New MA Program on Ancient Judaism and Christian Origins

The Fall of 2013 will be the first semester of Nyack College’s intrepid new MA program in Ancient Judaism and Christian Judaism. See there bios just below. Come to Nyack Manhattan Campus’ Open House on Sat., October 6th 2012 where you will have a chance to speak with the director, Dr. R. Steven Notley and Dr. David Emanuel (For more info contact Dir. Notley []).

As described by the college:

THE M.A. is a 36-credit [48 with 12 credits of Modern Hebrew] multidisciplinary curriculum that introduces the student to the fields of knowledge necessary for advanced research in the New Testament and Christian Origins. The program is unique in that it engages aspects of the language, history, religious thought and material culture for both Judaism and Christianity in late antiquity. Students in the program will study with both Christian and Jewish scholars in their areas of expertise.

At the center of the Christian faith is the belief that God has acted in history. For this reason the elements of language, culture, history, and physical setting, which frame the Gospel’s sacred narrative, are important for a more profound understanding of what has been accomplished on our behalf. Students in Nyack College’s Ancient Judaism and Christian Origins MA program are challenged in heart and mind to engage the world of the Bible, and so to hear more clearly the message of Scripture. No other academic program affords students such a rich opportunity to study Jesus and the world in which he lived.

Here are the bios of both professors involved with the program:

Program Director R. Steven Notley lived in Jerusalem for sixteen years and received his Ph.D. in Comparative Religions from the Hebrew University, where he studied under the late Professor David Flusser. He is a recognized leader in his field and continues to publish collaboratively with Israeli scholars. Among his list of publications, he coauthored with Flusser the historical biography, The Sage from Galilee: Rediscovering Jesus’ Genius (Eerdmans 2007); with Ze’ev Safrai (Bar Ilan University) Eusebius, Onomasticon: A Triglott Edition with Notes and Commentary (Brill 2005); and with Anson Rainey (Tel Aviv University) the monumental biblical atlas The Sacred Bridge: Carta’s Atlas of the Biblical World (Carta 2005). Recently he completedhis second work with Safrai, a pioneering collectionand annotated translation of the earliest rabbinic parables that provide the literary and religious contextfor the parables of Jesus, Parables of the Sages (Carta 2011).

David Emanuel is Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible at Nyack College. He is a British national who received his M.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of London in 1997. He lived for eleven years in Jerusalem where he studied at the Hebrew University, receiving his M.A. (Bible and Ancient Near East) and then studied under the direction of Professor Yair Zakovich for his Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible with an emphasis in inner-biblical interpretation and allusion in the Psalter. In Jerusalem he worked at the Orion Center for the Study of the Dead Sea Scrolls and assisted in editing the Encyclopaedia Aethiopica, which is devoted to providing detailed information on all aspects of Ethiopian society: history, languages, religions, food, wildlife, politics etc. His most recent publication is From Bards to Biblical Exegetes (Wipf and Stock 2012).


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