Courses in Development

Rabbinical Aramaic

Jacob Neusner observed, “Every Talmudic Tractate begins on page 2; there are no page 1s because there is no beginning.  Wherever you start your study, you will feel you have joined a conversation which began long before you came along.”

Since Biblical Aramaic contains only about 700 words, much more vocabulary is needed in order to engage the rabbinical texts, e.g. the Talmuds and Targumim.  This course will build rabbinical vocabulary and introduce rabbinical writings.

Tentative Textbooks:

  • Fiensy, David A. & Strange, James Riley.  Galilee in the Late 2nd Temple & Mishnaic Periods: Life, Culture, and Society.  Minneapolis, Minn.: Fortress Press, 2014.  ISBN: 978-1-4514-6674-4.
  • Gershaver, Joel Lurie.  Talmud with Training Wheels series (4 vols.; Los Angeles: Torah Aura, 2000-2007).
  • Jastrow, Marcus.  Dictionary of the Targumim, Talmud Babli and Yerushalmi, and the Midrashic Literature.  Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson, 2003 (orig. 1903).

Basic Talmudic Jargon:


Sha’ul in Context: Dehelenizing the Lifelong Pharisee

This course will examine various perspectives on the Apostle Sha’ul (Paul), including the Reformation perspective, the New Perspective on Paul, and the Messianic Perspective.  Sha’ul’s own words will be the primary tool for sorting through and evaluating these perspectives.

Additional textbooks under consideration:

  • Bailey, Kenneth E.  Paul through Mediterranean Eyes. Downers Grove, Ill.: IVP Academic, 2011.  ISBN: 978-0-8308-3934-6.
  • Given, Mark Douglas (Editor). Paul Unbound: Other Perspectives on the Apostle. Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson, 2010.
  • Gundry, Stanley N. & Bird, Michael F. (eds.). Four Views on the Apostle Paul. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan, 2012.  ISBN: 978-0-3103-2695-3.
  • Hegg, Tim.  The Letter Writer: Paul’s Background and Torah Perspective.  First Fruits of Zion, 2002.  ISBN: 978-1-8921-2416-6.
  • Nanos, Mark D. Paul within Judaism: Restoring the First-Century Context to the Apostle.  Minneapolis, Minn.: Fortress Press, 2015.  ISBN: 978-1-4514-7003-1.
  • Young, Brad H.  Paul the Jewish Theologian: A Pharisee among Christians, Jews, and Gentiles.  Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson, 1997.  ISBN: 978-1-5656-3248-6. 



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