A collection of 67 posts
Being and Nothingness in Jewish Spirituality
Rachel Elior is a Professor of Jewish Philosophy and Jewish Mystical Thought at the Hebrew University. In this talk, she delves deep into some foundational topics of Kabbalistic thought and focuses on the belief in nothingness. Disclaimer: this video is an academic lecture, an hour and a half, and definitely
The Majestic Image of the Son of Man
The image of the Son of Man is not unique to the Bible. This portrayal of a heavenly messianic figure was not embraced by every Jew in antiquity, but some Jews clearly awaited this majestic figure to appear. The book of Revelation portrays the Son of Man with a sword
Sukkot Commandments and Customs
This is a shiur, a recording of short thematic live and interactive teaching (broken up into 3 segments, about 50 minutes long in total) that surveys the commandments and customs of the Festival of Tabernacles and looks at the text that possibly reflects on Sukkot during the First Temple era.
Problems in Understanding Apostle Paul
Apostle Paul has been misunderstood for centuries. Joseph Shulam (Netivyah Institute, Jerusalem) Mark Hamilton (Professor of Old Testament, Abilene Christian University) George Goldman (Associate Dean, Lipscomb University) David Rudolph (Director of Messianic Jewish Studies, The King’s University) Mark Lanier (Moderator). Listen to the dialogue of these very informed conversational
Would Christian Teachings Pave the Road to Holocaust?
It's Yom HaShoah today, an annual day of reembrace of the Holocaust. The question about certain Christian interpretations of the Bible and their role in the events of the Holocaust is a hard question that many people would rather ignore. And that is completely understandable. This video is a lecture
The Oldest Bible Manuscripts
The Bible is a truly unique collection of ancient texts. Unlike other books as we know them, the Bible text is not written by a single author, but many writers over centuries. Because of this unique dynamic the Bible is based on many individual ancient scrolls and manuscripts. This short
Talmudic Rabbis who Witnessed the Power of Yeshua's Gospel
The video below is a lecture given at Lanier Theological Library early in 2020 on a most intriguing topic, the interaction of Rabbis in the Talmud with early followers of the Nazarene. The lecturer, Joseph Shulam, grew up in Jerusalem, where he was introduced to the New Testament in high
Development of Christmas Customs by History Channel
Christmas is an important cultural holiday in the Western world. And while most Jews don't participate in it, it is a very meaningful celebration for the majority of Christians. Its foundation is the birth of Jesus in the New Testament. But did you know Christmas wasn't always celebrated on December
The History of Hanukkah by History Channel
How much do you know about Hanukkah? Though for many today presents are involved it's not a Jewish version of Christmas. History Channel explores the traditions of Hanukkah in this short video. Learn something new or see how much you really know about the Festival of lights.
How much do you know about the Samaritans? This video is a fascinating look into the life and history of the Samaritan community. Most people have heard the name "Samaritan" but know so little about these ancient people. It is a true miracle that some modern descendants of ancient Samaritans
Two Thousand Year Old Stone Vessel Factory found in Israel
A rare workshop for the production of chalkstone vessels, dated to the Roman period, is being excavated and studied at Reina in Lower Galilee. Excavations are unearthing a cave in which archaeologists have found thousands of chalkstone cores and other types of production waste, including fragments of stone mugs and
The One God who is Two
This is a lecture by Shaye J. D. Cohen who is a Professor of Hebrew Literature and Philosophy in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University. He is a well-known historian who also holds rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary. His lectures often probe deep
Food Laws - Jewish Perspective
This is a lecture by Shaye J. D. Cohen who is a Professor of Hebrew Literature and Philosophy in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University. He is a well-known historian who also holds rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary. If University lectures typically don't
Listen to Yemenite, Samaritan, and Modern Hebrew
Hebrew is an ancient language. And throughout thousands of years, different versions of Hebrew have emerged. Most people are familiar with the Modern Israeli Hebrew but rarely hear other forms. In this video, you can hear a Yemenite Jew showcase the differences in Hebrew pronunciation preserved in his community. And
No Judaism in Josephus
This is a lecture by Daniel Boyarin who taught at Hebrew University, Yale, Harvard, Yeshiva University, and now lectures at Berkley. Besides being a prolific writer Professor Boyarin constantly challenges conventional scholarship with ideas that seem provocative, but always well-researched. In this lecture, he proposes that Judaism is not an
Why Study Zohar and Kabbalah?
This is a lecture by Daniel Matt a scholar of Kabbalah and a Professor at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. He taught at Stanford University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Dr. Matt is a translator of the first nine volumes of the twelve-volume Zohar (Pritzker edition). In my