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Mobile Ed: Jesus and the World He Lived In Bundle (4 courses)
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Mobile Ed: Jesus and the World He Lived In Bundle (4 courses)

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Lexham Press 2014–2016

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This four-course bundle takes a closer look at the Jesus of the New Testament. In NT390 Jesus as Rabbi, you’ll explore the words of Christ through the context of his conversations with other Jews, and compare them to rabbinical teaching of the first century. In NT201 The Cultural World of the New Testament you’ll examine the environment of early Christians as they broke the rules of society for the sake of the gospel. In NT252 Parables of Jesus you’ll learn how to interpret the parables of Jesus, taking into account their images, themes, and applications for modern readers. And in NT313 Jesus and the Witness of the Outsiders you’ll focus on what extrabiblical sources say about Jesus, what they reveal about the life of Christ, and how Jesus was perceived by early non-Christian witnesses.

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NT390 Jesus as Rabbi: The Jewish Context of the Life of Jesus

  • Instructor: David Instone-Brewer
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Video Hours: 8

Explore the words of Jesus through the context of His conversations with other Jews. From the role of ancient rabbis and rabbinic literature to portrayals of Jesus in the Talmud, Dr. Instone-Brewer reveals how Jesus’ teachings were influenced by His Jewish life. We see Jesus attending the Jewish festivals, interacting with the Jewish leaders and laypeople and teaching them about the Father that He came from, was representing, and was going back to.


Unit 1: The Rabbis
  • Evidence for Jewish Life
  • Well Preserved Oral Law
  • Example: A Rule about Sabbath Years
  • Getting Back to the Original
  • Significance for the NT in These Traditions
  • Who Were the “Rabbis”?
  • Unification after AD 70
  • Fragmentation in NT Times
  • Were the Rabbis Influential in NT Times?
Unit 2: Rabbinic Literature
  • What Is Rabbinic Literature?
  • The Collections
  • The Contents
  • The Authors
  • Dating Traditions
  • Example: What You Can Carry on a Sabbath
  • Using Dated Traditions
Unit 3: Jesus in the Talmud
  • Printing and Censorship
  • The Printed Talmud
  • Censored Passages
  • Censored Arrest Warrant
  • Dating This Tradition
  • The Story of This Text
  • Digging into the Trial Traditions
  • Correcting the Historic Core
  • What Is the Origin of This Tradition?
Unit 4: Jesus’ Halakhic Teaching
  • Rabbinic Sayings of Jesus
  • Jesus’ Disappointing Disciples
  • Disciples Who Copy Their Master
  • Non-academic Disciples
  • Jesus’ Halakhic Teaching on Cleanliness
  • Public and Private Teaching
  • Parallels with Yohanan b. Zakkai
  • Jesus on Qorban
  • Jesus in Translation
  • Jesus’ Own Halakhah
Unit 5: Jesus’ Commandments
  • How Many Laws in Judaism?
  • The Fence around the Law
  • Jesus’ Two Commandments
  • The Yoke of the Kingdom
  • Jews in the Church
  • Laws That Jesus Kept
  • But I Tell You …
  • Not Breaking the Sabbath
  • Laws That Jesus Rejected
  • Fulfilling the Law
Unit 6: Jesus’ Aggadic Teaching
  • Jesus the Preacher
  • Sermon at Nazareth
  • Identifying the Links
  • Parables
  • Parable about Legalism
  • A Parable Jesus Heard
  • Moral or Spiritual Sayings
  • Examples from Mishnah Abot
Unit 7: Jesus’ Jewish Prayers
  • Jewish Prayer Life
  • The Oldest Amidah
  • The Text of the Amidah
  • How Was This Said?
  • NT Allusions to the Amidah
  • Curing the Heretics
  • The Shorter Abstract
  • The Lord’s Prayer
  • God as Father
  • Daily Bread
  • Demanding Forgiveness
  • Reality of Personal Evil
  • For Ever and Ever
Unit 8: Sin and Salvation
  • Is Sin Important?
  • Sin at the Start
  • John’s Baptism
  • Day of Atonement
  • The Unforgivable Sin
  • Being Brought to Repentance
  • Forgiving Others
  • Hell for the Unrepentant
  • Three Groups at Judgment
  • Hell Is for Eternity
  • Jesus’ Distinctive Teaching
  • Jesus’ “Two” Way
Unit 9: Jesus’ Miracles and Exorcisms
  • Jesus Miraculous Ministry
  • Miracles and Gullibility
  • Jewish Miracle Workers
  • Contrasts with Jesus’ Healings
  • Feeding Thousands
  • First-Century Jewish Etiquette
  • Tithing Bread
  • Exorcism in Judaism
  • Exorcisms of Jesus
  • Exorcisms by Others
  • Exorcisms after the NT
Unit 10: Jesus’ Festivals Visits
  • Festivals in First-Century Judaism
  • Jesus’ First Festival
  • Jesus at Tabernacles
  • Water and Light at Tabernacles
  • Palm Sunday
  • Did Jesus Keep Passover?
  • Two Passover Dates
  • Evidence without a Solution
  • Jesus’ Passover Meal

Dr. David Instone-Brewer graduated from South Wales Baptist College with the highest marks in that college’s history and later earned his PhD from Cambridge University, where he studied early rabbinic exegesis. Dr. Instone-Brewer ministered at the Llanishen Baptist Church in Cardiff for five years and is now research fellow and technical officer for Tyndale House, which is, arguably, among the three best libraries in the world for biblical studies.

Specializing in rabbinic studies, Dr. Instone-Brewer has been a regular contributor to Christianity magazine and has written several books, including Traditions of the Rabbis from the Era of the New Testament.

NT201 The Cultural World of the New Testament

  • Instructor: David A. deSilva
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Video Hours: 6

Join Dr. David deSilva as he describes important cultural concepts from the first century and shows how these concepts shed light on the New Testament. Learn why the author of 1 Peter spoke to the shame Christians were experiencing, and what cultural norms they had to fight against as they sought to follow Christ. Discover how grace and gratitude were viewed differently than they are today. Learn what purity meant for Jews, how patronage and reciprocity impacted everyday decisions, how families and households operated, and more. Dr. deSilva pulls from a variety of sources to explain these concepts and uses the books of Hebrews and 1 Peter to illustrate them.

This course will give you a better understanding of the environment early Christians were in as they broke the rules of society for the sake of the gospel.


  • Honor and Shame
  • Reading 1 Peter Attuned to Honor and Shame
  • Patronage and Reciprocity
  • Reading Hebrews Attuned to Patronage and Reciprocity
  • Family and Household
  • Reading 1 Peter Attuned to Family and Household
  • Purity and Pollution
  • Reading Hebrews Attuned to Purity and Pollution

Dr. David A. deSilva is the trustees’ distinguished professor of New Testament and Greek at Ashland Theological Seminary in Ohio, where he’s taught since 1995. He’s written over 20 books in the areas of New Testament and Second Temple Judaism and is a leading expert on the cultural world of the New Testament.

NT252 Parables of Jesus

  • Instructor: Daniel M. Doriani
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Video Hours: 6

The parables of Jesus are colorful, startling, and often confusing. In this course, Dr. Dan Doriani explains this unique narrative type and walks you through proper interpretation of the parables, examining their images, themes, and applications for modern readers.


  • Introduction
  • The Purpose of Parables
  • Why Jesus Taught in Parables
  • Parables Describing the Kingdom of God
  • Parables about Life in the Kingdom of God
  • Parables of Confrontation
  • Parables of Instruction about the Future
  • Parables of Discipleship
  • Conclusion

Dr. Daniel M. Doriani (STM, PhD) is vice president of strategic academic projects and professor of theology at Covenant Seminary. He is the author of several books, including Getting the Message: A Plan for Interpreting and Applying the Bible and commentaries on Matthew and 1 Peter in the Reformed Expository Commentaries series.

NT313 Jesus and the Witness of the Outsiders

  • Instructor: Craig A. Evans
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Video Hours: 1

In this course, Dr. Craig Evans explores various ancient sources that refer to Christ. He focuses on the evidence from extrabiblical sources, and looks at what they reveal about the life of Christ and how Jesus was perceived by early non-Christian witnesses. He examines references to Jesus in Roman, Jewish, and other writings, and looks at where Jesus’ name was invoked in both Christian and pagan charms and incantations.


Unit 1: The Witness of Roman Writers
  • Tacitus and Suetonius
  • Pliny the Younger
  • Celsus and Lucian
  • Using Clippings to Document Ancient Non-Christian Witnesses to Christ
  • Mara bar Serapion
  • Unit 1 Quiz
Unit 2: The Witness of Jewish Writers
  • Josephus’ Jewish Antiquities
  • Using Timelines in Logos to Find Events in Jesus’ Life
  • Translations of Josephus and Rabbinic Literature
  • The Qur’an and Other Writings
  • Building and Searching a Collection of Ancient Non-Christian Witnesses to Christ
  • Unit 2 Quiz
Unit 3: Invocations of the Name of Jesus
  • The Greek Magical Papyrus
  • Silver Phylactery from Beirut
  • Magic Bowls
  • Curse Tablets and Lamellae
  • The “Jesus Cup”
  • Unit 3 Quiz
  • Relevance of These Witnesses
  • Final Exam

Dr. Craig A. Evans received his PhD in New Testament from Claremont Graduate University and his DHabil from the Karoli Gaspar Reformed University in Budapest. He is the John Bisagno Distinguished Professor of Christian Origins at Houston Baptist University in Texas.

Evans taught at Trinity Western University in British Columbia for 21 years, where he directed the graduate program in biblical studies and founded the Dead Sea Scrolls Institute. He has recently served on the advisory board for the Gospel of Judas for National Geographic Society and has appeared frequently as an expert commentator on network television programs.

Evans has written and edited extensively on the historical Jesus and the Jewish background of the New Testament era. His published works include From Prophecy to Testament, Jesus and the Ossuaries, Jesus: The Final Days, and Dictionary of New Testament Background.

Product Details

  • Title: Jesus and the World He Lived in Bundle
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Product Type: Logos Mobile Education
  • Resource Type: Courseware, including transcripts, audio, and video resources
  • Courses: 4
  • Video Hours: 21

Getting the most out of Mobile Ed

Logos Mobile Education is a highly effective cross-platform learning environment that integrates world class teaching with the powerful study tools and theological libraries available in Logos Bible Software. Every course provides links to additional resources and suggested readings that supplement the lecture material at the end of every transcript segment.

All courses in this bundle come with an Activities resource that functions as a type of “workbook” for the courses. This resource includes learning activities such as: places for you to respond to reflection questions, exercises that will challenge and show you how deepen your understanding of this course by using specific Logos tools and resources, tutorial videos on different features of Logos Bible Software, and links to relevant Logos guides and tools. A link to open the Activities resource is conveniently placed at the end of every segment.