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Jewish Time

I have always been interested in how real people lived their lives; how they negotiated the quotidian demands and stresses that accompany all human societies. I like intellectual history, but one of the real joys of my job is seeing how ideas work in the world. In looking at the lives of others, of those...

Please Consider a Contribution

I hope that you have enjoyed this podcast series. As I explain in the last podcast episode, I did not set out to create this series in order to make money. I have enjoyed what I have learned throughout the process of making the series as well as hearing from and communicating with some of...

From Israelite to Jew: 22: After the Destruction: A Beginning or and End?

The Jerusalem Temple was destroyed in 70 CE, a moment that typically is said to mark in Jewish historiography the end of the “second temple period” and beginning of the “rabbinic period.” But to what extent did things really change? In this episode, the last of this series, I also reflect more broadly on the...

From Israelite to Jew: 21: Destruction

The Jewish revolt in Judea that began in 66 CE ended with the Roman destruction of the Jerusalem Temple in 70. Why, though, did the Jews in Judea and the Galilee revolt? And why did the Romans destroy the Temple? The episode can be heard here or on the player below. More download options can...

From Israelite to Jew: 20: The First Century

This episode focuses on the years 6 CE – 66 CE, and the events leading up to the Jewish revolt. This episode includes discussions of Roman administration and the Sanhedrin. The episode can be heard here or on the player below. More download options are here. It can also be found on iTunes and iTunesU....

From Israelite to Jew: 19: Josephus

Without the works of the historian Josephus (36/37 CE – ca. 95) we would know little about the history of the Jews in antiquity. Yet Josephus, as a historian and a man, was a complex figure: was he a Jewish patriot or a Roman toady? The episode can be heard here or on the player...

From Israelite to Jew: 18: Jesus and Other Strange Jews

In the first century CE the area around Jerusalem teemed with small Jewish religious groups, or sects. This episode focuses on three of the most well-known of these groups: Pharisees, Sadducees, and the early followers of Jesus. The episode is available here, or in the player below. Other download options are here. It is also...

From Israelite to Jew: 17: The Dead Sea Scrolls

What are the Dead Sea scrolls? This episode discusses their discovery, contents, and meaning. The episode can be heard here or on the player below. More download options are here. The podcast can also be heard on iTunes.

Vacation!

It is time for a break. Episodes will be forthcoming on topics such as the Dead Sea Scrolls; the development of Pharisees, Sadducees, and Essenes;the early followers of Jesus; the worsening political conditions in Judea; and the destruction of the Temple in 70 CE and its aftermath. But these will have to wait. I hope...

From Israelite to Jew: 16: Philo

Philo Judaeus is the most well-known Jewish philosopher from antiquity. Living in Alexandria from ca. 20 BCE – 50 CE, Philo produced an astonishing corpus that has often been held up as a signal example of “Hellenistic Judaism.” Who was Philo, and what was he up to? The episode can be heard here, or on...

From Israelite to Jew: 15: Herod the Great

Was Herod the Great a brilliant ruler or a savage brute? This episode traces Herod’s rise to power and his reign, 40 – 4 BCE. The episode can be heard here, or on the player below. More download options are here. It can also be heard on iTunes.

From Israelite to Jew: 14: Hellenistic Judaism

The religion of the Jews who lived in the Greek speaking areas of the Mediterranean is commonly called “Hellenistic Judaism”. This episode explains why scholars use this term; why it is less useful than it might seem; and how it is that most of these Jews would have worshiped the God of Israel. The episode...