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1. Teaching the Historical Jesus: Issues and Exegesis
Edited by Zev Garber
New York & London: Routledge Press, 2015

Teaching the Historical Jesus in his Jewish context to students of varied religious backgrounds presents instructors with not only challenges, but also opportunities to sustain interfaith dialogue and foster mutual understanding and respect. This new collection explores these challenges and opportunities, gathering together experiential lessons drawn from teaching Jesus in a wide variety of settings—from the public, secular two- or four-year college, to the Jesuit university, to the Rabbinic school or seminary, to the orthodox, religious Israeli university.

A diverse group of Jewish and Christian scholars reflect on their own classroom experiences and explicates crucial issues for teaching Jesus in a way that encourages students at every level to enter into an encounter with the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament without paternalism, parochialism, or prejudice. This volume is a valuable resource for instructors and graduate students interested in an interfaith approach in the classroom, and provides practical case studies for scholars working on Jewish-Christian relations.

Section 1: Jesus in Undergraduate Education
1. Teaching Jewish Studies, Hebrew Scriptures and the Historical Jesus in the Context of Jewish Studies at a Two-Year Public College: Rationale, Objectives, Evaluation Zev Garber
2. Untangling Myths and Misconceptions: A Narrative of the Undergraduate Classroom Rochelle L. Millen
3. Jesus "in the Trenches": Pedagogical Challenges Posed by Teaching the Nazarene in the Context of Judaic Studies Ken Hanson
4. Teaching Jesus at the University of Alabama Steven Leonard Jacobs
5 Teaching about Jesus in a Catholic University Richard L. Libowitz
6. Teaching about Jesus and Early Christianity at US Rabbinic Schools Joel Gereboff
7. The Jewish Jesus: An Evaluation after Three Years Herbert W. Basser
8. Dialogue as Integral to Teaching about the Jewish Jesus James F. Moore and Joseph Edelheit
9. Between the Literary and the Historical Jesus: Teaching the Modern Jewish Writers’ Jesus Neta Stahl

Section 2: Some Issues in Teaching Jesus
10. Jesus the Jew: Who Says So? Norman Simms
11. Reflections on a Course: ‘Judaism and Early Christianity: The Parting of the Ways’—When? Where? Why? Leonard Greenspoon
12 Typical Christian Misunderstandings of Jesus and Judaism Eugene J. Fisher
13 Teaching Jesus in a Halakhic Jewish Setting in Israel: Kosher, Treif or Pareve? Joshua Schwartz
14. Jewish Artists and the Perception of the Crucifixion Nathan Harpaz
15. Jesus on Film: Cinema as a Tool in the Discovery of the Jewish Jesus Penny Wheeler
16. Gravitating to Luke's Historical Jesus: Help or Hindrance? Michael J. Cook

Section 3: Teaching Views on Jesus
17. Jesus, the Pharisees, and Mediterranean Manliness S. Scott Bartchy
18. Jesus as Sadducee and Pharisee: Teaching the Teacher in the Gospel of Mark Peter Zaas
19. Jesus as a Seditionist: The Intertwining of Politics and Religion in His Teaching and Deeds Fernando Bermejo-Rubio
20. Was Jesus a Pharisee? And Does it Matter? John Pawlikowski 

2. Paul Overland, Learning Biblical Hebrew Interactively (Sheffield Phoenix Press)

To view a sample module, please visit:  Click on either “Student Edition” or “Instructor Edition.” 

Learning Biblical Hebrew Interactively employs a Second Language Acquisition (SLA) approach to present traditional elements of grammar and translation for a first-year course in Biblical Hebrew.  It has been field-tested by multiple instructors in the USA and abroad. 
Distinct features include:
     -- Frequent classroom-ready interactive exercises
     -- Student edition and instructor edition (with SLA teaching tips introducing each exercise)
     -- Textbook website with instructor and student resources (including PowerPoint files and assessments, downloadable at no cost at
     -- A complete set of flipped-classroom videos (also no cost, at
     -- More than 225 guided Bible selections, with two extended readings
     -- Forty-plus articles on various aspects of Hebrew culture
     -- Over 230 illustrations and photos 
This textbook would not have been possible without the assistance of the following individuals and groups, to whom I express my gratitude:
     -- Professor Marc Brettler (invaluable cover-to-cover critique)
     -- Each member of the Cohelet Project* (insightful collaboration spanning several years)
     -- The Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion (funding of the Cohelet Project*)
Learning Biblical Hebrew Interactively is available from Sheffield Phoenix Press ( or through Amazon Books ( 
If you have any questions about this resource or wish more information, I will be happy to respond ( 
*“Cohelet Project” refers to the Communicative Hebrew Learning and Teaching Project.

3. Bill T. Arnold and Richard S. Hess, eds., Ancient Israel’s History: An Introduction to Issues and Sources (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker, 2014)

For information, please visit the Baker Academic website:

Preface: Bill T. Arnold and Richard S. Hess
Introduction: Foundations for a History of Israel 
Richard S. Hess
1. The Genesis Narratives 
Bill T. Arnold
2. The Exodus and Wilderness Narratives
James K. Hoffmeier
3. Covenant and Treaty in the Hebrew Bible and in the Ancient Near East
Samuel Greengus
4. Early Israel and Its Appearance in Canaan
Lawson G. Stone
5. The Judges and the Early Iron Age
Robert D. Miller II
6. The Story of Samuel, Saul, and David
Daniel Bodi
7. United Monarchy: Archaeology and Literary Sources
Steven M. Ortiz
8. The Biblical Prophets in Historiography
James K. Mead
9. Late Tenth- and Ninth-Century Issues: Ahab Underplayed? Jehoshaphat Overplayed?
Kyle Greenwood
10. Eighth-Century Issues: The World of Jeroboam II, the Fall of Samaria, and the Reign of Hezekiah
Sandra Richter
11. Judah in the Seventh Century: From the Aftermath of Sennacherib's Invasion to the Beginning of Jehoiakim's Rebellion
Brad E. Kelle
12. Sixth-Century Issues
Peter van der Veen
13. Fifth- and Fourth-Century Issues: Governorship and Priesthood in Jerusalem
André Lemaire
14. The Hellenistic Periodisit the Baker Academic link:

4. David W. Baker & Jason Riley,  Genesis 37-50: A Handbook on the Hebrew Text, Baylor University Press, 2014.

It is part of the Baylor Handbook on the Hebrew Bible series. 


5. Hélène M. Dallaire. The Syntax of Volitives in Biblical Hebrew and Amarna Canaanite Prose. LSAWS 9. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2014. 978-1575063072.

Abstract: During the past century, numerous books and articles have appeared on the verbal system of Semitic languages. Thanks to the discovery of Ugaritic texts, Akkadian tablets, Canaanite letters found at Tell el-Amarna in Egypt, Hebrew and Aramaic inscriptions, and the Dead Sea Scrolls, our understanding of the phonology, morphology, and syntax of the Semitic languages has increased substantially. 

Dallaire focuses primarily on prose texts in Biblical Hebrew and Amarna Canaanite in which the verbal system (morphemes, syntax) expresses nuances of wishes, desires, requests, and commands. According to her, volitional concepts are found in every language and are expressed through verbal morphemes, syntagmas, intonation, syntax, and other linguistic means. 

The Syntax of Volitives in Biblical Hebrew and Amarna Canaanite Prose attempts to answer the following questions: Do volitives function in a similar way in Biblical Hebrew and Amarna Canaanite? Where and why is there overlap in morphology and syntax between these two languages? What morphological and syntactical differences exist between the volitional expressions of the languages? In attempting to answer these questions, the author bears in mind the fact that, within each of these two languages, scribes from different areas used specific dialectal and scribal traditions (for example, northern versus southern, peripheral versus central). 

For more information, please visit:


6. C.L. Crouch. The Making of Israel: Cultural Diversity in the Southern Levant and the Formation of Ethnic Identity in Deuteronomy. Vetus Testamentum, Supplements 162. Leiden: Brill, 2014. 978-9-004-27467-9. 

Abstract: In The Making of Israel C.L. Crouch presents the southern Levant during the seventh century BCE as a major period for the formation of Israelite ethnic identity, challenging scholarship which dates biblical texts with identity concerns to the exilic and post-exilic periods as well as scholarship which limits pre-exilic identity concerns to Josianic nationalism. The argument analyses the archaeological material from the southern Levant during Iron Age II, then draws on anthropological research to argue for an ethnic response to the economic, political and cultural change of this period. The volume concludes with an investigation into identity issues in Deuteronomy, highlighting centralisation and exclusive Yahwism as part of the deuteronomic formulation of Israelite ethnic identity.

For more information see 

7. C.L. Crouch. Israel and the Assyrians: Deuteronomy, the Succession Treaty of Esarhaddon, and the Nature of Subversion. Ancient Near East Monographs 8. Atlanta, Ga.: SBL, 2014. 978-1-62837-026-3. 

Abstract: Israel and the Assyrians undermines the popular interpretation of Deuteronomy as an anti-imperial, subversive tract. The book draws on theories of adaptation and allusion to provide the theoretical foundation for a discussion of subversion and its detection and thereby tests the idea of subversive intent against the social context in which it would have functioned. It contains detailed textual analyses of Deuteronomy 13 and 28 in relation to the Succession Treaty of Esarhaddon and other ancient Near Eastern curse and treaty traditions. It also reflects on the historical circumstances of the seventh century BCE, with particular attention to questions of bilingualism of authors and audiences. The book’s argument challenges the preexilic dating of Deuteronomy and problematizes the Israelites’ wider relationship with the Assyrian Empire.

For more information see


8. John Scott Redd. Constituent Postponement in Biblical Hebrew Verse. Abhandlungen für die Kunde des Morgenlandes 90. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2014.

Abstract: What are the elements of Biblical Hebrew (BH) verse? Much headway has been made in terms of describing the features and devices that find expression in BH verse, but there is more to be said particularly about the distinction between verse and prose. Though BH verse is governed by a terse poetic line, it also exhibits “relaxed” syntactic structure, wherein certain syntactic constructions that would be unviable in prose are acceptable. One such construction is the occurrence of constituent postponement in the verbal clause, such as postverbal subject- and object-postponement as well as verb-postponement. This cross-disciplinary study evaluates statistical evidence from a broad sample of BH verse, investigates the instances of actual constituent postponement, and employs the work of the Russian Formalist critic Victor Shklovsky on defamiliarization to explain the function of constituent postponement in the sample texts.

For more information see the following link:


9. Feldman, Yael. Isaac and Ishmael? The Sibling Challenge to Israel's Oedipalized "Binging". Religion and Literature 45.2 (Summer 2013).