In addition to the LIVE online classes taken with Israel Study Center and taught by staff faculty, our students will encounter members of our distinguished guest faculty. This is a unique opportunity for live interaction with world-class scholars who are considered authorities in their respective fields. The Israel Study Center periodically organizes special online seminars with these professors to which all students are invited to participate. This kind of exposure to diverse scholarship is an unprecedented opportunity. Don’t allow it to pass you by. Enroll today!
University of California, Berkeley
Dr. Boyarin has written 12 books, ranging from rabbinic ideas about sexuality to the relationship between psychoanalysis and Judaism. He currently has several books in the works and under contract with various publishers. His academic interests are broad but lately he focuses on Judaism and early Christianity. He is writing books about the apostle Paul and the Jewish aspects of Jesus. He resides in the United States but also has an Israeli citizenship.
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Dr. Knohl is known for his theory that Jewish culture contained a myth about a messiah who rose from the dead in the days Jesus from Nazareth. Those theories are expounded in the book, The Messiah Before Jesus: The Suffering Servant of the Dead Sea Scrolls (University of California Press, 2000). In 2007, Knohl was noted for his research on the Gabriel’s Revelation, an ancient document which appears to give details on early messianic beliefs about a death and resurrection of a messianic leader after three days.
His academic interest includes Biblical Theology, Five Books of Moses and the Dead Sea Scrolls. He was born in Jerusalem where he still currently lives.
Dr. Mason is a leading scholar in the history and literature of the eastern Mediterranean under Roman rule, especially Roman Judaea, the Jewish historian Flavius Josephus, and Christian-Jewish-Roman relations. His research interests include ancient history, Judean history and literaturę of the Hellenistic and Roman periods, writings of Flavius Josephus, the material culture of southern Syria under Rome and origins of Christianity. He currently resides in Netherlands.
Messianic Jewish Theological Institute
Dr. Kinzer was one of the founding rabbis of the Messianic Jewish Rabbinical Council (MJRC), and as the first Chair of the MJRC Faith and Halakhic Standards Committee edited the original version of the MJRC Standards of Observance. Rabbi Kinzer lives with his wife, Roslyn, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he also serves as spiritual leader of Zera Avraham, a Messianic Jewish synagogue.
University of Kansas
Dr. Nanos is a member os the National Selection Committee for Society of Biblical Literature Regional Scholar Award, Co-Chair Co-chair for the Paul Within Judaism Section (2015-) a member os Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas (SNTS). He is a member of editorial board of the Journal for the Study of Paul and his Letters (JSPL), The Paul Page, Council for Jewish-Christian Relations of the Protestant Church in The Netherlands.
His main academic interest is (Re)interpretation of Paul’s letters. He currently resides in the USA.
Oral Roberts University
Dr. Young’s writings seek to illuminate the New Testament with the help of rabbinic sources. His contribution is in seeking to clarify the enigmas found in the parables of Jesus, by drawing on the parallels of similar traditions in the literature of nascent Judaism, especially in rabbinic literature. Brad Young is an active contributor to the interfaith dialogue by means of a collaborative Jewish-Christian inquiry in both groups’ shared heritage. This is evident from Young’s publications, Jewish and Christian endorsements of his publications, and his role as editor on the board of the Compendia Rerum Iudaicarum ad Novum Testamentum. He currently lives and works in the USA.
University of Oslo
Dr. Runesson’s studies have been focused on the New Testament, the Hebrew Bible and early Judaism (including rabbinics), with special attention to intra- and inter-religious relations. His research interests orbit areas of study traditionally divided into three disciplines: New Testament/Christian Origins, Jewish Studies, and Hebrew Bible.
Anders Runesson is currently working on several projects, including finalising a book on the Gospel of Matthew entitled Divine Wrath and Salvation in Matthew (with Fortress, scheduled for 2016). He is working on the book tracing theological developments from Jesus to Paul, basing the analysis on a new type of approach, which I have called institution-criticism. Also in the making is a book on Paul as a first-century Jew who never revoked his Jewish identity (co-authored with Mark Nanos, Rockhurst University).
Dr. Rudoplh has published numerous books and articles on the New Testament, Second Temple Judaism, and Jewish-Christian relations. He is currently working with Dr. Joel Willitts and Dr. Justin Hardin on a book entitled The Jewish New Testament: An Introduction to its Jewish Social & Conceptual Context (forthcoming by Eerdmans).
Rabbi Rudoplh, his wife Harumi and three daughters: Hana, Elisa and Miryam currently reside in the USA.