Come study at the feet of Jesus with Jerusalem Perspective (JP). Together we’ll explore the historical, cultural, religious and linguistic contexts of the life and teachings of Jesus to better understand Jesus’ message and his place in first-century Jewish society.

JP’s Most Recent Content:

  • Fig Tree Parable
    The Fig Tree parable offers assurance that despite the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple, Israel will eventually be redeemed.
  • Stephen’s Speech (Acts 7:1-53) and Early Jewish Scriptural Interpretation
    Discover connections between Stephen’s Speech and ancient Jewish literature.
  • Son of Man’s Coming
    Son of Man’s Coming describes the cessation of the times of the Gentiles and the ultimate vindication of Israel in terms of the apocalyptic image of “one like a son of man.”
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  • Yerushalayim Besieged
    In Yerushalayim Besieged Jesus describes and laments the consequences that will befall Israel as a result of its rejection of the Kingdom of Heaven and its ways of peace.
  • A Synoptic Approach to ‘Lord of the Sabbath’
    Listen to Lindsey discuss his approach to the ‘Lord of the Sabbath’ pericope.
  • Tumultuous Times
    Premonitions that the Temple’s destruction is at hand.
  • Temple’s Destruction Foretold
    Overhearing an innocent expression of appreciation for the beauty of the stones from which the Temple was constructed, Jesus uttered the prediction that the time was shortly to come when not one of those stones would remain in its place.
  • Like Children Complaining
    Were Jesus and John the Baptist like children who played a dance and a dirge? Or was Jesus’ generation one that complained like whining children about the prophets who came to warn it?
  • The Historical Jesus, a Tanna? Charity and Deeds of Loving-Kindness in the Gospels and Early Rabbinic Thought
    When nearly precise rabbinic parallels to stories and sayings in the Gospels exist, it may indicate that the Gospels are preserving traditions of the early Jesus movement and, perhaps, the historical Jesus.

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In addition to exploring Jesus’ ancient contexts, JP promotes a new approach to the Synoptic Gospels. This approach, pioneered by Jewish and Christian scholars in Jerusalem, uses Hebrew as a tool for recovering the earliest forms of Jesus’ sayings.

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Galilean villagers listen to Jesus’ teaching from a boat. Illustration: Helen Twena.

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Reconstructing the conjectured Greek and Hebrew sources behind the Synoptic Gospels.

Get to know important personalities in the Gospels, the Second Temple Period, and New Testament Studies.

David Bivin Asks: How Observant Was Jesus?

Hebrew for Beginners with David Bivin.

Discovering Similarities Between Jesus and the Rabbinic Sages with David Bivin.

Studying the Jewish Roots of the Lord’s Prayer with Brad Young.