4. Judaism in the First Century Introduction to New Testament (RLST 152) Of the four kingdoms that arose after Alexander's death, those of the Seleucids and the Ptolemies are most pertinent to an understanding of the New Testament. Especially important is the rule of Antiochus IV Epiphanes, who forced the issue of Hellenism in Jerusalem by profaning the temple. Jews were not alike in their reaction to Hellenization, but a revolt arose under the leadership of the Mattathias and his sons, who would rule in the Hasmonean Dynasty. After the spread of Roman rule, the Judea was under client kings and procurators until the Jewish War and the destruction of the temple in 70 CE. Revolt was only one Jewish response to foreign rule; another was apocalypticism, as we see in Daniel and also in the Jesus' teaching and the early Christian movement. Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: open.yale.edu This course was recorded in Spring 2009.
Abortion: The Kosher Slaughter 1/3 Jews are behind the disgusting, evil, and immoral Abortion industry in the United States. They started it, they fund it, and they are its most ardent leaders and defenders.
Abortion: The Kosher Slaughter 2/3 Jews are behind the disgusting, evil, and immoral Abortion industry in the United States. They started it, they fund it, and they are its most ardent leaders and defenders.
Abortion: The Kosher Slaughter 3/3 Jews are behind the disgusting, evil, and immoral Abortion industry in the United States. They started it, they fund it, and they are its most ardent leaders and defenders.
Defense of Christmas and the 10th Day of Nisan For the calendar converter In recent times liberals, atheists, anti christians, and Christians of anticatholic persuasion have sought to attack Christmas by asserting it is nothing more than a pagan holiday of a pagan deity's birth that the Catholic Church simply converted into Christ's birthday. Whether or not pagan deity was said to have been born December 25 is irrelevant, in fact most of the datings of the 25th seems to have existed after Christians first appeared. The dating of Christmas is not pagan or arbitrary. The early church father St Ephraim the Syrian, writing in the mid 4th century, states in his Rythm the 4th concerning Christ's conception: "Moses shut up a lamb in the month Nisan on the tenth day; a type this of the Son that came into the womb and shut Himself" The significance of this is that the 10th of Nisan can fall in either early April or late March. The 10th according to the torah in Exodus 12 was the day the passover lamb was to be selected. "This month shall be to you the beginning of months: it shall be the first in the months of the year.  Speak ye to the whole assembly of the children of Israel, and say to them: On the tenth day of this month let every man take a lamb by their families and houses." Now this year, 2010, the 10th of Nisan fell on the 25th of March, this is the feast of the Annunciation on the Church Calendar. The Feast of the Annunciation is the celebration of the Incarnation, when Christ was conceived in the ...