16 episodes

Join Rabbi Avi Finegold and historian Dr. Stephen Backhouse for Hyphen, a series of Judeo-Christian dialogues that challenge, provoke and broaden the scope of biblical and theological discourse in every episode as they help each other understand the basis of their respective faiths.

Rabbi Avi Finegold received his ordination from Yeshivat Noam Hatorah in Montreal under the direction of Rabbi Joshua Shmidman. He studied at Concordia University and the University of Chicago and has been teaching Judaism in North America for over a decade. He is a founding Chair of Limmud Chicago and served on the LeMood Montreal team. Avi is currently the principal at the Jewish Living Lab, an adult education institute in Montreal, and co-hosts Bonjour Chai, Canadas preeminent Jewish current affairs podcast.

Dr. Stephen Backhouse (McGill, Oxford) is an historian of Christian thought, an expert on the work of Søren Kierkegaard and an authority on the political theology of nations and nationalism. He is the author of many books and publications, including Kierkegaard’s Critique of Christian Nationalism (OUP: 2011), the award-winning biography Kierkegaard: A Single Life (Zondervan: 2016) and the Essential Companion to Christian History (Zondervan: 2019). He has been Lecturer in Social and Political Theology at St Mellitus College and a Dean at the Westminster Theological Centre. Currently Stephen is the Director of Tent Theology, a venture linking theological consultants with organisations, charities and businesses. He is also the host of the popular Tent Theology podcast. Originally from Canada, Stephen now lives in England.

Hyphen The Jewish Living Lab

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8 • 6 Ratings

Join Rabbi Avi Finegold and historian Dr. Stephen Backhouse for Hyphen, a series of Judeo-Christian dialogues that challenge, provoke and broaden the scope of biblical and theological discourse in every episode as they help each other understand the basis of their respective faiths.

Rabbi Avi Finegold received his ordination from Yeshivat Noam Hatorah in Montreal under the direction of Rabbi Joshua Shmidman. He studied at Concordia University and the University of Chicago and has been teaching Judaism in North America for over a decade. He is a founding Chair of Limmud Chicago and served on the LeMood Montreal team. Avi is currently the principal at the Jewish Living Lab, an adult education institute in Montreal, and co-hosts Bonjour Chai, Canadas preeminent Jewish current affairs podcast.

Dr. Stephen Backhouse (McGill, Oxford) is an historian of Christian thought, an expert on the work of Søren Kierkegaard and an authority on the political theology of nations and nationalism. He is the author of many books and publications, including Kierkegaard’s Critique of Christian Nationalism (OUP: 2011), the award-winning biography Kierkegaard: A Single Life (Zondervan: 2016) and the Essential Companion to Christian History (Zondervan: 2019). He has been Lecturer in Social and Political Theology at St Mellitus College and a Dean at the Westminster Theological Centre. Currently Stephen is the Director of Tent Theology, a venture linking theological consultants with organisations, charities and businesses. He is also the host of the popular Tent Theology podcast. Originally from Canada, Stephen now lives in England.

    Jewish New Testament Scholarship (w/ Amy-Jill Levine & Marc Brettler)

    Jewish New Testament Scholarship (w/ Amy-Jill Levine & Marc Brettler)

    Avi and Stephen are joined by biblical scholars Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Brettler to talk about how Jews can benefit from reading the New Testament.

    Find out more about the guests:
    https://divinity.vanderbilt.edu/people/bio/amy-jill-levine
    https://scholars.duke.edu/person/marc.brettler

    For some of their recent work see
    https://www.harpercollins.com/products/the-misunderstood-jew-amy-jill-levine
    https://www.harpercollins.com/products/the-bible-with-and-without-jesus-amy-jill-levinemarc-zvi-brettler?variant=32117339717666

    • 53 min
    Passover and Easter

    Passover and Easter

    With Easter and Passover fast approaching Stephen and Avi discuss how they prepare for each holiday, the solemnity of Lent, the dark history of blood libels and how religions appropriate rituals from each other.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    A Conversion Conversation

    A Conversion Conversation

    What does it take to convert to Judaism or to Christianity? What are the rituals and what do you have to know? Dr. Backhouse and Rabbi Finegold are on the case as they explore how it all works. Plus: Avi has some questions about holy water and vampires much to Stephen's surprise and delight.

    • 1 hr
    Christian Denominations

    Christian Denominations

    Anglicans, Calvinists, Baptists and all the others: if you’ve ever wanted to know what are the differences then this episode is for you as Avi asks Stephen to help him unpack how all the different denominations work, where they all came from and what makes each one unique. Plus: the hosts spend an inordinate amount of time exploring the Evangelical movement!

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Jewish Denominations Today

    Jewish Denominations Today

    On a new episode hosts Rabbi Avi Finegold and Dr. Stephen Backhouse explore how early reform Judaism developed and how denominations relate to each other and live today.

    Plus: how baptisms work and a preview on an upcoming discussion exploring contemporary Christian denominations!

    • 1 hr 4 min
    The Jew in the Medieval World

    The Jew in the Medieval World

    Avi explains to Stephen how Jews went from the world of the talmud to spread through the world. The primary streams of Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews are discussed along with the development of legal literature and scholarship and an equally important but separate mystical tradition.

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

Josh Erb ,

Simply excellent!

What a fantastic idea for a podcast. It is also masterfully executed, while still leaving you feeling like a fly on the wall overhearing a discussion between (your smartest) friends. Enlightening!

Ande57 ,

Learning lots!

Love the concept and the interaction! I can hear the excitement in Steve’s voice, but wish he wouldn’t talk over Avi so much.

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