The Stories of the Jewish Christ: First Century Diversity

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

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Have you ever wondered what the world looked like in the time of Jesus? Did you ever say to yourself, "I wish I lived in the first century so that I could better understand what Jesus and his apostles were saying?" This course will challenge you to reconsider Judaism in the time of Jesus as a diverse collection of Jewish movements under one overarching Israelite umbrella. For example, the theological ideas of the Pharisees differed significantly from those of the Qumran community, who attempted to ensure the survival of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The Zealots sought independence from Rome through the use of force, while the Sadducees and Pharisees made alliances with the Romans to preserve the Temple as well as their own political and religious influence.

When the New Testament writings began to emerge, there was not a single "Judaism," but many. One cannot begin to grasp the meaning of the New Testament without being firmly grounded in an understanding of the Jewish setting that surrounded its composition. Enroll now and begin to slowly unearth the original meaning of the Gospels from beneath the rubble of history and tradition.

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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    • Jewish New Testament
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  • 02. Essenes and Qumranites 11:02
  • 03. Sadducees and Pharisees 20:44
  • 04. Militant Zealot Judaism 10:03
  • 05. Hellenistic Judaism and Samaritan Israelites 19:22
  • 06. The History of The Dead Sea Scrolls 17:20
  • 07. Insights From The Dead Sea Scrolls 14:38
  • 08. Reading From The Dead Sea Scrolls 34:08
  • 09. Samaritan Israelites vs Judean Israelites 32:52
  • 10. Wars, Tribes and Samaritans 24:25
  • 11. Jesus And The Samaritan Woman 28:53
  • 12. Divine Healings in Judaism 15:53
  • 13. Bethesda Pool Healing 18:08
  • 14. Asclepius - The Healer of Mankind 27:08
  • 15. Another Pool Healing 27:13

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