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Dr. Miryam Brand on Bible, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the Ancient World

Understanding Sin and Evil Miryam Brand

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Dr. Miryam Brand on Bible, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the Ancient World

    Enoch: Book of the Watchers (Dead Sea Scrolls and Second Temple Literature Series)

    Enoch: Book of the Watchers (Dead Sea Scrolls and Second Temple Literature Series)

    Join our lively discussion on Enoch and the Book of the Watchers!

    What biblical texts lie behind the Book of the Watchers?

    What was the sin of the Watchers? (Hint: it's more complicated than you think.)

    How did Jews of the Second Temple period use this story to explain the Flood and the origin of all evil?

    What does the Book of the Watchers say about the origin of evil and the consequences of sin!

    Bonus question: What does all this have to do with Camille Pissaro?

    • 56 min
    Dead Sea Scrolls & 2nd Temple Literature #2: The Book of Jubilees

    Dead Sea Scrolls & 2nd Temple Literature #2: The Book of Jubilees

    Join us for a discussion of the Book of Jubilees, a prime example of “Rewritten Bible.”







    * Why would an author in antiquity want to believe in demons roaming with God’s permission?* How did writers in the Second Temple period attempt to “fix” the biblical text?* What biblical topics became a theological problem for Jews of this period?







    Listen and find out! You can download the source sheets here.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Minor Prophets #1: Introduction to Minor Prophets – Trei Asar

    Minor Prophets #1: Introduction to Minor Prophets – Trei Asar

    Welcome to yet another new series! This class in Hebrew Bible will alternate with the Second Temple literature series.







    This introductory class will give you a quick overview of what makes the Twelve Minor Prophets — also known as Trei Asar — special.







    * What is exceptional about the “span” of these prophets?* Why are they grouped together?* What are their unique ideas?* Why are they so central for biblical prophecy?







    As the class continues, we will learn each of these books in turn.







    Please note: the sound quality in this talk is not the best. It will improve in future lectures.







    Download the source sheets here:







    * Order of the Minor Prophets* Timeline of the Prophetic Books * Chazal on Trei Asar – Minor Prophets

    • 49 min
    Dead Sea Scrolls and Second Temple Literature #1: Introduction

    Dead Sea Scrolls and Second Temple Literature #1: Introduction

    Welcome to the beginning of a new lecture series: an overview of Jewish texts of the Second Temple period and the Dead Sea Scrolls. In this first, introductory class, we explore what makes these texts special and why we should learn them.







    Join us as we discuss the different collections of Jewish works from this period and touch on a wide range of important books, including Judith, Tobit, the books of the Maccabees, 1 Enoch, Jubilees and 4 Ezra.







    I hope that this talk whets your appetite for the series to come!







    Download the class handout here.

    • 53 min
    #31: The Concubine of Gibeah – Pilegesh BaGive’ah

    #31: The Concubine of Gibeah – Pilegesh BaGive’ah

    In this class, we discuss the ultimate example of collective punishment gone horribly, horribly wrong: the Concubine of Gibeah, known in Hebrew as Pilegesh BaGive’ah.







    This story closes the book of Judges (chapters 19-21), and for good reason. Join us as we discover its “Twilight Zone”-style reality and explore the downward spiral begun by legitimate outrage.







    We will look at the story’s inherent contradictions, its puzzling portrayal of its “protagonists,” contrasts with the Saul story, and more!

    • 1 hr 30 min
    #30: Collective and Intergenerational Punishment in the Bible – Review

    #30: Collective and Intergenerational Punishment in the Bible – Review

    We’re back! Join us as we engage in a high-level discussion on the different views of collective and intergenerational punishment in the Bible.







    * What does God and Abraham’s conversation on Sodom tell us about justice?* How is the problematic nature of collective punishment portrayed in the Hebrew Bible?* What problems does the concept of intergenerational punishment “solve” for its ancient audience?* How do Ezekiel and Jeremiah differ in their attitude to the idea that punishment lasts over generations?* What are the basic differences in the biblical attitude(s) toward collective and intergenerational punishment?







    I’m glad to be back with you! Please leave your questions or comments below.

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
41 Ratings

41 Ratings

Xavier Atrocity ,

The Future of Scholarly Discussions?

I first encounter Dr. Brand’s work during my Master’s Thesis on Jubilees. After reading part of Evil Within and Without, I was curious in more of her work and last place I expected to find doctorate level Second Temple Judaism information was on iTunes podcast. Extremely thankful for Dr. Brand breaking down key texts and themes in these lessons. I have a much better overall view from which to engage 2TJ more deeply. Given time, I think resources like this will become immensely popular in the scholarly world.

Spiker726 ,

Biased

No star for this Christian hater.

HerbB52 ,

Clear, Well Organized, and Informative

Learning a lot. Dr Brand presents the information with great clarity, has organized it well, and it is informative concerning the variety of view points concerning sin and evil.

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