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Mobile Ed: NT390 Jesus as Rabbi: The Jewish Context of the Life of Jesus (8 hour course)
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Mobile Ed: NT390 Jesus as Rabbi: The Jewish Context of the Life of Jesus (8 hour course)

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Lexham Press 2016

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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.

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion you should be able to:

  • Explain what Jesus was seeking to accomplish through His prayers, His miracles, and His teachings about salvation and sin
  • Hold an informed perspective on Jesus’ teaching for increased understanding and devotion

Course Outline

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

Product Details

  • Title: NT390 Jesus as Rabbi: The Jewish Context of the Life of Jesus
  • Instructor: Dr. David Instone-Brewer
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Product Type: Logos Mobile Education
  • Resource Type: Courseware, including transcripts, audio, and video resources
  • Courses: 1
  • Video Hours: 8

Dr. David Instone-Brewer

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.

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.

This course comes with an Activities resource that functions as a type of “workbook” for the course. 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.