Hebrew with Teacher Mike

March 25 2020

In this episode of the podcast, we spoke with the founder of the Hebrew language learning website and Youtube Channel Hebrew with Teacher Mike. We had a great conversation about his journey mastering Hebrew, the methods he’s adapted for his own students, and the importance of learning and using non-violent communication in Hebrew

Ossass – Children’s Stories In Colloquial Arabic

March 5 2020

In this episode of the podcast, we spoke with Reem Makhoul, the co-founder and creator of Ossass, a publisher of children’s books written in Arabic dialect. In our talk, we discussed what drew Reem to begin writing children’s books in Arabic dialect, the importance of publishing materials in dialect v. Modern Standard Arabic,  and the impact the stories have made around the world. I had a great time speaking with her and I hope you enjoy the show.

You can visit the Ossass website and purchase the books on its website.

Israelian Hebrew

February 20 2020

In this episode of the podcast, we spoke with Gary Rendsburg who is a professor of biblical studies, Hebrew language and ancient Judaism at Rutgers University. He holds the Blanche and Irving Laurie Chair in Jewish History.

Professor Rendsburg is an expert on the historical development of the Hebrew language and ancient Hebrew dialects, which was the focus of our discussion. We also discuss other influences on the Hebrew language in antiquity and how other Semitic languages, such as Arabic, can help us decipher ancient Hebrew.

You can purchase Professor Rendsburg's book 'Israelian Hebrew' on Amazon.

The Shabbetai Episode

January 24 2020

In this episode of the podcast, we spoke with Matt Goldish who’s a professor at Ohio State University and a specialist in Jewish and European History, Messianism, and the Spanish Jews after the expulsion from Spain. He holds the Samuel M. and Esther Melton Chair in Jewish History.

The topic of our discussion was his book The Sabbatean Prophets, which covers the 17th century messianic movement that centered around the colorful figure of Shabbetai Tzvi. We dove into the origins of the movement, how it managed to take the Jewish world by storm, and its aftermath.

You can purchase Professor Goldish’s book on Amazon.

The Central Timna Valley Project & Rethinking Iron Age Nomads

December 16 2019

In this episode of the podcast, I spoke with Erez Ben-Yosef who is an Associate Professor of Archaeology in the Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures at Tel Aviv University. He’s the director of the Central Timna Valley Project and the excavations that he has been leading in the Aravah Valley have raised the possibility that we need to rethink the social complexity and impact of Iron Age nomadic societies. You can learn more about the Central Timna Valley Project by visiting its website.

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