The Stories of the Jewish Christ III: Among the Rabbis

Pinchas Shir, Associate Professor of Ancient Cultures

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In this course, Professor Pinchas Shir will take his students on a fascinating and insightful journey through the development of Rabbinic Judaism. This course will introduce you to the main ideas within Rabbinic Judaism and acquaint you with the power brokers who shaped this movement.

Even though much of Rabbinic Judaism comes much after the time of Jesus, some traditions clearly trace back to the first century and beyond. This course will help you make sense of many difficult-to-understand teachings in the gospels – teachings that were originally set against the background of proto-rabbinic debates and teachings. Enroll now and get equipped to interpret the ancient Scriptures of Israel creatively and responsibly.

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Pinchas Shir

Associate Professor of Ancient Cultures

Pinchas Shir, Israel Bible Center’s Associate Professor of Ancient Cultures, is nearing the completion of his Ph.D. studies in the Department of Religion at Groningen University in the Netherlands. His academic interests focus on ancient dining culture, culinary contexts of the Second Temple period, and particularly on the table interactions between Jews and Gentiles in antiquity. In addition, Pinchas is keenly interested in the archaeology of Ancient Israel and the Mediterranean.

Currently residing in North America, Assoc. Professor Shir lectures internationally and maintains a strong online presence where all can hear his teachings.

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  • 02. Rabbinic Terminology 17:14
  • 03. Mishna and the Talmud 19:17
  • 04. Midrash and Targum 20:11
  • 05. From Temple to Scriptures 16:17
  • 06. From Sages to Rabbis 14:28
  • 07. Two Key Rabbinic Concepts 26:57
  • 08. Fences on the Mount 27:16
  • 09. Rabbis and the Gospels: Shared Ideas 28:40
  • 10. Rabbis and the Gospels: Shared Methods 13:27
  • 11. Zugot in Sanhedrin 11:15
  • 12. Hillel and Shammai 31:38
  • 13. 1st Century Debates on Divorce 29:17

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    I do not know what you can improve on this presentation. I am finding it very interesting. Thank you. I wish I could ask questions but I am a bit slow, I see the question I asked will be shortly answered.
  • Theresa Davidson

    Posted 2 months ago
    Very enlightening
  • Tom Stewart

    Posted 2 months ago
    Very Good
  • Lionel Frederick Whatley

    Posted 3 months ago
    Brilliant, thank you so uch Prof Shir. Leaning so much from this course. Lionel

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