Our podcast with host Dr. Cyndi Parker invites Israel Bible Center scholars to engage in captivating discussions about the content of their courses and provides an opportunity to go deeper into the Bible.
Dr. Paul Wright is a friend and mentor who joins me again to discuss the significance of reading the Bible in its physical context. Last week we set the stage for the Luke version of the nativity scene, which we continue to talk about this week. If we picture Mary and Joseph isolated outside of the Bethlehem community, then we are telling the wrong story. How does the geography and culture impact our understanding of the night Jesus was born?
I invite a friend and mentor to join me and discuss the significance of reading the Bible in its physical context. In the second half of the episode we discuss Luke 2 and the geographical information contained in the narrative that helps us imagine the nativity scene in a more realistic way. In particular, what do we learn by reading that the shepherds were in the fields with their flocks at night?
Dr. Peter van 't Riet is a retired professor of educational psychology and now an independent Bible researcher who writes about the patterns he sees in the writing of Luke. His thesis is that contrary to the common assumption that Luke was the only non-Jewish author in the New Testament who wrote for Christian gentiles, the person Luke was Jewish. Listen in as he explains ideas he writes about in the book titled The Jewish character of the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles.
Dr. Nicholas Schaser created a new course at Israel Bible Center called "Resurrection in Jewish Texts and Traditions." This week we continue to talk about the Second Temple associations with resurrection, the ways Jesus' miracles fit the Jewish traditions of resurrection, and why it is important to understand Jesus' own resurrection in light of history.
That is right. we are tackling resurrection! Dr. Nicholas Schaser has a new course at Israel Bible Center called "Resurrection in Jewish Texts and Traditions." Resurrection is an unusual concept, and it is significant in the Christian faith, but are there older roots in the Hebrew Bible? This week Dr. Schaser talks about the development of the concept of resurrection through the Hebrew Bible and Second Temple literature
Dr. Mark Goodacre is a New Testament scholar who is amazing at getting people to investigate that which is thought to be "fact" by both the historic Christian community and academic community. This conversation starts with some easy questions like, "Was Jesus a carpenter?" and "Was Mary Magdalen a prostitute?" Then the topics dive into the technicalities of how the gospels were written and if there are mysterious "Q" texts and what (if anything) the Gospel of Thomas has to do with the gospels.
THE Dr. Jodi Magness participated in a Round Table Talk with Dr. Gruber titled Archaeology on Life in the First Century. Dr. Magness is the Distinguished Professor of Early Judaism at the University of North Carolina, and she is the president of the Archeological Institute of America. She has written several books and she leads the excavations at Huqoq - a site that was a Jewish village in Lower Galilee. She draws out differences between literary and archaeological disciplines and tells us how pottery is a significant element of how to date layers of time in the dig. We also hear how she happened upon some of the best, most elaborate and creative mosaics on a synagogue floor that have ever been found in Israel.
Pinchas Shir joins us to continue the exploration of his course The Jewish Church, Part 1 (Acts 1–5). We keep in mind the conversation in the previous episode about the initial believers being Jewish. Today we talk about Peter's use of the Psalms, the added cultural memory of the timing of Kind David's death, and the reasons behind why the early church sold property and gave all that they had to the larger community.
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