02-Year Bet - Jewish Foundation of the Faith

The Loudest Silent Years in History (202)

The Loudest Silent Years in History

Rav Steve Bernstein, Instructor
Course Code: His-101

A. Course Description
Who were the Pharisees and where did they come from? The Sadducees? What about Oral Law? What was Judaism like in the time of Yeshua? The history of the Jewish People from the destruction of the 1st Temple to Yeshua contains the answers to these questions and more. Come learn with us!

B. Course Objectives

I. To gain an understanding of the history of the Jewish people between the 1st Destruction of the Temple and Yeshua including:
i. Establishment of Synagogue
ii. The Great Assembly
iii. The Greek influence
iv. The Pharisees, Sadducees, and Essenes
v. The Roman occupation
vi. The Zugot and Oral Law
II. To understand the effect of all these influences on the Jewish community in the 1st century and the context of Yeshua’s teaching.

C. Pre-Requisites

D. Grading Scale:

There will be an open book midterm essay and Final Essay with short oral final exam with R. Bernstein for all students. For credit, students will be required to write a term papers on an approved topic covered in the course.

Grading will be on the letter scale A-B-C-D-F.
  • Glossary
  • Introduction
  • Introduction Quiz
  • Pre-Destruction Judaism
  • The Destruction
  • The Men of the Great Assembly
  • Synagogue
  • Persia, Ester and Mordekhai
  • The Return
  • Quiz for the First Six Lessons
  • Ezra and the Restoration
  • Alexander and Shimon HaTzadik
  • Assimilation
  • Khanukkah
  • The Zugot
  • Quiz for Lessons 7-11
  • Mid-Point
  • Midterm Paper
  • Oral Law
  • Decline of the Khashmonain
  • Quiz for Lessons 11-13
  • Rome
  • Prushim Tzdokim
  • Yeshua, Prushim and Oral Law
  • Conclusion
  • Final and Evaluation
  • Your Final Exam
  • Final Paper
  • Oral Exam and Final Grade
  • Course Evaluation
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed
  • Leads to a certificate with a duration: Forever