Tag Archives: Jewish Background

Episode 26 – Jewish Texts You Need to Know About

History of ChristianityChristianity emerged out of Judaism. We have already looked at the Jewish background of Christianity. While there are many ways for us to learn about Judaism, one important way is to look at Jewish texts. Certain texts of Jewish origin were very influential on either Judaism or Christianity. In this episode we look at Tanak, Septuagint, Apocrypha, Pseudepigrapha, Dead Sea Scrolls, Philo and Josephus. The Letter of Aristeas was mentioned in the context of both the Septuagint and the Pseudepigrapha. You can read it online here.

Recommended Book:

Episode 17 – Synoptic Gospels (Jewish Background)

History of ChristianityThis 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: