Jodi Magness

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Jesus and Judaism
Episode 1 of Jesus and His Jewish Influences
Begin your fascinating historical adventure by developing a solid framework for your exploration of Jesus's Jewish influences. What was it like to be a Jew in the ancient world? What do we mean when we talk about Jewish temples? And…
Sacred Mountains and Law Giving in Judaism
Episode 2 of Jesus and His Jewish Influences
In ancient Judaism, there was little distinction between religion and politics. In this lecture, explore the importance of the law (the Torah) in the Jewish religion. Then, draw some intriguing connections between the giving of the law to Moses on…
The United and Divided Israelite Kingdoms
Episode 3 of Jesus and His Jewish Influences
In this in-depth look at the kingdoms of David and Solomon, follow the transformation of 12 Israelite tribes into a monarchy that eventually crumbled over tensions regarding how to properly worship the God of Israel. Along the way, probe controversies…
Jesus’s Teachings and Sayings in Context
Episode 24 of Jesus and His Jewish Influences
Close out this insightful course with a pointed consideration of how selected passages from the Gospels can be better understood within their Jewish context. The three passages you explore involve the concept of Hell, Jesus's cleansing of the Temple, and…
The Dead Sea Scrolls: Earliest Hebrew Bible
Episode 14 of Jesus and His Jewish Influences
Unpack the hidden meaning and significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls themselves--some of ancient history's most fascinating texts, which date back to the time of Jesus. Among the findings you'll explore here: early copies of the Hebrew Bible, fragments of…
Alexander the Great’s Impact on the Jews
Episode 7 of Jesus and His Jewish Influences
Alexander the Great's legendary visit to Jerusalem and Judea had a profound influence on the development of ancient Jewish traditions. Could the ancient warrior also have served as a model for the mythical Jesus? Professor Magness illuminates possible narrative parallels…
The Destruction of Solomon’s Temple
Episode 4 of Jesus and His Jewish Influences
How (and why) did the First Temple Period end? First, examine the reign of King Josiah, whose popular religious reforms reasserted the importance of Jerusalem's Temple. Then, investigate the Temple's traumatic destruction--and its relationship to Gospel accounts about the destruction…
The Hebrew Scriptures and the Septuagint
Episode 16 of Jesus and His Jewish Influences
First, examine the "Letter of Aristeas," which describes translating the Torah into Greek. Then, meet Philo of Alexandria, whose writings (preserved by Christians) are based on an allegorical method of interpreting the Bible. Finally, using a passage from Isaiah, discover…
The Jewish Diaspora and the Golden Rule
Episode 6 of Jesus and His Jewish Influences
What insights into the ancient Jewish diaspora communities can we glean from close readings of the Book of Tobit and the Book of Esther? What do these books say about holiness and the treatment of other people (the "golden rule"…
Rabbinic Judaism’s Traditions about Jesus
Episode 22 of Jesus and His Jewish Influences
What was Jewish life like after the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 A.D.? How did the religion survive this trauma? With insights from various historical sources, chart the rise of Rabbinic Judaism--the literature of Jewish sages who portray…
The Jewish and Samaritan Schism
Episode 5 of Jesus and His Jewish Influences
After the end of the Babylonian exile in 539 B.C., returning exiles began to reestablish themselves in Jerusalem under Ezra and Nehemiah. This return would lead to a dramatic schism between Jews and Samaritans--one which, as you'll learn, would influence…
Jesus’s Prophecy: Jerusalem’s Destruction
Episode 20 of Jesus and His Jewish Influences
The First Jewish Revolt against Rome culminated in the destruction of Jerusalem and the Second Temple. Explore how this cataclysmic event had profound aftershocks for subsequent Jewish history--as well as early traditions surrounding Jesus (for example, the "Parable of the…
Was Jesus a Pharisee?
Episode 12 of Jesus and His Jewish Influences
In this lecture, probe the rise of the Sadducees and Pharisees during the late Second Temple Period. You'll learn how the Pharisaic approach became dominant in Judaism, and you'll spend time investigating what the Gospels say about whether or not…
Jews and Greek Rule: The Heliodorus Affair
Episode 8 of Jesus and His Jewish Influences
Investigate the strange episode known as the Heliodorus Affair. This power struggle between Jerusalem's elite families during the time of the Ptolemies and Seleucids became a key turning point in the history of Jews in Judea. We also see echoes…
Anarchy in Judea
Episode 19 of Jesus and His Jewish Influences
In the first half of this lecture, examine the growing anarchy that led to the First Jewish Revolt against Rome--including the rise of others who, like Jesus, claimed to be the messiah. Then, follow the story (as related by Josephus)…
Pontius Pilate: A Roman Prefect
Episode 18 of Jesus and His Jewish Influences
Following the death of Herod the Great, there began a period of direct Roman administration of Judea under prefects, the most famous of whom was Pontius Pilate, who would later oversee the trial of Jesus. Learn the historical backstory of…
Jesus’s Apocalyptic Outlook
Episode 23 of Jesus and His Jewish Influences
Join Professor Magness as she shares some of her own research into Jesus, comparing and contrasting his apocalyptic beliefs with those of the Qumran sect associated with the Dead Sea Scrolls. As you'll discover, one cannot understand Jesus's exorcisms and…
Apocalyptic Works and the “Son of Man”
Episode 10 of Jesus and His Jewish Influences
From 1 and 2 Maccabees to the Books of Daniel and Enoch, get a close reading of apocalyptic literary works composed in the aftermath of the Maccabean Revolt. Afterwards, Professor Magness probes possible meanings of the term "son of man"…
Was Jesus an Essene?
Episode 15 of Jesus and His Jewish Influences
Most of what scholars know about the Essenes, and their apocalyptic outlook, comes from the ancient historians Josephus and Philo. After a deeper dive into who the Essenes were (and how Essene women lived), Professor Magness makes her case for…
Jesus’s Jewish Lineage
Episode 11 of Jesus and His Jewish Influences
Learn how the expansion of the Hasmonean Kingdom provides a sharp context for understanding the birth narratives of Jesus from the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. The authors of these Gospels went to great lengths to establish Jesus's descent from…