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.
Professor Pinchas Shir joins me to talk about his course The Jewish Church Part 1. This is a wildly popular course at IBC because it takes familiar stories and brings to life new ideas. This week we talk about how Jewish the original church was, why we know they were Jewish, and how we better understand the Book of Acts by reading it as a Jewish narrative. Plus, what is Peter doing by quoting the prophets?
Dr. Ashley Lyon is a new member of the Israel Bible Center faculty. Today we talk about her work on rare Hebrew word like "selah". This word is often associate with the Psalms, but many Bible translations leave the word untranslated because we do not know exactly what it meant in its original context. Selah may indicate a break in the song, like a musical notation to indicate a pause. Selah may be a word that has the weight of agreement, like saying Amen. This week Dr. Lyon talks about her work to uncover the word's meaning.
What Bible translation should we read? That is not an easy question to answer. There are so many styles of interpretation, be it word-for-word or sentence-by-sentence. Do we even know what approach our favorite translations use? This week we listen to Dr. Gruber and Dr. Schaser point out some tricky aspects of translating the Bible.
This is part 2 of the conversation between Rabbi Dr. Bejarano-Gutierrez and Dr. Gruber in the Round Table Talk titled Complex Jewish and Christian Identities. This week we listen to the complexities of a Christian identity forming at the same time Jewish identity is shifting during the Second Temple period. Rabbi Bejarano-Gutierrez also talks about nationality and religion as identity shapers.
Rabbi Dr. Bejarano-Gutierrez introduces us to the history of Crypto-Jewish studies in his Round Table Talk titled Complex Jewish and Christian Identities. In Part 1 of this conversation, we explore the past to understand the complexities around understanding Identity. What happens when people try so hard to protect their version of truth that they actually make issues of Identity more complicated? This is the necessary complex foundation from which we branch into Jewish and Christian conversation in Part 2.
What if the primary shape of the Bible came out of traumatic events? This is the theory Dr. David Carr poses in the Round Table Talk titled Trauma and Biblical Origin. After the year+ we have all lived through with the global pandemic, it might be good to think through the ways trauma shapes our lives. And if we follow Dr. Carr's proposal, we may gain new insight into the shape and heart of the Bible.
Dr. Yeshaya Gruber joins us again to talk about his course Exploring Jewish Interpretations. Last week we talked about the diversity in interpreters and how their social, historical, and geographical context influenced their interpretations. This week we talk about all the ways you can interpret the first phrase in the book of Genesis.
Dr. Yeshaya Gruber joins me to clarify some of the complexities behind the idea of "Jewish Interpretation," which is not a monolithic thing! We focus this week on the diverse historical periods interpreters lived in that shifted their perspectives and how they interpreted the Bible. How many of these scholars have you heard of?
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