History

History Crash Course #31: Herod the Great

A madman who murdered his own family and many rabbis, Herod was also the greatest builder in Jewish history.

History Crash Course #30: The Romans

Jewish tradition maintains the Romans were descendants of Esau, the bloodthirsty brother of Jacob.

History Crash Course #29: Revolt of the Maccabees

The Jewish revolt against the Greeks sets a precedent as the world's first religious war.

History Crash Course #28: Greek Persecution

Terror reigned -- women were killed with babies tied around their necks.

Seven Wonders of Jewish History (audio)

Explore 7 remarkable milestones of Jewish history that defy historical patterns and fulfill ancient prophecies.

History Crash Course #27: The Greek Empire

To the Greeks, what was beautiful was holy; to the Jews, what was holy was beautiful. These views were bound to clash.

History Crash Course #26: The Great Assembly

Extraordinary sages define the essence of Judaism for the Jews of Israel and the Diaspora.

History Crash Course #25: The Second Temple

The Holy Temple is rebuilt, but is not the same with the Ark of the Covenant missing.

History Crash Course #24: Purim in Persia

A feast celebrating God's abandonment of Israel puts into motion Haman's plot to annihilate the Jews.

History Crash Course #23: Babylonian Exile

The Babylonians think God has abandoned the Jews and celebrate. But they have a surprise coming.

History Crash Course #22: The End of Israel

The Kingdom of Judah lasts another of 134 years before it falls.

History Crash Course #21: Assyrian Conquest

The Assyrians conquer northern Israel and vanquish the nation with exile.

History Crash Course #20: A Divided Nation

The 10 northern tribes secede, splitting Israel in two.

History Crash Course #19: King Solomon

King Solomon, the wisest of all men, built the Temple in Jerusalem and reigned over Israel's golden age.

History Crash Course #18: David: The King

King David established Jerusalem as Israel's capital over 3,000 years ago.

History Crash Course #17: David: Shepherd & Warrior

Still too young to fight in the army, David becomes Israel's champion when he slays Goliath.

History Crash Course #16: King Saul

King Saul was a great man who committed one terrible mistake, dooming his reign from the start.

History Crash Course #15: The Time of the Judges

Jewish guidance came from the "judges," who were both warriors and prophets.

History Crash Course #13: The Tragedy of the Spies

Every major disaster in Jewish history is connected to the 9th of Av. It all began with the 12 spies.

History Crash Course #12: The Golden Calf

Only a tiny portion of Jews participate in worshiping the golden calf. So why blame the whole nation?

History Crash Course #11: Mount Sinai

The encounter between God and the Jews at Mount Sinai was a totally event in all of human history.

History Crash Course #9: Moses

In an all-time irony, Moses the savior of the Jewish people is raised in the house of the enemy of the Jews.

History Crash Course #8: Reunion

To remedy the family animosity, Joseph sets the stage for a great test.

History Crash Course #7: Joseph

Joseph demonstrates a classic pattern: The Jew arrives impoverished, works hard, and rises to the top.

History Crash Course #6: Isaac and His Sons

History repeats: The groove that Abraham, Isaac and Jacob carve will be for their descendants.

History Crash Course #5: The Promised Land

God gave Abraham the Land of Israel as a laboratory to create a model nation for the world.

History Crash Course #4: Abraham's Journey

Abraham gave rise to a nation of Hebrews -- people who live "on the other side."

History Crash Course #3: The World of Abraham

By understanding the character of Abraham, the "proto-Jew", one can understand what Jews are all about.

History Crash Course #2: The Bible as History

An enormous amount of information in the Bible has been borne out by archeology, through indirect or circumstantial evidence.

History Crash Course #1: Why Study History

Jewish history teaches not only to avoid past mistakes, but to understand where destiny is leading us.

Miracle of Israel #1 - Aftermath of the Holocaust

Liberating the camps, and the Nuremberg trials. (Viewer discretion is advised.)

Seven Wonders of Jewish History

Seven remarkable milestones that defy historical patterns and fulfill ancient prophecies.

Escape from the Inquisition

Publicly, Dr. Nunez was serving Church dignitaries; privately he was committing religious crimes deserving of death at the stake.

History Crash Course #10: Ten Plagues

With the Ten Plagues, the laws of nature are turned upside down to free the Jews.

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