This episode is the first part of a series of lectures I gave for a course on Jesus in the Synoptic Gospels for Tyndale University College.
This first lecture deals with the Jewish background to the Synoptic Gospels. While some of this material was given in our episode on Second Temple Judaism, it is worth repeating. There is also some new material in this lecture. If you are interested, you can find the slides for this lecture here.
I would also recommend this book, which is the text that I used for this course: