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Listen to the Land 2

This week I am in the hot seat as Dr. Yeshaya Gruber takes over the role of interviewer. We talk about my gospel-centric course Listening to the Land of the Bible Part 2, starting with two great questions. How do we "put Jesus in place"? How does the land tell us secrets?

The Priestly Gospel of John

Dr. Eli Lizorkin-Eyzenberg joins us at the podcast table once again to discuss his course The Jewish Gospel of John. Should the word “Jews” in the gospel of John be better translated “Judeans”? How and why are the Samaritans central to the gospel of John? And what's so priestly about John's writings?

Is John pro-Samaritan?

Dr. Eli Lizorkin-Eyzenberg is the Professor of Ancient Cultures at Israel Bible Center. He joins us this week to discuss unique aspects of his course titled The Jewish Gospel of John - a study initially motivated by the seemingly anti-Jewish message of the text. What he found was a deep connection between the Gospel of John and the book of Ezekiel. Do you have doubts? Listen in and see what you think.

Is Torah for Everyone?

This podcast introduces you to the wide range of resources available at Israel Bible Center including the Hot Topics Conferences. This week we take a small bite out of the complex debate, "Is Torah for Israel or for Everyone?" In this episode we hear Dr. Yeshaya Gruber establish some fundamental concepts given in the Hebrew Bible. Let's start with defining "Torah" and "Israel" and "Everyone."

Is Harmony Necessary?

This is our final installment of the Roundtable Talk with Dr. Amy-Jill Levine and Dr. Marc Zvi Brettler. On the table for discussion is the issue of harmonization of the biblical text. Why do Christians feel the need to harmonize and the Jews don't? Dr. Nicholas Schaser joins the conversation to talk about the role of "sola scriptura" in influencing the views of Protestant Christians.

Interpretation Matters

This week we listen to a portion of a Roundtable Talk with Dr. Marc Zvi Brettler and Dr. Amy-Jill Levine about their book Reading the Bible(s) With and Without Jesus. Language matters. The cultural associations with words matter. So with so much interpretation happening, which is more important, the biblical text or the interpretations of the text?

Jews and Christians: Reading the Text Differently

This week Dr. Nicholas Schaser joins me as we talk about Israel Bible Center's Roundtable Talk on "Reading the Bible(s) with and without Jesus". The Roundtable Talk first aired in October 2020 as a discussion between Dr. Yeshaya Gruber and Dr. Amy-Jill Levine and Dr. Marc Zvi Brettler about their newest book. This week we discuss why Jews and Christians read the text in different ways and why the Jews should re-claim the New Testament as Jewish text.

The Roman Context for the Jews

This week we highlight a short segment from one of IBC's Roundtable Talks from 2020 with Professor Paula Fredriksen. She and Dr. Eli Lizorkin-Eyzenberg talked about the First Century Roman-Jewish World. In this podcast episode, we hear Professor Fredriksen explain the role of sacrifices in the Roman world and how Jews were perceived by their Hellenistic neighbors. We conclude by untangling the cause of the argument between Paul and Peter in Antioch.

To be or not to be Jewish?

In the final part of the conversation about Professor Shir's course Jewish Apostle Paul, we talk about the context of the church in Galatia. There are many problems with isolating one theological statement in the epistle to the Galatians and asking it to stand on its own. Everything is embedded in context. This week Professor Shir explains the seemingly anti-Torah teachings of Paul. We also touch on what mother goddesses, mountains, and Israelite matriarchs have to do with one another.

Paul and Antagonism in Rome

Professor Shir joins us this week to examine Paul's theology, specifically what Paul thinks about the Gospel and the Torah in the Roman world. We examine two different epistles and talk about how understanding these seemingly contradictory letters depends completely on context.

Acts 15: Are Gentiles Allowed in the Church?

Professor Pinchas Shir contextualizes one of the most challenging issues of the early church. How do gentiles join the Jews in following Jesus? What role does the Apostle Paul play in this conversation? We also discuss what cultural risks gentiles took to follow Jesus.

A Life Transformed

Join Dr. Eli Lizorkin-Eyzenberg on a journey through his course The Story of Our Hebrew Fathers: Joseph's Story. How does Judah's character change after encountering Tamar? Why does Joseph persistently test his brothers? Do the names of Joseph's sons help us understand how God is moving in Joseph's life?

Is the Story Really About Joseph?

Join us as Dr. Eli Lizorkin-Eyzenberg introduces us to his course The Story of Our Hebrew Fathers: Joseph's Story. He starts by taking the focus away from Joseph as a prototype of Jesus and refocuses attention on the unique details of the story. We talk about what Tamar contributes to the narrative and whether or not these chapters of Genesis should be called the Story of Jacob's Kids.

Talmud, Midrash, Halacha....Oh My!

Are you ever confused by Rabbinic vocabulary? Well, no more! This week Professor Shir defines some terms for us and how they help us interpret the actions and conversations Jesus has with his contemporaries.

Jesus and the Rabbis

Professor Pinchas Shir joins us this week to introduce Jesus as a rabbi. What did he do to earn the title, and what are other Jewish texts that help us understand who the rabbis were?

Are there Female Disciples?

This is the conclusion of the conversation I had with Dr. Nicholas Schaser on his course Women and Gender in the Bible. We talk about how Eve is portrayed by Paul in the epistles, and we talk about the women who were disciples of Jesus. So why do we always say all of the disciples were male?

Gutsy Leader and Feisty Warrior

Dr. Nicholas Schaser joins us this week to discuss his IBC course called Women and Gender in the Bible. We continue to focus on women in the Hebrew Bible, so I asked about two of my favorites: Deborah and Jael.

Adam was Formed First Then Eve

Dr. Nicholas Schaser joins us to talk about his IBC course Women and Gender in the Bible. We have so many interesting things to talk about, but this week we will limit ourselves to the creation narratives. When we carefully study the Hebrew words, what can we learn about God's design for humanity?

Who is the Samaritan Woman?

Dr. Eli Lizorkin-Eyzenberg is the founder of the Israel Bible Center. This week we take a quick look at a character in his audio course The Jewish Gospel of John Part 1. When Jesus met a Samaritan woman at a well, they engaged in a theologically rich conversation. Listen now as we explore the political and theological context of this conversation and learn to see the Samaritan woman in a new light.

Why Doesn't Mary Touch Jesus?

Dr. Eli Lizorkin-Eyzenberg is the founder of the Israel Bible Center and the author of many courses. This week we discuss one of many gems found in his course, Jewish Insights Into Scripture Part 1. Why won't Jesus allow Mary to touch him after he rose from the dead when eight days later he invites Thomas to touch him? What is going on?

Let the Dead Bury Their Own Dead

Dr. Eli Lizorkin-Eyzenberg is the founder of the Israel Bible Center and the author of many courses. This week he joins us to discuss some troubling and confusing sayings in the gospels that can be better understood by knowing the Jewish context in which they were spoken.

The Staging Ground for Fighting Giants

In the final episode of the IBC course Listening to the Land of the Bible Part 1, Dr. Cyndi Parker discusses why geography explains the underlying political tension in the David and Goliath story. Our listeners also get to hear about her brand new book entitled Encountering Jesus in the Real World of the Gospels.

World Domination or World Influence?

Join us as Dr. Cyndi Parker continues to explain what the physical context of biblical events can teach us about God. Simply understanding the larger ancient Near Eastern landscape can tell us how God wanted his people to be world influencers instead of world dominators. Seeing the diverse and rugged ecosystems of the land can teach us how to rely on God. And maps! What do the design of maps tell us about our priorities?

Can Land Speak?

The tables are turned this week as Dr. Gruber interviews Dr. Cyndi Parker about her course Listening to the Land of the Bible. But why should we all care about geography? How does the land contribute to our theology?

The Final Week in Jerusalem

We conclude our series on Dr. Nicholas Schaser's course the Jewish Gospel of Matthew with a look at Jesus' final week in Jerusalem. We address everything from riding a donkey in the city of Jerusalem, to the complexity of the trial of Jesus before Pilate and the final words of the Gospel.

I Did Not Come to Abolish but to Fulfill

This week Dr. Schaser introduces the Gospel of Matthew's take on how Jesus is a "ransom." We also talk about the Sermon on the Mount and what Jesus meant when he said that he did not come to abolish but to fulfill the law - and does that conflict with his "you have heard it said...but I tell you" statements throughout the sermon?

What's Jewish about a Genealogy?

Dr. Nicholas Schaser joins us to talk about the Jewish Gospel of Matthew. This week we focus on who’s who in the genealogy in Matthew 1, the gospel's use of the prophetic writings in the birth narrative, and Matthew's view of the stupidity of Satan in the wilderness temptations.

Isolate from Culture or Fight It?

Are the Essenes the same people as the Jewish Qumran Sect? And who are the Zealots and why does Josephus dislike them so much? Pinchas Shir helps us better understand the diverse beliefs among the Jews during the Second Temple Period. Stay tuned till the end of the episode when we discuss where these groups are now!

"Wisdom Jousting" and the Pharisees

Pinchas Shir, the Associate Professor of Ancient Cultures at IBC, helps us unravel the complexities of Second Temple Judaism. This week we talk about his course "The Jewish Christ: First Century Diversity" and focus primarily on the Pharisees. But even this group was quite diverse and resists the monolithic terms we use to describe them.

Who's Who in the Gospels?

Pinchas Shir, who is the Associate Professor of Ancient Cultures at IBC, helps us unravel the complexities within Second Temple Judaism. Who are the Sadducees, Pharisees, Essenes, and Zealots? Why is there such diversity in Judaism? This week we talk about his course "The Jewish Christ: First Century Diversity" and focus primarily on the Sadducees.

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