known as the Exodus.
the Israelites out of Egypt to freedom.
                                                                                 What Are the Ten Commandments?            On
    To get the pharaoh to let the Israelites                                     their way back to Canaan, the Israelites had
go, the Bible says that God sent 10 plagues                                      to travel through the Sinai desert. The Bible
to trouble Egypt. A plague is sometimes a                                        says that during this journey, Moses went to
disease, but it can also mean something that                                     the top of Mount Sinai (SY • NY). There, he
causes problems for a lot of people. The last                                    received laws from God. These laws were
plague God sent killed all first-born chil-                                      known as the Torah (TOHR • uh). They later
dren, except for those of Israelites who                                         became the first part of the Hebrew Bible.
marked their doorway with lamb’s blood.                                          The Torah described a covenant (KUHV •
This plague convinced the pharaoh to let                                         nuhnt), or agreement, with God. In the agree-
the Israelites leave. Jews today celebrate a                                     ment, God promised to return the Israelites
holiday called Passover to remember                                              to Canaan if they followed his laws.

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                                                                                      The Ten
                                                 According to the Bible, Moses received the
                                                 Ten Commandments and other laws from
                                                 God on Mount Sinai. Moses and the
                                                 Israelites promised to follow these laws.
                                                   1. Do not worship any god except me.
                                                   2. Do not . . . bow down and worship idols.
                                                   3. Do not misuse my name.
                                                   4. Remember that the Sabbath Day belongs
                                                      to me.
                                                   5. Respect your father and your mother.
  The Ark of the Covenant was a box,                                6. Do not murder.
  which, according to Jewish beliefs,                               7. Be faithful in marriage.
  held the Ten Commandments.                                        8. Do not steal.
  How did the Ten Commandments                                      9. Do not tell lies about others.
  help shape the basic moral laws
  of many European nations?                                       10. Do not want anything that
                                                                       belongs to someone else.
                                                                                                       —Exodus 20:3-17
    The Torah explained what
God considered to be right and
wrong. The most important part of                                      Moses with the
                                                                       Ten Commandments
the Torah is the Ten Commandments.
They are summarized in the feature to
the right. The Ten Commandments
told the Israelites to be loyal only to
God, whose name was never to be
spoken. They must never worship any
other gods or images. The belief that there
should be only one god became the founda-
tion for both Christianity and Islam.
    The Ten Commandments helped shape
the basic moral laws of many nations. The
                                                                        Mount Sinai
Ten Commandments told people not to
steal, murder, or tell lies about others. They
told people to avoid jealousy and to honor         1. How many of the commandments
their parents. The Ten Commandments also              tell people how to interact with other
helped develop a belief in the “rule of law.”         people?
This is the idea that laws should apply to         2. How many tell them how to worship
everyone equally.                                     and show respect for God?
                    Explain What covenant was
described in the Torah?

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The Promised Land                                                                the walls of Jericho crumbled, and the
                                                                                 Israelites overran the city.
               The Israelites had to fight the Canaanites                            Joshua led the Israelites in three more
to return to their promised land.                                                wars. The land they seized was divided
Reading Focus What qualities do you think a good                                 among the 12 tribes.
leader should have? Read on to find out about the lead-
ers of the Israelites.                                                           Who Were the Fighting Judges?             After
                                                                                 Joshua died, the Israelites looked to judges
    It probably took the Israelites about                                        for leadership. A judge was usually a military
40 years to reach Canaan. Moses never                                            leader. Generally, he or she commanded
lived to see the Promised Land. After Moses                                      1 or 2 tribes, but seldom all 12. The Bible tells
died, a leader named Joshua took over and                                        about Barak, Gideon, Samuel, Eli, Samson,
brought the Israelites into Canaan. When                                         and others, including a woman judge. Her
they arrived, however, they found other                                          name was Deborah.
people living there. Most were Canaanites                                            Deborah told Barak to attack the army
(KAY • nuh • NYTS). The Israelites believed it                                   of the Canaanite king Jabin. She went along
was God’s will that they conquer the                                             to the battlefield as an adviser. With
Canaanites, so Joshua led them into battle.                                      Deborah’s help, Barak and 10,000 Israelites
    The story of the campaign is told in the                                     destroyed King Jabin and his army in about
Bible. Joshua led the Israelites to the city of                                  1125 B.C.
Jericho and told them to march around the                                            Over time, the Israelites won control
city’s walls. For six days, they marched                                         of the hilly region in central Canaan. The
while seven priests blew their trumpets. On                                      Canaanites kept the flat, coastal areas. To
the seventh day, the trumpets sounded one                                        protect themselves, the Israelites built
last time, and Joshua told the Israelites to                                     walled towns. They also created an alphabet
raise a great shout. According to the story,                                     and a calendar based on Canaanite ideas.

                                                                                 The Phoenician Alphabet            One group of
                                                                                 Canaanites, the Phoenicians (fih • NEE •
                                                                                 shuhns), lived in cities along the Mediterranean

     According to the Bible story, the walls of
     Jericho came down as the trumpets of the
     Israelites sounded. Who led the Israelites
     in their return to Canaan?                                                             The town of Jericho today

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Sea. The Phoenicians were skilled                         Alphabets
sailors and traders. Their ships
                                       Modern        Ancient      Ancient Ancient Early
carried    goods     across    the    Characters Phoenician Hebrew Greek Roman
Mediterranean to Greece, Spain,            A
and even western Africa.
    Through trade, the Phoenicians
spread ideas and goods. One of             G
their most important ideas was             D
an alphabet, or a group of letters
that stood for sounds. The letters
could be used to spell out the             F
words in their language.                   Z
    The alphabet made writing             TH
simpler and helped people keep
records. The Phoenicians brought
the idea of an alphabet to the
Greeks. They, in turn, passed it on to the      The Phoenician idea of an alphabet was
                                                passed on to the Greeks and then the Romans.
Romans. Most Western alphabets are based        It is the basis for the English alphabet today.
on the Roman alphabet.                          Which modern letter most closely resembles
                       Identify Who led the                 its Phoenician character?
Israelites into Canaan, and what city did they
conquer under his leadership?

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                                       What Did You Learn?
Reading Summary                        1. Why was the religion of Israel
                                          unique in the ancient world?
                                                                             4. Analyze What was the
                                                                                importance of the Phoenician
Review the
                                       2. What is the Torah, and how did        alphabet?
• Led by Abraham, the Israelites          the Israelites obtain it?          5. Summarize What problems
  settled in Canaan. They later
                                                                                did the Israelites face when
  moved to Egypt and were              Critical Thinking
                                                                                they returned to Canaan?
  enslaved, but then escaped.          3. Summarizing Information
  The Israelites used the Ten             Use a web diagram like the one     6. Expository Writing Which
  Commandments as rules to                below to list the parts of            one of the Ten Commandments
  live by.                                Jewish religion that are still        do you think is most important
                                          important in our society.             today? Write a short essay to
                                                                                explain your selection.
• Joshua and the judges, including
  Deborah, won back territory in                                             7.                  Main Idea Write
  central Canaan for the Israelites.                                              a paragraph by adding support-
                                                  Jewish Ideas                    ing details to this main idea:
                                                                                  The Phoenician alphabet
                                                                                  had an impact on many

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                              The Kingdom
                                of Israel
                    What’s the Connection?                          Meeting People
                        In Section 1, you read about                Philistine (FIH • luh • STEEN)
                    the constant fighting between the               Saul (SAWL)
                    Israelites and the Canaanites. The              David
                    tribes of Israel longed for peace.              Solomon (SAHL • uh • muhn)
                    Many thought the way to peace
                    was to unite as one nation.                            (NEH • byuh • kuhd • NEH • zuhr)
                    Focusing on the                                 Building Your Vocabulary
                    • The Israelites chose a king to unite          prophet (PRAH • fuht)
                        them against their enemies. (page 87)       empire (EHM • PYR)
                    • King David built an Israelite empire          tribute (TRIH • byoot)
                        and made Jerusalem his capital city.        proverb (PRAH • VUHRB)
                        (page 89)

                    • The Israelites were conquered and             Reading Strategy
                        forced to leave Israel and Judah.           Categorizing Information Complete
                        (page 90)                                   a chart like the one below identifying
                                                                    characteristics of Israel and Judah.

                    Locating Places                                  Location
                    Jerusalem (juh • ROO • suh • luhm)               Capital City
                    Judah (JOO • duh)
                                                                     Date Conquered
                                                                     Conquered By

                                    1000 B.C.                   750 B.C.                           500 B.C.
                                         c. 1000 B.C.           722 B.C.                597 B.C.
                                         David                  Assyrians               Nebuchadnezzar
                                         becomes king           conquer Israel          captures Jerusalem
  Samaria Babylon

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                             The Israelites Choose a King
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                                                                                       The Rule of King Saul In 1020 B.C. the
                                                                                       Israelites asked Samuel to choose a king.
                                           The Israelites chose a king to unite        Samuel was a judge and a prophet (PRAH •
                             them against their enemies.                               fuht). A prophet is a person who claims to
                             Reading Focus What does “united we stand, divided         be instructed by God to share God’s words.
                             we fall” mean to you? Read on to find out what it meant   Samuel warned that a king would tax
                             to the 12 tribes of Israel.                               the Israelites and make them slaves. The
                                                                                       Israelites still demanded a king, so they
                                 Around 1000 B.C., the strongest people
                                                                                       chose a warrior-farmer named Saul (SAWL).
                             living in Canaan were not the Israelites,
                                                                                           Samuel anointed Saul as king. In other
                             but the Philistines (FIH • luh • STEENS). The
                                                                                       words, he blessed him with oil to show that
                             Philistines had strong cities, and they knew
                                                                                       God had chosen him. Saul was tall and
                             how to make iron tools and weapons. Fearing
                                                                                       handsome and had won many battles.
                             the power of the Philistines, many Israelites
                                                                                           Saul defeated the Israelites’ enemies in
                             copied their ways and worshiped their gods.
                                                                                       battle after battle. However, according to
                                 In the past, the 12 tribes often quarreled.
                                                                                       the Bible, the king displeased God by dis-
                             If they were going to save their religion and
                                                                                       obeying some of his commands. God then
                             way of life, they would have to learn how to
                                                                                       chose another king and instructed Samuel
                             work together. They needed a king to unite
                                                                                       to anoint him in secret. The new king was a
                             them against the Philistines.
                                                                                       young shepherd named David.
                                                                                                            Explain Why did the
                                                                                       Israelites want a king?
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                                                                                         According to the Bible, David had to be called in
                                more about the ancient Israelites.                       from the fields where he was tending his sheep
                                                                                         when Samuel arrived to anoint him. Why did
                                                                                         God have Samuel anoint David?
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   ed c.                             B.C.
                                                eral books of the
    The story of David’s life is told in sev
                                             II and Psalms. During
Old Testament, including Samuel I and
                                           King Saul’s court. While
his youth, David worked as an aide in
                                           with the king’s son,
at court, he formed a close friendship
                                           against the Philistines as
Jonathan. David fought courageously
                                            the Philistine giant,
a soldier in Saul’s army. He also killed
                                           nes. The first book of
Goliath, with only a slingshot and sto
                                             pleased King Saul.
Samuel tells how David’s harp playing
                                          friendship with Jonathan
 But the king grew jealous of David’s                                                 King David
 and of David’s gro  wing popularity as a brave soldier.
                                                     desert. During
     To save his own life, David fled into the                            “The sweet psalmist
                                           outlaws. David and
 this time, David led a group of other
 his band protected people from raid
                                            ers and returned               of Israel”
                                               the time David
 possessions that had been stolen. By                                           —David, 2 Samuel 23:1
                                                own throughout
  returned to Jerusalem, he was well-kn
  the land.                                                                             id
                                                  became the second king of Israel. Dav
      After the death of King Saul, David                                          and made it
                                            Israel. He then conquered Jerusalem
  successfully united all the tribes of                                      n, David built Israel
                                    the kingdom’s capital. During his reig
                                                                              oring kingdoms.
                                    into an empire and dominated neighb
                                                                                and successful
                                          David was not only a brave warrior
                                                                           Many of the hymns
                                    leader, he was also a talented poet.
                                                                                have been credited
                                     in the Old Testament’s book of Psalms
                                                                            begins “The Lord is
                                     to David, including Psalm 23, which
                                                                             kes me lie down
                                     my shepherd, I shall not want; he ma
                                                                               still waters; he
                                      in green pastures. He leads me beside
                                                                             hs of righteousness
                                      restores my soul. He leads me in pat
                                      for his name’s sake.”

                                                                                            to excel
                                                      In David’s time, kings were expected
                                                      in battle. Conduct research to find at
                                                      three U.S. presidents who built their
                                                       reputations in the military.
       David versus Goliath
David and Solomon                                                                Proverbs
             King David built an Israelite empire and      Solomon’s proverbs are recorded in the
made Jerusalem his capital city.                           Bible. Read these three, then answer
Reading Focus What person do you think was most            the question.
important in the history of the United States? Read to     “What you gain by
learn why King David is so important to the history of     doing evil won’t help
the Jewish people.                                         you at all, but being
                                                           good can save you
    David’s fame as a warrior spread. The                  from death.
Bible shows his fame by telling this story.                At harvest season
Just before a battle against the Philistines, a            it’s smart to work
giant Philistine named Goliath called out                  hard, but [unwise]
in a loud voice. He dared any Israelite to                 to sleep.
fight him one-on-one. David stepped for-                   You will be safe,
ward with his shepherd’s staff, a slingshot,               if you always do
and five smooth stones.                                    right, but you will
    “Am I a dog that you come against me                   get caught, if you
with a staff?” Goliath roared. He rushed                   are dishonest.”
forward with a heavy spear, but David was                        —Proverbs 10: 2, 5, 9
too quick for him. He hurled one stone                                                   King Solomon
straight at the giant’s forehead, and Goliath
dropped dead on the spot.
    Saul put David in charge of the army. As                How would the third proverb above
his victories grew, Israelite women sang his                convince people to tell the truth?
praises. “Saul has slain his thousands, and
David his ten thousands.” Saul grew envi-
ous and plotted to kill David.
    David hid out in enemy territory until               sacred religious objects cherished by the
Saul and his three sons were killed in battle.           Israelites would finally have a permanent
The bitter rivalry was over. David was able              home. David died before he built the temple,
to take the throne in about 1000 B.C.                    but for centuries, the Israelites remembered
    Once in power, David drove the                       him as their greatest king.
Philistines from the area. He conquered
other neighboring nations and created an                 The Rule of King Solomon         When David
empire (EHM • PYR). An empire is a nation that           died, his son Solomon (SAHL • uh • muhn)
rules several other nations. Conquered peo-              became king. It was Solomon who built a
ples in the area had to pay David and the                splendid stone temple in Jerusalem. It
Israelites tribute (TRIH • byoot). Tribute is            became the symbol and center of the Jewish
money or slaves given to a stronger ruler.               religion.
    David made the Israelites pay heavy                      In the Bible, Solomon was known for his
taxes. He needed money to expand his new                 wise sayings, or proverbs (PRAH • VUHRBS), but
capital of Jerusalem (juh • ROO • suh • luhm).           many Israelites hated his rule. Solomon taxed
He wanted a fine temple there so that                    the people to pay for his great buildings.

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        The Israelites in the north were espe-
    cially unhappy with Solomon. To get more
                                                                                          A Troubled Time
    money, Solomon had made many of their                                                               The Israelites were conquered and
    young men work in the mines of a neigh-                                               forced to leave Israel and Judah.
    boring country.                                                                       Reading Focus Have you ever moved and left a home
        When Solomon died, the northerners                                                you loved? Read to find out why many Israelites were
    rebelled and fighting broke out. Ten of the                                           forced to leave their home.
    12 tribes set up their own nation in the north.
    It was called the kingdom of Israel, and its                                              While the Israelites were dividing their
    capital was Samaria. In the south, the other                                          kingdom, the Assyrians and Chaldeans
    two tribes founded the smaller kingdom of                                             (kal • DEE • uhns) were building empires in
    Judah (JOO • duh). Its capital was Jerusalem,                                         southwest Asia. These peoples wanted to
    and its people were called Jews.                                                      control the trade routes that ran through the
                                       Explain Why did Solomon                            Israelite kingdoms. Small and weak, the
    tax the people so heavily?                                                            kingdoms of Israel and Judah felt threat-
                                                                                          ened by their powerful neighbors.

                                Ancient Israel
         33°E                                           36°E
                                                                                                 The temple built by Solomon was thought
                                                                                                 to be about 180 feet long. It contained
           Cyprus                                                                                large quantities of imported cedar wood
                                                                                                 and fine stone. Why did the Israelites
                                                                                                 become unhappy with Solomon?
                               Sidon                       Damascus

                           Tyre                                SYRIAN
                                       Jo r d a n R .

       W             Samaria
                    Jerusalem                                         Kingdom of Israel
                                       Dead                           Kingdom of Judah
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                          After the death of Solomon, the
            Mt.           Israelites split into two kingdoms—
                          Israel and Judah.
                          1. Which kingdom lost access to
                             the Mediterranean?
                          2. Which kingdom shares a border
                             with Phoenicia?
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                              Major Hebrew Prophets
Name               Time Period               Teachings
Elijah              874–840 B.C.             Only God should be worshiped—not idols
                                              or false gods.
Amos                780–740 B.C.             The kingdom of King David will be restored
                                              and will prosper.
Hosea               750–722 B.C.             God is loving and forgiving.
Isaiah              738–700 B.C.             God wants us to help others and promote justice.
Micah               735–700 B.C.             Both rich and poor have to do what is right
                                              and follow God.

Jeremiah            626–586 B.C.             God is just and kind—he rewards as well as
Ezekiel             597–571 B.C.             Someone who has done wrong can choose
                                              to change.

                                                   The Israelites believed that God shared his
Who Were the Prophets?          During this        word with them through a series of prophets.
troubled time, many Israelites forgot their        1. Which prophet taught that both the rich and
                                                      the poor needed to obey God’s word?
religion. The rich mistreated the poor, and
                                                   2. Compare What do the teachings of Isaiah,
government officials stole money.                     Micah, and Ezekiel have in common?
    The prophets wanted to bring Israelites
back to God’s laws. Their special message
was that being faithful meant more than
going to a temple to worship. It meant
                                                   forced to move lost their religion and way
working for a just society. The prophet
                                                   of life. They are often called the “lost tribes
Amos said that justice should “roll down
                                                   of Israel.”
like waters and righteousness as a mighty
                                                       The Assyrians settled the area around
stream.” The goal of a just society became
                                                   Samaria and became known as Samaritans.
an important part of Christianity and Islam.
                                                   The Assyrian settlers were afraid that
What Caused the Fall of Israel?      The war-      Israel’s God might punish them for taking
like Assyrians were feared everywhere in           the Israelites’ land, so they offered sacrifices
the region. When they conquered a nation,          to Israel’s God. They also read the Torah
the Assyrians destroyed its main buildings         and followed the Israelites’ religious laws.
and scattered the population. Assyrians            After many years, the Samaritans wor-
then settled in the territory.                     shiped only the God of Israel.
    In 722 B.C. the Assyrians conquered                The people of Judah looked down on
Israel and scattered the 10 tribes across their    the Samaritans. They believed that God
empire. Over time, the Israelites who were         accepted only the sacrifices from the temple

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at Jerusalem. They did not believe that                       Nebuchadnezzar (NEH • byuh • kuhd • NEH •
other people were God’s people too.                           zuhr) of the Chaldeans captured Jerusalem.
                                                              He punished the Jews severely. He made
Why Did Judah Fall? Now, only the small                       10,000 Jews leave the city and live in
kingdom of Judah was left of the once
                                                              Babylon, the Chaldean capital. Then he
proud empire of David. It did not last long,
                                                              appointed a new Jewish king.
because the Egyptians conquered it about
                                                                 Soon the new king of Judah was plan-
620 B.C. The Jews were able to keep their
                                                              ning a revolt against the Chaldeans. A
king but paid tribute to Egypt.
                                                              prophet named Jeremiah warned him that
    However, Egyptian rule was cut short
                                                              another revolt was dangerous, but the king
when the Chaldeans conquered Egypt in
                                                              did not listen. In 586 B.C. he revolted. This
605 B.C. The Chaldeans became the new
                                                              time, the Chaldean ruler crushed Jerusalem.
rulers of Judah. At first, the Chaldeans
                                                              He destroyed the temple, bound the king in
treated the Israelites like the Egyptians had
                                                              chains, and took him and thousands of Jews
before. They allowed the Jews to keep their
                                                              to Babylon. In Jewish history, this time
king as long as they paid tribute.
                                                              became known as the Babylonian Captivity.
    Several years later, the Jews united with
the Egyptians to rebel against the Chaldeans.                                      Explain Why did the
Judah held out against the Chaldean                           Assyrians and Chaldeans want to control the land
invasion until 597 B.C. That year, King                       belonging to the Israelites?

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Reading Summary                             1. Why was David anointed king
                                               while Saul was still in charge
                                                                                  4. Summarize What happened
                                                                                     to the Israelites after the death
Review the                                     of the Israelites?                    of Solomon?
• Saul was the first king of the
  Israelites. He united the 12 tribes       2. Who were the prophets, and         5. Describe Who were the
  into one kingdom.                            why were they important to            Samaritans, and what did the
                                               the Israelites?                       people of Judah think of them?
• King David built an Israelite             Critical Thinking                     6. Infer Why do you think
  empire and made Jerusalem
                                            3. Compare Draw a chart like             the Assyrians, and later the
  his capital. Solomon built a
                                               the one below. Use it to com-         Chaldeans, moved Jews
  great temple at Jerusalem, but
                                               pare the accomplishments of           away from Israel and Judah
  after he died, the Israelites
                                               King David and King Solomon.          after those areas were
  split into two kingdoms—Israel
  and Judah.                                    King David     King Solomon

• The Assyrians and then the                                                      7.                Main Idea
                                                                                       Choose one paragraph from the
  Chaldeans conquered Israel and
                                                                                       Biography on page 88. Create
  Judah, and forced many Israelites
                                                                                       a graphic organizer to show
  to leave their homeland.
                                                                                       the main idea and supporting
                                                                                       details in that paragraph.

92              CHAPTER 3         The Ancient Israelites
                            The Growth
                              of Judaism
What’s the Connection?                        Meeting People
    In Section 2, you learned that the        Judas Maccabeus
Chaldeans forced thousands of Jews              (JOO • duhs        MAK • uh • BEE • uhs)
to go to Babylon. Life in Babylon was         Herod (HEHR • uhd)
very difficult. Many of Judah’s people        Zealot (ZEH • luht)
looked to their religion for hope and         Johanan ben Zakkai
strength.                                       (YOH • kah • nahn        behn • zah • KY)
Focusing on the                               Building Your Vocabulary
• The Jews continued their religion           exile (EHG • ZYL)
 during their exile in Babylon. (page 94)
                                              Sabbath (SA • buhth)
• Jews spread their beliefs to the Greek      synagogue (SIH • nuh • GAHG)
 world and regained control of Judah.         Diaspora (dy • AS • pruh)
 (page 95)
                                              messiah (muh • SY • uh)
• Religion shaped the Jewish way of           rabbi (RA • BY)
 life. (page 97)
• Under Roman rule, the Jews were             Reading Strategy
 divided and rebellious. In response,         Summarizing Information Use a
 the Romans destroyed the temple              diagram like the one below to describe
 and exiled the Jews. (page 100)              the Maccabees.

Locating Places                                 Maccabees
Babylon (BA • buh • luhn)

                                 600 B.C.                   250 B.C.                        A.D. 100
                                   538 B.C.             168 B.C.                              A.D. 66
                                   Cyrus allows Jews    Judas Maccabeus                       Jews revolt
                                   to return to Judah   rebels against Antiochus              against Romans

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Exile and Return                                                                           Why Did Jews Return to Judah? During
                                                                                           the 500s B.C., a group of people called
              The Jews continued their religion during                                     Persians swept across southwest Asia. The
their exile in Babylon.                                                                    Persians defeated the Chaldeans and took
Reading Focus Have you ever learned something                                              over Babylon. In 538 B.C. the Persian king
important by experiencing a hardship? Read on to find                                      Cyrus permitted Jews to return to Judah.
out what lessons the Jews learned from hard times.                                             Some Jews stayed in Babylon, but many
                                                                                           went home. They rebuilt Jerusalem and the
    The Jews called their time in Babylon an                                               temple. Cyrus appointed officials to rule the
exile (EHG • ZYL). This means they were                                                    country and collected taxes from the peo-
forced to live in a foreign land. During their                                             ple. Because Persians controlled their gov-
exile, the Israelite religion became what we                                               ernment, the Jews looked to their religion
call Judaism.                                                                              for leadership.
    While in Babylon (BA • buh • luhn), small                                                  The leaders of the Jews became the tem-
groups of Jews met on the Sabbath (SA •                                                    ple priests and scribes, or religious scholars
buhth). This was their weekly day of worship                                               and writers. Under a scribe named Ezra, the
and rest. The Jews would pray and discuss                                                  Jews wrote the five books of the Torah on
their religion and history. These meetings                                                 pieces of parchment. They sewed the pieces
took place at synagogues (SIH • nuh • GAHGS),                                              together to make long scrolls. The Torah
or Jewish houses of worship. The syna-                                                     and writings that were added later made
gogue meetings gave the people hope.                                                       up the Hebrew Bible.

                                                                     Torah scrolls are carried in decorated cases
                                                                     such as this one from the main synagogue
                                                                     in Jerusalem. What larger text is made up
                                                                     of the Torah and other important writing?

                                                                                                                                Torah scrolls

                                                                                  A rabbi reads
                                                                                  from the Torah.

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                                                                                                                                                  The Jews and the Greeks
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                                                                                                  What Is in the Hebrew Bible?    The Hebrew
                                                                                                  Bible is really a series of books collected
                                                                                                  together. It includes the five books of the                  Jews spread their beliefs to the Greek
                                                                                                  Torah and 34 other books. These books           world and regained control of Judah.
                                                                                                  describe events in Jewish history. The Jews     Reading Focus How do you show loyalty to friends
                                                                                                  believed that God had a special role for them   and family? In the following paragraphs, you’ll learn
                                                                                                  in history and that events had meaning.         how Jews showed loyalty to their religion and country.
                                                                                                      For example Genesis, the first book of
                                                                                                  the Torah, tells how God punished the               In 334 B.C. a king named Alexander the
                                                                                                  world for its bad behavior. In Genesis, God     Great began taking over kingdoms around
                                                                                                  tells Noah to build an ark, or large boat.      the Mediterranean. In 331 B.C. his armies
                                                                                                  Noah, his family, and two of every animal       defeated the Persians, so Judah came under
                                                                                                  on Earth boarded the ark. Then a great          his control. Fortunately, Alexander allowed
                                                                                                  flood covered the land, and only those on       the Jews to stay in Judah. However,
                                                                                                  the ark escaped drowning. After the flood,      Alexander, who loved all things Greek,
                                                                                                  God created a rainbow as a symbol of his        introduced the Greek language and Greek
                                                                                                  promise to never again destroy the world        ways to Judah.
                                                                                                  with a flood.                                   What Was the Diaspora?       At the time,
                                                                                                      Genesis also explains why the world         Jews were also living in other parts of
                                                                                                  has languages. It tells how the people of       Alexander’s empire. Many still lived in
                                                                                                  Babel tried to build a tower to heaven. God     Babylon. Some lived in Egypt and other
                                                                                                  disapproved and made the people speak in        lands around the Mediterranean Sea. The
                                                                                                  different languages, then scattered them        Jews outside of Judah became known as the
                                                                                                  across the earth.

                                                                                                  The Jews Look to the Future     Parts of the       According to the Bible, Daniel is thrown into
                                                                                                                                                     a lion’s den for refusing to worship the
                                                                                                  Bible described God’s plan for a peaceful          Babylonian gods. God, however, kept Daniel safe
                                                                                                  future. The book of Daniel addressed this          from the lions. What lesson did this story
                                                                                                  issue. Daniel lived in Babylon and was a           present to the Jews?
                                                                                                  trusted adviser of the king.
                                                                                                  However, he refused to worship
                                                                                                  Babylonian gods. The Chaldeans
                                                                                                  threw Daniel into a lion’s den,
                                                                                                  but God protected Daniel from
                                                                                                  the lions. The story was meant to
                                                                                                  remind Jews that God would res-
                                                                                                  cue them.
                                                                                                      The Jews believed that evil and
                                                                                                  suffering would eventually be
                                                                                                  replaced by goodness. Christians
                                                                                                  and Muslims share this idea of
                                                                                                  good triumphing over evil.
                                                                                                                    Identify Who
                                                                                                  allowed the Jews to return to Judah?
Diaspora (dy • AS • pruh). Diaspora is a Greek    (JOO • duhs MAK • uh • BEE • uhs) and his fol-
word that means “scattered.”                      lowers rebelled. They fled to the hills and
   Many Jews of the Diaspora learned the          formed an army known as the Maccabees.
Greek language and Greek ways but                     After many battles, the Maccabees drove
remained loyal to Judaism. A group of them        the Greeks out of Judah. They destroyed
copied the Hebrew Bible into Greek. This          all traces of Greek gods and goddesses in
Greek version helped people who were not          their temple and made it a temple for wor-
Jews to read and understand the Hebrew            shiping the God of Israel. Each year Jews
Bible. As a result, Jewish ideas spread           recall the cleansing of the temple when they
throughout the Mediterranean world.               celebrate Hanukkah (HAH • nuh • kuh).
                                                      Priests from Judas Maccabeus’s family
Who Were the Maccabees? In 168 B.C. a             became the new rulers of Judah. Under
Greek ruler named Antiochus (an • TY • uh         their leadership, Judah took over land that
kuhs) controlled Judah. He decided to make        had been part of the kingdom of Israel.
the Jews of Judah worship Greek gods and                                Analyze How did Alexander
goddesses. A priest named Judas Maccabeus         the Great affect the Israelites?

                                Major Jewish Holidays
     Name        Time       Length          Reason for                       Customs
                of Year                     the Holiday

 Passover      April        8 days     to celebrate God’s passing   limited work; some fasts;
                            (7 in      over of the Jews during      sell certain foods that
                            Israel)    the final plague in          cannot be eaten or
                                       Egypt that enabled the       owned during the holiday;
                                       Jews to return to the        perform rituals
                                       Promised Land

 Rosh          September    2 days     to celebrate the Jewish      plan changes for the new
 Hoshana       or October              New Year                     year; no work; synagogue
                                                                    services; a shofar (horn) is
                                                                    blown in synagogues

 Yom Kippur September       25 hours   to make amends for           no work; synagogue services;
            or October                 sins of the past year        pray; fast; apologize for
                                                                    wrongs during the past year

 Hanukkah      December     8 days     to celebrate the Maccabees’ light candles each night;
                                       victory, and reclaiming of  eat fried foods; play a game
                                       the temple in Jerusalem     called dreidel; give gifts


The Jewish Way of Life                                     Family Life   The Jews placed great impor-
                                                           tance on family. Sons were especially val-
             Religion shaped the Jewish way of life.       ued because they carried on the family
Reading Focus What types of things influence the           name. Upon a father’s death, the son
way you live? Read to find out how religion influenced     became head of the family.
Jewish life.                                                   Education was also important. Jewish
                                                           children’s first teachers were their mothers.
    Jewish law set out many rules for Jews to              When sons grew old enough, fathers taught
follow that affected their daily life. These laws          them how to earn a living and to worship
influenced their education, the foods they ate,            God. Later, elders took over the religious
and even the clothes they wore. The laws                   education of boys and taught them the
emphasized self-control and reminded Jews                  Torah. Because reading the Torah was cen-
of their religion. This became important when              tral to Jewish life, religious teachers became
they no longer had their own land and king.                important community leaders.

 Head Coverings
                                                                 Jews in modern-day head coverings
          Under Greek rule, Jewish leaders began
 covering their heads to distinguish themselves
 from the Greeks and to remind themselves to
 think about God. Gradually, all Jewish men
 started wearing turbans or skull caps.
 Jewish women always kept their heads
 covered because a woman’s hair was
 considered very private.

                                                                            Jews still wear head coverings,
                                                                  but only the most conservative—
                                                                 Orthodox Jews—wear them at all times.
                                                                Most Jewish men wear skull caps called
                                                              yarmulkes. Jewish women wear scarves
                                                           or skull caps. Why do you think Jews of the
                                                         Diaspora are more reluctant to wear head
                                                         coverings than Jews in Israel?
                  Ancient Jewish head covering

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                                               Mothers educated their daughters at

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                                           home. The girls learned to be good wives,
                                           mothers, and housekeepers. This included
                                           learning Jewish laws about food and
                                           clothing. They also learned about the coura-
Education in Ancient Israel and Judah      geous women of ancient Israel. One of these
Early Israelites placed a high value on    women was named Ruth. Her biography
education. Rabbis—Jewish religious         appears on the next page. Her courage and
teachers—taught their followers, “If you   devotion to her family provided an exam-
have knowledge, you have everything.”      ple for Jewish girls to follow.
Unfortunately, only boys were allowed
to go to school.
                                           The Jewish Diet    Under Jewish law, Jews
                                           could eat only certain animals. For exam-
    Fathers taught their young sons the    ple, they could eat beef and lamb but not
commandments. They also taught them        pork. They could eat scaly fish, like salmon,
about the meanings of Jewish traditions    but not smooth-skinned fish, like eels. Laws
and holy feasts. At age five, boys went    about food were known as kashrut, which
to a school that was connected with        means “that which is proper.”
the synagogue. There, the hazan, or            Today, food that is prepared according to
minister of the synagogue, taught them     Jewish dietary laws is called kosher. Animals
the Torah. Everything the students         used for kosher meat must be killed in a
learned—from the alphabet to Jewish        special way. The meat must be inspected,
history—they learned from the Torah.       salted, and soaked. To be kosher, Jews must
    Jewish laws decided the stages of      not cook or eat milk products with meat.
students’ education. Different subjects        In ancient times, everyday meals were
were introduced at the ages of 5, 10,      made up of fish, fruit, vegetables, and bar-
                                           ley bread. Beverages included mainly milk,
and 13. Most Jewish boys finished
                                           water, wine, and beer.
their education at age 13. At that age,
boys became adults.                        Jewish Clothing  Jewish law forbade mixing
                                           some fabrics. So women used flax or wool
                                           to make cloth but did not combine the two.
                                               Jewish men wore tunics made of linen
                                           next to their skin. Some men layered
                                           another tunic on top of the first. In cold
                                           weather, they added wool or sheepskin
                                           cloaks. On their heads, they wore caps or
                                           turbans. On their feet, they wore sandals.
  Children studying the Torah today            Women draped themselves in long, sim-
                                           ple dresses. They covered their heads with
                                           shawls. Only wealthy women could afford
Connecting to the Past                     leather shoes. They also wore makeup and
1. Why was education important to the
   ancient Israelites?                     jewelry.
2. What was a father’s role in his son’s                     Analyze Why were sons
   education?                              especially valued in Jewish society?
RUTH AND NAOMI                                 and devotion, Jewish girls learned abo
                                                                                          ut the
     To show the importance of family love                                     Bible tells about
                                      mi. The Book of Ruth in the Hebrew
relationship between Ruth and Nao                           , Naomi. Years before, there was so
Ruth’s life and  of her dedication to her mother-in-law                                   Moab.
                                                  band, and their two sons moved to
little food in Bethlehem that Naomi, her hus                                            her sons
                                             gically, Naomi’s husband and both of
The  re, one of their sons married Ruth. Tra                                    in Moab with
                                        hlehem, but she urged Ruth to stay
 died. Naomi wanted to return to Bet                                                               g
                                                         mi by herself. She insisted on travelin
 her parents   and friends. Ruth refused to leave Nao                                        you
                                                  “Wherever you go, I will go; wherever
 with her  to Bethlehem. Ruth said to Naomi,                                     .”
                                        be my people, and your God my God
 lodge; I will lodge; your people shall                                                       at the
                                                   Naomi and Ruth arrived in Bethlehem
                                                                                      ause Ruth
                                              beginning of the barley harvest. Bec
                                                                                       an outsider
                                              was from Moab, she was considered
                                                                                         e Ruth was
                                              by the Israelites. Furthermore, becaus
                                                                                      she did not
                                              a widow and did not have children,
                                              have any property rights. To survive
                                              Bethlehem, she had to rely upon her
                                               law’s advice and the kindness of a wea
                                               landowner named Boaz.
                                                   During the harvest, Ruth worked in
                                                                                         the ground
                                                fields, gathering grain left behind on
                                                                                        t began at
                                                by the reapers. It was hard work tha
                                                dawn and ended at dusk, but Ruth nev
                                                                                           ect and
                                                complained. She soon earned the resp
                                                                                          e, Ruth
                                                 admiration of her new people. In tim
                                                 married Boaz. They had a son named
                                                 In the Hebrew Bible, at the end of the
                                                 of Ruth, Obed is named as the grandf
                                                 of David, the future king of Israel.

                                                                                             rely on
                                                      To survive in Bethlehem, Ruth had to
                                                      Naomi and Boaz. If a present-day wo
                                                      moved to a new city, what resources
                                                                                            , and
                                                      she use to help her find work, shelter
                                                      other necessities?
              Naomi and Ruth

                                                                the west in what is today the country of
The Jews and the Romans                                         Italy. When the Romans conquered Judah,
              Under Roman rule, the Jews were                   they renamed it Judaea (joo • DEE • uh). At
divided and rebellious. In response, the Romans                 first, the Romans allowed Jewish rulers to
destroyed the temple and exiled the Jews.                       run Judaea.
Reading Focus Do you consider freedom worth
fighting for? Read to find out what happened to the             The Rule of King Herod       The most famous
Jews after they fought for their freedom.                       ruler of Judaea during this time was
                                                                King Herod (HEHR • uhd). He was known for
    In 63 B.C. a people known as the Romans                     his cruelty and his changes to the Jewish
conquered Judah. Led by powerful gener-                         temple in Jerusalem. He made the temple
als, the Romans were intent on expanding                        one of the most awe-inspiring buildings in
their empire. The Roman capital was far to                      the Roman world. Today he is best known
                                                                as the king who ruled Judaea when Jesus
                                                                was born.
                                                                    Shortly after Herod died, the Romans
                                                                replaced the Jewish king with Roman offi-
                                                                cials. The Jews were eager to regain control,
                                                                but because they had splintered into different
                                                                groups, they did not have as much power.
                                                                    One group of Jews was known as the
                                                                Pharisees (FAR • uh • seez). They taught the
        Dead Sea Scrolls                                        Torah and how to apply its laws to daily
        In A.D. 1947 shepherd boys in the                       life. In doing so, they helped make Judaism
        Judaean desert near the Dead Sea                        a religion of the home and family. The
        found the first of the Dead Sea Scrolls                 Pharisees taught in synagogues and were
        in a cave. The Dead Sea Scrolls are                     supported by the common people.
        ancient scrolls of leather, papyrus, and                    The Sadducees (SA • juh • SEEZ) also
        copper written between 200 B.C . and                    accepted the Torah. However, they were
        A.D. 68. The documents include the                      more concerned about how it applied to the
        oldest complete copy                                                  priests in the Temple. This was
        of the book of Isaiah                                                 because most of them were
        and pieces of many                                                    priests and scribes. They did
        other books of the                                                    not agree with many of the
        Hebrew Bible. Most                                                    Pharisees’ teachings.
        scholars believe that                                                     A third group was called
        the scrolls were part                                                 Essenes (ih • SEENZ). They were
        of a library that                                                     priests who broke away from
        belonged to an early                                                  the Temple in Jerusalem.
        Jewish community.                                                     Many Essenes lived together
                                                                              in the desert. They spent their
             Restoration of the
             Dead Sea Scrolls
                                                                              lives praying and waiting for
                                                                              God to deliver the Jews from
                                                                              the Romans.

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                         Today Jews come to the Western Wall, also known as the Wailing Wall,
                         to pray. What structure is the Western Wall the remains of?

    In A.D. 1947 ancient scrolls were found       Jerusalem. The Western Wall is all that
in the desert near the Dead Sea. They were        remains of it today.
probably written by Essenes and are called            The Jews revolted again in A.D. 132.
the Dead Sea Scrolls. The scrolls have            Three years later, the Romans put down the
helped historians understand more about           revolt. This time, the Romans forbade Jews
Judaism during Roman times.                       to live in or even visit Jerusalem. They gave
                                                  Judah the name of Palestine. This name
Jewish Revolts   During the A.D. 60s, Jewish      refers to the Philistines, whom the Israelites
hatred of Roman rule was at its peak. Many        had conquered centuries before.
Jews were waiting for a messiah (muh • SY •
uh), or deliverer sent by God. Other Jews         Jewish Teachers    Despite losing their land,
known as Zealots (ZEH • luhts) wanted to          the Jews managed to survive. They no
fight the Romans for their freedom.               longer had priests. Instead, leaders called
    In A.D. 66 the Zealots revolted against       rabbis (RA • BYZ) became important. Rabbis
the Romans and drove them out of                  were teachers of the Torah.
Jerusalem. Four years later, the Romans              One of the most famous rabbis was
retook Jerusalem. They killed thousands of        Johanan ben Zakkai (YOH • kah • nahn
Jews and forced many others to leave. The         behn zah • KY). After the revolt of A.D. 70, he
Romans also destroyed the temple in               made sure the study of the Torah continued.

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He founded a school in northern Palestine                                                 The Talmud
that became a center of Torah studies
                                                                  Part of the Talmud declares that most types
for centuries. Other rabbis founded Torah
                                                                  of work and business are not allowed on
schools in places as far away as Babylon                          the Sabbath, or Jewish day of worship. This
and Egypt.                                                                  passage identifies the only times
    The rabbis wanted to                                                    it is okay to break those rules.
save and pass on teachings                                                  “One is permitted to remove debris on
about the Torah. They com-                                                  the Sabbath in order to save a life or
bined the teachings in                                                      to act for the benefit of the community;
a book called the Talmud.                                                   and we may assemble in the synagogue
                                                                            on the Sabbath to conduct public
To this day, the Talmud
                                                                            business [i.e., matters of community
remains an important                                                        concern].”
record of Jewish law.
                                                                                              —The Talmud for Today,
    For 2,000 years, most
                                                                                            Rabbi Alexander Feinsilver,
Jews lived outside of                                                  Jews reading the
                                                                                                        trans. and ed.
                                                                      Talmud today
Palestine. They often faced hatred and
persecution. In A.D. 1948 Palestine was
divided, and a new Jewish nation called
Israel was created.                                                  Why do you think these exceptions were
                                                                     made for the benefit of the community?
                   Explain How did the
Roman conquest affect the Jews?

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Reading Summary                              1. What was the Diaspora?             5. Identify Who were the
                                             2. What was education like within        Zealots, and why were
Review the
                                                a Jewish family?                      they important?
• During their exile in Babylon, the
    Jews developed their religion,                                                 6. Draw Conclusions Do you
                                             Critical Thinking
    which is based upon the stories                                                   think that Jewish beliefs and
                                             3. Organizing Information                values would have spread so
    in the Hebrew Bible.                        Draw a table to describe the          widely if the lands of Israel
• Jews spread their ideas to the                differences between these             and Judah had not been
    Greek world. About 168 B.C .,               three Jewish groups.                  conquered by other peoples?
    they fought the Greeks for                                                        Explain.
    control of Judah.                          Pharisees Sadducees     Essenes
                                                                                   7. Persuasive Writing Imagine
• Religious laws concerning food                                                      you are living in Judaea during
    and clothing affected everyday
                                                                                      the Roman conquest. Write a
    Jewish life.
                                                                                      letter to a friend describing how
• In 63 B.C. Judah was taken over                                                     you might have felt about the
    by the Roman Empire.                     4. Summarize How did the Jews            Romans and what actions you
                                                practice their religion during        would like to see taken to
                                                the exile in Babylon?                 make Judaea free again.

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Section       The First Israelites
Vocabulary   Focusing on the
monotheism   • The Israelites believed in one God who set
tribe          down moral laws for his people. They
Torah          recorded their history in the Bible. (page 81)
covenant     • The Israelites had to fight the Canaanites
alphabet       to return to their promised land. (page 84)

                                                Moses with the
                                                Ten Commandments

Section       The Kingdom of Israel
Vocabulary   Focusing on the
prophet      • The Israelites chose a king to unite them against their enemies. (page 87)
empire       • King David built an Israelite empire and made Jerusalem his capital city.
tribute       (page 89)
proverb      • The Israelites were conquered and forced to leave Israel and Judah.
              (page 90)

Section       The Growth of Judaism
Vocabulary   Focusing on the
exile        • The Jews continued their religion
Sabbath       during their exile in Babylon. (page 94)
synagogue    • Jews spread their beliefs to the Greek
Diaspora      world and regained control of Judah.
messiah       (page 95)
rabbi        • Religion shaped the Jewish way of life.
              (page 97)
             • Under Roman rule, the Jews were
              divided and rebellious. In response,
              the Romans destroyed the temple
              and exiled the Jews. (page 100)

                                                                         Torah scrolls

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Review Vocabulary                                     Section 2 • The Kingdom of Israel
Match the definitions in the second column to         11. Why did the Israelites choose a king?
the terms in the first column.                        12. What happened when the Israelites were
 1. tribe             a. Jewish house of                  conquered?
                          worship                     Section 3 • The Growth of Judaism
 2. prophet           b. claims to be inspired        13. How did Jewish ideas spread throughout
                          by God                          the Mediterranean world?
 3. synagogue         c. family group                 14. How did Romans respond to Jewish
 4. Sabbath           d. holy day of worship              rebellions?
                          and rest
 5. messiah           e. forced absence
                                                      Critical Thinking
                                                      15. Contrast How was the Jewish religion
 6. monotheism         f. belief in one god
                                                          different from religions of other ancient
 7. covenant          g. deliverer sent                   cultures?
                          by God
                                                      16. Analyze Why do you think the Israelites
 8. exile             h. agreement                        felt so strongly about a Promised Land?
                                                      17. Compare and Contrast How were Saul
Review Main Ideas                                         and David similar, and how were they
Section 1 • The First Israelites                          different?
 9. Where did the Israelites record their             18. Explain How did the Jewish religion
    history and religious beliefs?                        survive during the exile of the Jews?
10. Why did the Israelites fight the                  19. Describe What is celebrated on the
    Canaanites?                                           Jewish holiday Hanukkah?

               Main Idea           Finding the Main Idea
   20. Read the paragraph at the right from page 101. Create a graphic organizer that shows
       the main idea and supporting details.

                   In A.D. 1947 ancient scrolls were found in the desert near
               the Dead Sea. They were probably written by Essenes and are
               called the Dead Sea Scrolls. The scrolls have helped historians
               understand more about Judaism during Roman times.

                                                                          To review this skill, see pages 78–79.

104            CHAPTER 3     The Ancient Israelites
                                                                                           Self-Check Quiz To help you prepare for
Geography Skills                                                                           the Chapter Test, visit
Study the map below and answer the follow-
ing questions.
21. Location Which kingdom—Israel or                                                     Using Technology
    Judah—had an advantage when it came                                                  27. Organizing Information Search the
    to trade? Why?                                                                           Internet or your local library for informa-
22. Identify What advantage did Judah have                                                   tion about the early Phoenicians and
    over Israel?                                                                             Philistines. Use the computer to create
23. Analyze Why did the Phoenicians focus                                                    a chart comparing the two cultures.
    on trade rather than farming?                                                            Include headings such as Location,
                                                                                             Time Period, Major Contributions, and
                    Israelite Kingdoms
                                                                                         Linking Past and Present
                            Byblos                                                       28. Making Comparisons The Israelites
  Mediterranean                                                                              moved from place to place within the same
                                                                                             region along the Mediterranean. Trace the
                       Sidon                                                                 route of one of their journeys on a map
                                                                DESERT                       of ancient times. Then trace the route
                     Tyre                                                                    again on a map showing that region as
                                                                  KEY                        it is today. Identify the current nations
                  Samaria                                    Phoenicians                     and landmarks in that region.
                               Jo r d a n R

    W       E                                                Kingdom of Israel
                                                             Kingdom of Judah

                               Sea 0                                           100 mi.
                                                0                100 km
                                                Lambert Azimuthal Equal-Area
                                                projection                                    The following passage describes the
                                                                                              effects of the attack on Judaea. The
                                                                                              passage is written by Josephus, a
Read to Write                                                                                 Jewish historian in the Roman era.
24. Descriptive Writing Imagine you are liv-                                                  “Throughout the city people were dying
    ing in Jerusalem during the time of King                                                  of hunger in large numbers. . . . In every
    Solomon. Write a letter to a friend describ-                                              house the merest hint of food sparked
    ing the things Solomon is doing as leader.                                                violence, and close relatives fell to blows. . . .
    Be sure to mention which of these things                                                  No respect was paid even to the dying; the
    the people like and which they do not like.                                               ruffians searched them, in case they were
25. Summarize Choose three events in this                                                     concealing food somewhere in their clothes.”
    chapter that you think were the most                                                                  —Josephus, “The Siege of Jerusalem”
    important to the history of the Israelites.
    Write a headline for each that might have
    appeared in a newspaper of that time.
                                                                                              29. What does Josephus mean when he
26. Using Your                Use the information                                                 says “No respect was paid even to
    you wrote in your three-pocket foldable                                                       the dying”?
    to create a fill-in-the-blank quiz for a class-                                           30. How might this account have been
    mate. Write a paragraph about one of the                                                      different if it had been written by
    sections, leaving blanks for your classmate                                                   a Roman soldier?
    to fill in. Leave blanks for vocabulary
    words or significant places and people.

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                                Comparing Civilizations
                Compare the civilizations
             that you have read about by
             reviewing the information                                                  Chapter 1
             below. Can you see how the                                                 Chapter 2
             people of these civilizations                                              Chapter 3

             helped to build the world we
             live in today?

                                                                    First                   Ancient                      Ancient
                                                                Civilizations                Egypt                      Israelites
                                                                  Chap ter 1                Cha p te r 2                C h a p te r 3
Where did these
                                                  • Between the Tigris and         • Along the banks of the     • In an area called Canaan
civilizations                                        Euphrates Rivers               Nile River

                                                  • Sargon, c. 2340–2279 B.C.                                   • Abraham, c. 1800 B.C.
Who are some                                      • Hammurabi,                                                  • Moses, c. 1250 B.C.
important                                                                          • King Khufu, c. 2540 B.C.
                                                     c. 1792–1750 B.C .
                                                                                   • Hatshepsut, c. 1470 B.C.   • David, c. 1000–970 B.C.
people in these                                   • Nebuchadnezzar,                                             • The Maccabees, 168 B.C.
                                                     c. 605–562 B.C .              • Ramses II, c. 1279–
civilizations?                                                                      1213 B.C .
                                                                                   • Kashta, c. 750 B.C.

                                                  • Most people                    • Some people lived in       • Most people lived in
Where did                                            lived on farms                 large cities                 small villages or near
most of the                                          near walled
                                                                                   • Most people lived in
                                                                                                                 the city of Jerusalem
                                                                                    villages along the Nile
people live?                                      • The center
                                                     of the city
                                                     was the

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                             First                        Ancient                                                 Ancient
                         Civilizations                     Egypt                                                 Israelites
                          Chap ter 1                     Cha p te r 2                                            C h a p te r 3
What were
                 • Worshiped many              • Worshiped gods and                              • Worshiped one God
these people’s    different gods                goddesses
                                                                                                 • Used the Bible as a
beliefs?         • The gods                    • Believed in                                       record of their history
                  appointed                     life after
                  the rulers                    death

                                                                                                 • Early Israelites were led
What was their                                                                                     by prophets
government       • Early Mesopotamians
                  were ruled by priests
                                               • King was a ruler-priest
                                                and a god
                                                                                                 • Later, they
                                                                                                   were led
like?            • Later, kings ruled the      • Pharaoh owned all land                            by judges,
                  people; they believed         in Egypt                                           then kings
                  kings had divine approval

                 • Early: cuneiform: wedge-    • Hieroglyphics: images
What was their    shaped characters             that stood for ideas                             • Adapted Phoenician
language and     • Later: a Semitic language                                                       characters to form
                                                                                                   letters and words
writing like?

                 • Developed writing           • Built machines to move                          • Developed ideas of legal
What             • Created system of            water to crops                                     system
contributions     mathematics                  • Developed a calendar                            • Passed on ideas of
                                                                                                   justice, fairness, and
did they make?   • Studied systems of time     • Built large temples                               compassion in society
                  and created calendars         and pyramids
                                                                                                   and government
                 • Introduced iron weapons                                                       • Believed in one God

                 • Similar measurements        • Pyramids and other                              • Many religions today are
How do these      are still used in building    structures still amaze                             based on ideas similar
contributions     today                         people today                                       to those of the early
                 • Our system of time is
affect me? Can    based on seconds,
you add any?      minutes, and hours

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