From Israelite to Jew
By Michael Satlow
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A series on the history of Jews and Judaism in antiquity.
|1||CleanWho is a Jew? No, Really.||The traditional legal definition of a Jew is well-known: the child of a Jewish mother or a convert. Sure, there is a little fuzziness around the edges as Orthodox Jews in Israel in particular debate what makes a kosher conversion, and whether conversion||2/23/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFrom Israelite to Jew: 6: The Torah||In this episode I discuss the historical formation of the Torah, or Pentateuch, and provide an introduction to the documentary hypothesis. I am now receiving technical support from Brown University, and the quality of the audio is improved. The episode||12/22/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFrom Israelite to Jew: 22: After the Destruction: A Beginning or and End?||The Jerusalem Temple was destroyed in 70 CE, a moment that typically is said to mark in Jewish historiography the end of the "second temple period" and beginning of the "rabbinic period." But to what extent did things really change? In this episode, the||1/21/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFrom Israelite to Jew: 20: The First Century||This episode focuses on the years 6 CE - 66 CE, and the events leading up to the Jewish revolt. This episode includes discussions of Roman administration and the Sanhedrin. The episode can be heard here or on the player below. More download options are||11/23/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFrom Israelite to Jew: 19: Josephus||Without the works of the historian Josephus (36/37 CE - ca. 95) we would know little about the history of the Jews in antiquity. Yet Josephus, as a historian and a man, was a complex figure: was he a Jewish patriot or a Roman toady? The episode can be h||11/3/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFrom Israelite to Jew: 18: Jesus and Other Strange Jews||In the first century CE the area around Jerusalem teemed with small Jewish religious groups, or sects. This episode focuses on three of the most well-known of these groups: Pharisees, Sadducees, and the early followers of Jesus. The episode is available||10/13/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFrom Israelite to Jew: 17: The Dead Sea Scrolls||What are the Dead Sea scrolls? This episode discusses their discovery, contents, and meaning. The episode can be heard here or on the player below. More download options are here. The podcast can also be heard on iTunes.||9/29/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFrom Israelite to Jew: 16: Philo||Philo Judaeus is the most well-known Jewish philosopher from antiquity. Living in Alexandria from ca. 20 BCE - 50 CE, Philo produced an astonishing corpus that has often been held up as a signal example of "Hellenistic Judaism." Who was Philo, and what||8/3/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFrom Israelite to Jew: 15: Herod the Great||Was Herod the Great a brilliant ruler or a savage brute? This episode traces Herod's rise to power and his reign, 40 - 4 BCE. The episode can be heard here, or on the player below. More download options are here. It can also be heard on iTunes.||7/21/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFrom Israelite to Jew: 14: Hellenistic Judaism||The religion of the Jews who lived in the Greek speaking areas of the Mediterranean is commonly called "Hellenistic Judaism". This episode explains why scholars use this term; why it is less useful than it might seem; and how it is that most of these Je||7/8/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFrom Israelite to Jew: 13: Origins of Jewish Sectarianism||On the origins of Jewish sectarianism in the second to first centuries, BCE, with a focus on Pharisees, Sadducees, Essenes, and (if different) the first inhabitants of Qumran, where the Dead Sea scrolls would be found. The episode can be heard here, or||6/26/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFrom Israelite to Jew: 12: The Hasmonean Kings||A discussion of Judah's consolidation of power around 162 BCE to the last of the Hasmonean kings, in 30 BCE. The episode can be heard here, or on the player below. More download options are here. The podcast is also available on iTunes.||6/17/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFrom Israelite to Jew: 11: The Revolt of the Maccabees||Why did the Maccabees revolt around 165 BCE? This episode explores both the revolt of the Maccabees and the origins of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. The episode can be heard here or on the player below; more download options are available here. The po||5/27/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFrom Israelite to Jew: 10: Jubilees and 1 Enoch||A discussion of two books dating from the third or second centuries, BCE, Jubilees and 1 Enoch. Both books, part of a collection traditionally known as "the Pseudepigrapha," testify to a Jewish understanding of continuing direct divine revelation in the||5/11/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFrom Israelite to Jew: 9: Hellenism Arrives||A discussion of Alexander's conquest of west Asia and its aftermath (323 - 200 BCE). What is "Hellenism," and how did the Jews react to it? Particular attention is paid to the Septuagint, Ecclesiastes, and Ecclesiasticus. The podcast can be heard here;||4/12/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFrom Israelite to Jew: 8: Jews of the Persian Empire||This episode discusses two Jewish communities outside of Jerusalem, that represented by the biblical book of Esther, and that of Elephantine, Egypt. It takes place in the fifth to fourth centuries, BCE. The podcast can be heard here; more downloading op||4/1/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFrom Israelite to Jew: 7: Nehemiah||The seventh episode of the podcast, "From Israelite to Jew." This episode deals primarily with the career and reforms of Nehemiah, which lasted from 445 BCE to around 432 BCE. The podcast can be heard here; more downloading options are here. You can als||3/12/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Hedgehog, the Fox, and the Talmud||This is not an installment of "From Israelite to Jew," but is instead a reading of an essay recently published on Zeek, an online journal. The written version is here. This is a meditation on the Talmud as read through Tolstoy, and how such a reading ca||2/12/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFrom Israelite to Jew: 5: Ezra||The fifth episode of the podcast, "From Israelite to Jew." This episode deals primarily with the career of Ezra, in 458 BCE. I discuss intermarriage in the Bible and the emergence of the Torah as a source of authority in Israel. The podcast can be heard||2/3/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFrom Israelite to Jew: 4: Return||The fourth episode of the podcast, "From Israelite to Jew." This episode traces the first two returns from Babylonia to Jerusalem, first under Sheshbazzar and then under the dual leadership of Zerubbabel and Joshua, and the building of the Second Temple||1/26/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFrom Israelite to Jew: 2: Religion of Israel||This is the second episode of the podcast, "From Israelite to Jew." It focuses on the religion of ancient Israel, as reflected in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) and archaeological finds. The podcast can be heard here, or click on the player below. It||1/25/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFrom Israelite to Jew: 3: Exile||The third episode of the podcast, "From Israelite to Jew." This episode discusses the events leading up to the destruction of the First Temple in Jerusalem in 586 BCE, and the resulting exile. The podcast can be heard here, or click on the player below.||1/16/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFrom Israelite to Jew: 1: Between Faith and Reason||This episode introduces my podcast series, "From Israelite to Jew." In it I examine the relationship between religion and its academic study, suggesting that the two ways of understanding religion are not diametrically opposed. The first episode can be||12/30/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
Highly recommended source for Late Biblical/Early Rabbinic Jewish History
Dr. Satlow's descriptions of Israelite history are descriptive, captivating, and have an underlying dry humor.
I find this podcast very interesting and captivating.
Informative and Entertaining
I found this podcast to be an excellent source of information on the various events and characters that constitute and populate the 2nd Temple Period of jewish history. The material is engaging and thought provoking. After finishing the series I feel as if I have just completed a college course given by an excellent, knowledgeable and personable instructor. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the various influences on both the Old and New Testaments, as well as those who are curious about the role religion played in the ancient world and how religions develop within social environments in general. Mr. Satlow does a superb job.