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A series on the history of Jews and Judaism in antiquity.

From Israelite to Jew Brown University

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A series on the history of Jews and Judaism in antiquity.

    Episode 1 - Between Faith and Reason

    Episode 1 - Between Faith and Reason

    This episode introduces my podcast series, "From Israelite to Jew." In it I examine the relationship between religion and its academic study, suggesting that the two ways of understanding religion are not diametrically opposed.

    • 22 min
    Episode 2 - The Religion of Israel

    Episode 2 - The Religion of Israel

    This is the second episode of the podcast, "From Israelite to Jew." It focuses on the religion of ancient Israel, as reflected in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) and archaeological finds.

    • 30 min
    Episode 3 - Exile

    Episode 3 - Exile

    The third episode of the podcast, "From Israelite to Jew." This episode discusses the events leading up to the destruction of the First Temple in Jerusalem in 586 BCE, and the resulting exile.

    • 29 min
    Episode 4 - Return

    Episode 4 - Return

    The fourth episode of the podcast, "From Israelite to Jew." This episode traces the first two returns from Babylonia to Jerusalem, first under Sheshbazzar and then under the dual leadership of Zerubbabel and Joshua, and the building of the Second Temple (539 BCE - 516).

    • 31 min
    Episode 5 - Ezra

    Episode 5 - Ezra

    The fifth episode of the podcast, "From Israelite to Jew." This episode deals primarily with the career of Ezra, in 458 BCE. I discuss intermarriage in the Bible and the emergence of the Torah as a source of authority in Israel.

    • 29 min
    The Hedgehog, the Fox, and the Talmud

    The Hedgehog, the Fox, and the Talmud

    This is a meditation on the Talmud as read through Tolstoy, and how such a reading can generate a useful stance in the modern world.

    • 18 min

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