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Mobile Ed: Between the Testaments Bundle (2 courses)

By 3 authors ,
/ Lexham Press / 2015–2017

Runs on Windows, Mac, and mobile.




The Judaism of Jesus and Paul looked drastically different than the Judaism of Malachi at the close of the Old Testament. Over the 400 years known as the intertestamental period, political power shifted from Persia to Rome—the language, culture, and spiritual conditions of the world changed accordingly.

This tumultuous era, though often ignored, is vitally important to anyone engaging in serious Bible study. Learn the rich history of this period. Discover the writings of the Old Testament Apocrypha and gain insight into the cultural background of the New Testament. Prolific author and scholar Dr. David deSilva focuses his course on the Apocrypha, showing you how these writings influenced the authors of the New Testament and early Christianity. Dr. Joel Willitts, associate professor of biblical and theological Studies, surveys the history and literature of the Second Temple period, helping you read the New Testament in its proper context.

Individual Courses

BI291 The Apocrypha: Witness between the Testaments

  • Instructor: David A. deSilva
  • Video hours: 8

In this course, distinguished scholar Dr. David deSilva provides you with an introduction to the Old Testament Apocrypha. Become familiar with the setting and content of books such as 1–4 Maccabees, Judith, Baruch, the Wisdom of Solomon, and more. Understand how these writings influenced the writers of the New Testament and the early church, and how they provide us with valuable insight into the Judaism of the time of Christ.


  • The Apocrypha: A General Introduction
  • The Books of the Apocrypha: 1 Esdras and the Wisdom of Ben Sira
  • The Books of the Apocrypha: 1 and 2 Maccabees
  • The Books of the Apocrypha: Judith and 2 Esdras
  • The Books of the Apocrypha: Tobit, Susanna, and Baruch
  • The Books of the Apocrypha: Letter of Jeremiah, Bel and the Dragon, Wisdom of Solomon, and Greek Esther
  • The Books of the Apocrypha: 3 and 4 Maccabees
  • The Books of the Apocrypha: Prayer of Manasseh, Psalm 151, and More Additions to Daniel
  • Sketches of the Impact of the Apocrypha
  • The Apocrypha in the Christian Church and Canon

Dr. David A. deSilva is the trustees’ distinguished professor of New Testament and Greek at Ashland Theological Seminary in Ohio, where he’s taught since 1995. He’s written over 20 books in the areas of New Testament and Second Temple Judaism.

NT202 A Survey of Jewish History and Literature from the Second Temple Period

  • Instructor: Joel Willitts
  • Video hours: 10

In this course, Dr. Joel Willitts guides you through key historical moments and literary works of the Second Temple period. Discover the history between Israel’s return from Babylonian exile, beginning in 583 BC, and the destruction of the Jerusalem temple in AD 70. Develop an understanding of the beliefs of Jewish groups such as the Pharisees, Sadducees, and Essenes. Survey a vast array of Second Temple literature, from the Old Testament Apocrypha to the writings of Philo and Josephus.


  • History of the Second Temple Period: Persian and Greek Rule
  • History of the Second Temple Period: The Hasmonean Kingdom
  • History of the Second Temple Period: Jewish Sectarian Groups
  • History of the Second Temple Period: The Roman Empire
  • Corpus of Literature from the Second Temple Period
  • Texts of the Dispersion
  • Texts Engaging Hellenism
  • Apocalyptic Texts
  • Texts Engaging the Hasmonean Dynasty
  • Dead Sea Scrolls
  • Examples of Sectarian Texts of the Dead Sea Scrolls
  • Texts of the Egyptian Jewish Diaspora
  • In the Wake of Herod and the Romans
  • In the Wake of the First Jewish War

Dr. Joel Willitts is a professor in the biblical and theological studies department at North Park University. He has researched and published several books, essays, and journal articles on the New Testament’s Jewish context.

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