The Jewish Apostle Paul I: His World

Dr. Eliyahu Lizorkin-Eyzenberg, Professor of Ancient Cultures and Head of School

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This unique course sheds significant new light on the life and teaching of one of the greatest and most misunderstood Jews that ever lived – the Apostle Shaul Paulos (Saul Paul). This course courageously, yet responsibly, deals with one important matter that has not been settled: What is the relationship of Christ-followers among the nations to the Torah of Israel? In order to provide solid answers to this question, we must first deal with other basic questions.

For example, how can we explain a thoroughly pro-Jewish Paul as he appears in his letter to the Romans and in the book of Acts, while he seemingly displays anti-Jewish or anti-Torah attitudes in his letters to non-Jewish Christ-followers in the Roman provinces of Galatia and the city of Philippi. The standard questions that are being asked today, although frightening to many, are indeed relevant and demand responsible, theologically balanced, and historically accurate treatment.

About Author

Dr. Eliyahu Lizorkin-Eyzenberg

Professor of Ancient Cultures and Head of School

Dr. Eli Lizorkin-Eyzenberg, Professor of Ancient Cultures at Israel Bible Center, is an expert Israeli scholar in Biblical Studies and early Christianity, with copious Jewish and Christian religious and secular education. In addition to his expertise in ancient languages (Biblical Hebrew, Koine Greek, Syriac, and Old Church Slavonic), Dr. Lizorkin-Eyzenberg is fluent in the modern languages of English, Russian, and Hebrew.

Dr. Eli Lizorkin-Eyzenberg has a great passion for building bridges of trust, respect, and understanding between Christians and Jews to overcome centuries of difficult but fully entwined history. He strongly believes that the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament has much to teach to both communities of faith, which he works to promote while residing in Israel with his wife and children.

Dr. Lizorkin-Eyzenberg has earned the following academic credentials, in addition to continuing his research through extended study:

  • M.Div, Christian Theology: Reformed Theological Seminary (2000)
  • M. Phil, Biblical Interpretation (2008)
  • Ph.D., Ancient Cultures: Stellenbosch University (2011)

Extended doctoral and postdoctoral studies:

  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Leiden University
  • Princeton Theological Seminary
  • Hebrew University of Jerusalem
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  • 02. The gods That Ruled Rome 16:15
  • 03. The Jews Who Lived in Rome 12:55
  • 04. Jews in Pagan Sources (part 1) 10:13
  • 05. Jews in Pagan Sources (part 2) 09:37
  • 06. Paul and Artemis 26:49
  • 07. Shema in Antiquity 24:03
  • 08. What Makes a Convert? 23:19
  • 09. Women Can Speak 07:30
  • 10. Women Are Equals 03:34
  • 11. Importance of Women 07:36
  • 12. Interpretive Solutions 03:39
  • 13. Two Way Correspondence 10:18
  • 14. Male Only Audience 07:43
  • 15. Paul's Conversion in Acts (part 1) 06:35
  • 16. Paul's Conversion in Acts (part 2) 14:42
  • 17. Paul's Conversion in Galatians (part 1) 15:54
  • 18. Paul Continued as a Jew (part 1) 10:21
  • 19. Paul Continued as a Jew (part 2) 13:02
  • 20. Paul Continued as a Jew (part 3) 20:54

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  • Barry Shaw

    Posted 2 weeks ago
    I am not sure that THe Word of God is the Torah. What about Jesus? I felt it was a bit of a stretch. However, I will keep on considering this.
  • Susan Kelly

    Posted 2 weeks ago
    eye opening
  • Sybilla Kumar

    Posted 2 weeks ago
    A bit more simpler form
  • Jonathan Tan

    Posted 1 month ago
    Great insight into the Roman-Jewish belief and culture of that time
  • Dr Tichaona Banda

    Posted 1 month ago
    In order to convert, the conversion candidate must have a circumcision (if male) and immerse in the mikveh before a kosher beth din, comprising three Jewish males who are shomer Shabbat. There is also a requirement to accept the Jewish commandments (although not necessarily a commitment to keep them).

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