Oct. 23: Session 1 The Grynch that Stole Chanukah.
Oct. 30: Session 2 - The Priestly Perspective
Nov. 6: Session 3 Far-Seeing Pharisees
Nov. 13: Session 4 - Essenes, Theraputae and other Ascetics
Nov. 20: Session 5 - The Qumran Connection: Who Wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls?
Nov. 27: Session 6 Rainmakers, Healers and Holy Men: the Galilean Charismatic Tradition
Dec. 4: Session 7 Rabble-Rousers and Rebels
Dec. 11: Session 8 - Jesus the Jew
Dec. 18: Session 9 The Parting of the Ways
333/331 BCE Alexander the Great conquers Palestine
ca. 250 BCE "Septuagint" translation of Torah into Greek
ca. 230-146 Coming of Rome to the east Mediterranean
ca. 200 BCE-135 CE (?) Jewish Qumran community
168/167-63 BCE Maccabean revolt & Hasmonean rule
63 BCE Rome (Pompey) annexes Palestine
37-4 BCE Herod the Great (Jewish Roman ruler of Palestine)
1 CE Hillel & Shammai (Jewish sages)
6 CE Rome establishes direct rule of prefects in Judea
ca. 13 BCE-after 41 CE Philo Judaeus of Alexandria
before 4 BCE-ca. 30 CE Joshua/Jesus of Nazareth
ca. 40 Gamaliel I (Jewish leader-scholar)
36-64 Saul of Tarsus/Paul "the apostle"
ca. 37-100 Josephus (Jewish military leader, historian)
ca. 50-125 Christian Testament (NT) writings:
Early Christian period of development 30-311 CE
70-400/600 Rabbinic Jewish period
66-73 First Jewish revolt against Rome
70 Destruction of Jerusalem and the second Temple
73 Establishment of Jewish center for study at Yavneh
by Yohanan ben Zakkai.
ca. 90-100 Gamaliel II excludes sectarians (including
Christians) from synagogues.
120-135 Rabbi Akiba active in consolidating Rabbinic Judaism
132-135 Second Jewish Revolt against Rome: Bar Kokhba
rebellion. Jerusalem renamed, Jews forbidden
to dwell there.
ca. 200 Mishnah compiled/edited by Judah the Prince.