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The Reality of Disciples and Rabbis

The Reality of Disciples and Rabbis

I recently was asked about how disciples studied with rabbis. What age were disciples, and did they pay the rabbi a fee to study? How did they support themselves at the same time? Did the rabbis work at some craft to support themselves? (They were not like rabbis of today, which like pastors are to […]

The Gospels in First Century Judea - Conference Aug 29, 2013

The Gospels in First Century Judea – Conference Aug 29, 2013

Update: A few months ago I told you about the program on Ancient Judaism and Christian Origins at Nyack College in New York City.  I mentioned that they will be hosting an Inaugural Conference on August 29, 2013. The conference, entitled “The Gospels in First Century Judea” looks very good. Some outstanding Christian and Jewish […]

New Program on Ancient Judaism and Christian Origins

New Program on Ancient Judaism and Christian Origins

If you’re interested in academic study on the Jewish background of Christianity, I have some good news. A brand new program on Ancient Judaism and Christian Origins is beginning this fall at Nyack College in New York, New York. This is a two-year on-campus Masters (M.A.) program. The website says: The M.A. is a 36-credit […]

Can We Use Jewish Sources to Study Jesus?

Can We Use Jewish Sources to Study Jesus?

How much can we really learn about the Jewishness of Jesus from Jewish sources? That’s a pretty fundamental question, since the goal of this website is to understand the Jewish background of Christianity. I’ve found some pretty important news about it, and wanted to share it here. A common approach to studying Jesus is to […]

Jesus' Wife? Scholars Weigh In (Updated 10/3)

Jesus’ Wife? Scholars Weigh In (Updated 10/3)

(UPDATED 10/3/12 – See new links at bottom.)  If you’ve been reading the news lately, there’s no way you can miss the latest media craze about “Jesus’ Wife.” It’s based on the wording of a papyrus fragment that was found in Egypt that is thought to date to about 400 AD, if it is not […]

Hearing Jesus Through A Disciple's Ears

Hearing Jesus Through A Disciple’s Ears

What does it mean that Jesus lived as a Jewish rabbi who called and trained disciples? And how does learning about his teachings in their original context enable us to better live out our calling? Jesus’ first followers responded to his words with actions that astound us. They left home, family, and comfort behind to […]