A series on the history of Jews and Judaism in antiquity.
From Israelite to Jew: 22: After the Destruction: A Beginning or and End?
The Jerusalem Temple was destroyed in 70 CE, a moment that typically is said to mark in Jewish historiography the end of the "second temple period" and beginning of the "rabbinic period." But to what extent did things really change? In this episode, the last of this series, I also reflect more broadly on the series. The episode can be heard here, or on the player below. More download options are available here. It is also available on iTunes and iTunesU.
From Israelite to Jew: 21: Destruction
The Jewish revolt in Judea that began in 66 CE ended with the Roman destruction of the Jerusalem Temple in 70. Why, though, did the Jews in Judea and the Galilee revolt? And why did the Romans destroy the Temple? The episode can be heard here or on the player below. More download options can be found here. It can also be heard through iTunes and iTunesU.
From Israelite to Jew: 20: The First Century
This episode focuses on the years 6 CE - 66 CE, and the events leading up to the Jewish revolt. This episode includes discussions of Roman administration and the Sanhedrin. The episode can be heard here or on the player below. More download options are here. It can also be found on iTunes and iTunesU.
From Israelite to Jew: 19: Josephus
Without the works of the historian Josephus (36/37 CE - ca. 95) we would know little about the history of the Jews in antiquity. Yet Josephus, as a historian and a man, was a complex figure: was he a Jewish patriot or a Roman toady? The episode can be heard here or on the player below. More download options are here. The episode can also be heard on iTunes or iTunesU.
From Israelite to Jew: 18: Jesus and Other Strange Jews
In the first century CE the area around Jerusalem teemed with small Jewish religious groups, or sects. This episode focuses on three of the most well-known of these groups: Pharisees, Sadducees, and the early followers of Jesus. The episode is available here, or in the player below. Other download options are here. It is also available on iTunes (and now on iTunesU).
From Israelite to Jew: 17: The Dead Sea Scrolls
What are the Dead Sea scrolls? This episode discusses their discovery, contents, and meaning. The episode can be heard here or on the player below. More download options are here. The podcast can also be heard on iTunes.
Outstanding and of universal interest
Dr. Satlow has clearly devoted years of research into this topics and his podcasts are outstanding. I wish there were some updates or new podcasts based on his new published work.
This is a well researched podcast that presents material in an objective way, without resort to any particular ideology or belief system. Just pure, interesting history.
Excellent overview - interesting and humorous
I listened to several lecturers related to the same topic and found that Satlow's lecture series and Christine Hayes' Hebrew Bible are the best - balance and direct, informative and interesting.