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Jacobus

Jacobus Johannesburg, South Africa Member Since 2009

When I drive, I read... uhm listen. I like SciFi, Fantasy, some Detective and Espionage novels and Religion. Now and then I will also listen to something else.

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    Prof. Lawrence H Schiffman gives an excellent well-balanced and honest overview of the famous Dead Sea Scrolls, the situation surrounding its discovery and its meaning to Western Civilisation in general and to Judaism and Christianity in particular in 14 lectures. Be sure to download the PDF file with the course guide to gain the most from this presentation. The course could probably have been called "Qumran 101."

    Except for his enthusiasm and ear catching presentation, Schiffman came over very knowledgeable and was able to convince me why he is one of the leading scholars on the Qumran community and its library as well as Second Temple Judaism. During the course he is not scared to share and even advocate his own views on certain important issues, i.e. the Sadducee origin of the Qumran community. He was also able to argue his views clearly (although, I don't buy the Sadducee origin of the Qumran sect).

    Schiffman always balances his own hypotheses with the majority stance of scholars, thus informing the listener what we can say responsibly about the Scrolls and the mystique surrounding it. He also debunks some of the more outrageous speculation surrounding the Dead Sea Scrolls very effectively.

    What I liked a lot about this course is that the relevant material (the scrolls' contents, Josephus, Philo, archaeological artefacts etc.) are the basis from which Schiffman presents his arguments. He engages the scrolls and other material to let it speak as far as possible for itself. I didn't get the idea that his Jewishness clouded his critical academical scholarship. He doesn't force a Jewish agenda. He presents sensitive information not only as objective as possible but also with the necessary empathy and clarity. I was pleasantly surprised by his approach.

    Of "The Modern Scholar" lecture series that I have listened to so far, I find prof. Schiffman's lectures on the Dead Sea Scrolls not only informative and well-balanced but some of the best so far. I would recommend these easy-to-follow lectures to anyone interested in the enigma of the Dead Scrolls.

    His commentary on 1 and 2 Maccabees in the HarperCollins Bible Commentary is also to be recommended for further background reading to the lay person.

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    The Modern Scholar: The Dead Sea Scrolls: The Truth behind the Mystique

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    In this course, Professor Lawrence H. Schiffman imparts a clear understanding of what the Dead Sea Scrolls are, and even more importantly, what they are not. Indeed, everything about the Scrolls, from their long road to full publication to the haggling over dating and translation, has been shrouded in controversy. In these lectures, Professor Schiffman gives a fascinating explanation of the content of the Scrolls and the times in which the Scrolls were kept.

    Jacobus says: "A well-balanced account of the Qumran Scrolls"
  • "A comprehensive overview of the Qum..."

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    While not as focussed as his course on the 'book of Genesis' (probably because of this study field being vast) Prof. Gary A. Rensburg does a splendid job in introducing the Dead Sea Scrolls in 24 lectures aimed at those who are almost ignorant of this material.

    He covers various aspects of the Dead Sea Scrolls, from how and when it was found, to its ancient history, its significance and contributions to especially Old Testament/ Tanach scholarship as well as halackhic (Jewish law) issues. Prof. Rendsburg represents and presents the majority view of scholars throughout this course. In lecture 12 he engages with significant as well as sensational alternative views and claims that have surfaced over the years. The course is structured around all of the important Dead Sea Scrolls and Prof. Rendsburg often quotes and discuss these scrolls' content.

    A great strength that is sometimes absent from similar introductions is the bird's eye-view of everyday life at Qumran that Prof. Rendsburg provides. On the other hand he significantly downplays the controversy that surrounded the scrolls since its discovery.

    When comparing this course to a similar course in the 'Modern Scholar Series' presented by Prof. Lawrence Schiffman, I find that the two courses covers almost the same content with different accents often complementing each other. Because both scholars are Jewish, it does seem that their focus and I presume passion, is more on the Jewish significance of the scrolls. Prof. Schiffman seems to have a better grasp on the New Testament and how the Dead Sea Scrolls enlightens it. On the other hand Prof. Rendsburg's presentation is more polished than Prof. Schiffman's. I would suggest for someone interested in the Scrolls also to obtain Prof. John J Collin's 'The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Biography.'

    If you are interested in the Dead Sea Scrolls and want an comprehensive overview, this course comes highly recommended.

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    The Dead Sea Scrolls

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    Whether complete or only fragmentary, the 930 extant Dead Sea Scrolls irrevocably altered how we look at and understand the foundations of faith and religious practice. Now you can get a comprehensive introduction to this unique series of archaeological documents, and to scholars' evolving understanding of their authorship and significance, with these 24 lectures. Learn what the scrolls are, what they contain, and how the insights they offered into religious and ancient history came into focus.

    Jacobus says: "A comprehensive overview of the Qumran Scrolls"
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    During a third year Hebrew class on the Dead Sea Scrolls I took note that the Damascus Document came from a genizah (a room in a Jewish synagogue where mainly worn scrolls and other writings are held) in Cairo. It was a cursory meeting with the Cairo Genizah of the Ben Ezra synagogue.

    At long last, a book that brings the story of the discovery of this genizah and its treasure to the general listener/ reader! As far as I know this is the only popular academical book on this subject.

    Rabbi Glickman does an excellent job of pulling the reader into the story. He gives an overview from its time of discovery in the 1890's (or... perhaps a few centuries earlier) to the current state of the genizah scholarship. This makes this books indispensable for both Jews, Christians and Muslims (not only Jews and Muslims, as the rabbi sometimes seem to imply.)

    When it comes to the reading of the text, Rabbi Glickman's warm voice definitely more than suffices in bringing the intrigues around this discovery to life. However, it seems that he sometimes want to stop at a few awkward places in his sentences. I couldn't decide if he was trying to read to quick and them ran out of breath or if he had overcome a speech impediment. Yet it doesn't take away his warm-hearted invitation to the Cairo Genizah.

    In summary, this book about the discovery and implication of the Cairo Genizah is long overdue. Rabbi Mark Glickman masterly immerse you in almost the next best discovery to the Dead Sea Scrolls.



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    Sacred Treasure - The Cairo Genizah: The Amazing Discoveries of Forgotten Jewish History in an Egyptian Synagogue Attic

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    Indiana Jones meets The Da Vinci Code in an old Egyptian synagogue - the amazing story of one of the most important discoveries in modern religious scholarship. In 1897, Rabbi Solomon Schechter of Cambridge University stepped into the attic of the Ben Ezra Synagogue in Cairo, Egypt, and there found the largest treasure trove of medieval and early manuscripts ever discovered.

    Lisa says: "Not what I thought it would be, but worth it"
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    "Your Life Has Meaning sums it up."

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    What did you love best about Kabbalah, Science, and the Meaning of Life?

    What I liked the most was the perspective and logical connection this book makes with my relationship with others.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Humanity is the main character and the role humanity plays in the environment.


    What does Tony Kosinec bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Tony Kosinec brings a calming narrative to the words that resonate in the very soul of the listener.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes!!!


    Any additional comments?

    A BOOK EVERYONE SHOULD LISTEN . I reccomend it highly.

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  • "Very interesting"

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    Very fascinating…the philosophy is very interesting and coming from a Christian background was kind of new and exciting. The references to What the Bleep Do We Know where right on and Kabbalah’s inter woven concepts with natural laws are certainly interesting. I would recommend this book for anybody seeking information on the philosophy of the Kabbalah. Although I warn you, you must be very open minded.

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    Kabbalah, Science, and the Meaning of Life traces the milestones of the evolution of science with which we are familiar, such as Newton's and Einstein's theories, but goes further to present the science of Kabbalah as the basis for understanding the hidden parts of reality that scientists are now discovering. While other sciences research the definable world around us, Kabbalah teaches us how the spontaneous changes occurring within us affect our surrounding reality.

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    The Apostle Paul said that the rapture will happen "at the last trumpet". Hear how the rapture relates to Rosh HaShanah, the Feast of Trumpets, one of the seven feasts God gave to the Nation of Israel. My friend, someday you will turn on the news and see that millions of people have suddenly and mysteriously disappeared from all around the world. As I write this brochure, this disappearance is a future event known as "The Rapture of the Church".

  • Essenes by Josephus and His Contemporaries (






UNABRIDGED) by Edmond Bordeaux Szekely (translator) Narrated by Tom Zingarelli

    Essenes by Josephus and His Contemporaries

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    • Narrated By Tom Zingarelli
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    Historically the communities and sect of the Essenes belong to the last two or three centuries B.C. and the first century of our era. Their teaching and their way of life were recorded by contemporary writers, including Flavius Josephus, the Jewish historian and statesman; Philo, the Alexandrian philosopher; and Pliny the Elder, the great naturalist. By way of introduction to the values of the ancient Essenes the following pages present the testimony of Josephus concerning them, as well as a summary of the account of Philo, Pliny, and other authors of antiquity.

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  • Torah Studies: A Parsha Anthology (






UNABRIDGED) by Menachem Mendel Schneerson, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks Narrated by Shlomo Zacks

    Torah Studies: A Parsha Anthology

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    • By Menachem Mendel Schneerson, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks
    • Narrated By Shlomo Zacks
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    In a paradigm of true leadership, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of sainted memory, embraced all issues of import to Jews, Jewish life, and beyond, spurring a Jewish revival that continues to gain momentum even after his passing. Through his incisive and illuminating Torah expositions, the Rebbe inspired an awareness of a attainable higher reality and sparked an enthusiasm for Torah study among scholars and layman alike.

  • Blood Moons Rising: Bible Prophecy, Israel, and the Four Blood Moons (






UNABRIDGED) by Mark Hitchcock Narrated by Tom Parks

    Blood Moons Rising: Bible Prophecy, Israel, and the Four Blood Moons

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    • By Mark Hitchcock
    • Narrated By Tom Parks
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    Has the final countdown to the end days begun? Are the heavens telling us we are nearing the end? Astronomers have noticed it is coming. Historians have noted its significance. From the discovery of the New World to the creation of modern-day Israel, these years of the four blood moons have truly been turning points in history. Bible prophecy describes the moon being darkened and turned to blood. What is the significance of these signs in the skies? What will the future bring?

  • Heart of the Soul & Seasons of Life  by Zalman Schachter-Shalomi Narrated by Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

    Heart of the Soul & Seasons of Life

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    Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, more affectionately known as Reb Zalman, was originally ordained as an Orthodox rabbi in 1947. That, however, was just the beginning of his spiritual journey and study of world religions. He is spoken of as the “Father” of the Jewish Renewal movement—a post-Holocaust, non-Orthodox Jewish movement that blends kabbalistic and Hasidic elements, while also integrating other practices such as meditation, chant and dance, as well as borrowed elements of Buddhism, Sufism and Christian mysticism.

  • Carlebach Teachings of Joy and Oneness & Other Stories  by Shlomo Carlebach Narrated by Shlomo Carlebach

    Carlebach Teachings of Joy and Oneness & Other Stories

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    In these talks by the late Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, we are exposed to his deeply spiritual and simple truths, lessons and inspirations. Interspersed in the teachings are wonderful melodies composed by Rabbi Carlebach, who offers this profound yet simple truth: “When you see something wrong with the world you are the one to fix it."