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Professor Jodi Magness, Ph.D.

Professor Jodi Magness
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • University of Pennsylvania
I love sharing the excitement of archaeology with others.

Dr. Jodi Magness is the Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism in the Department of Religious Studies at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She earned her B.A. in Archaeology and History from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and her Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology from the University of Pennsylvania. For her engaging teaching, Professor Magness won the Archaeological Institute of America's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. Her other honors include a Fulbright Lecturing Award from the United States-Israel Educational Foundation, and fellowships from institutions including the American Council of Learned Societies and the National Endowment for the Humanities. A trained archaeologist with more than 20 years of field experience, Professor Magness has excavated throughout Israel and in Greece and has codirected excavations of the Roman siege works at Masada and a Roman fort at Yotvata. She is the author of numerous scholarly books on the archaeology of the Holy Land. Among them are The Archaeology of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls, which won the 2003 Biblical Archaeology Society's Award for Best Popular Book in Archaeology, and The Archaeology of the Early Islamic Settlement in Palestine, which won the Irene Levi-Sala Book Prize.

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"Professor Magness' presentation is clear and well-organized. She skillfully showed how the literary and archaeological sources from the period covered by the lectures either support each or or do not, and why."

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14 Courses and Sets

  1. Jesus and His Jewish Influences Sale

    Jesus and His Jewish Influences

    Jodi Magness
    Save up to $190.00 Starting at $44.95 $79.95 $44.95$79.95
    Follow an acclaimed archaeologist to unearth the roots of Jesus’s actions and teachings within the traditions of early Judaism. This fascinating course approaches the subject from a historical, rather than scriptural, perspective; one rooted in ancient texts and archaeological discoveries. Discover hidden insights into how the tumultuous events of Jewish history shaped an individual whose legacy endures to this...
  2. Holy Land Revealed Sale

    Holy Land Revealed

    Jodi Magness
    Save up to $275.00 Starting at $49.95 $99.95 $49.95$99.95
    Comb through the rubble of an ancient citadel in the City of David, the contents of rock-cut tombs in the Kidron Valley, correspondence from caves in the Judaean desert, and other remains from one of the most important regions in the history of civilization. Delivered by archaeologist and award-winning Professor Jodi Magness, The Holy Land Revealed helps you relive and encounter life in the ancient Holy Land through...
  3. (Set) Holy Land Revealed & Old Testament  Set

    (Set) Holy Land Revealed & Old Testament

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $534.90 Starting at $534.90 $629.90 $534.90$629.90
    Take a trip back in time to the origins of the Judeo-Christian tradition with this two-course set. In The Holy Land Revealed, you'll relive and encounter life in the ancient Holy Land through archaeological sites, ruins, artifacts, texts, and more. And in The Old Testament, you'll find out what this religious text reveals about the history, faith, and literature of ancient Israel.
  4. (Set) Holy Land Revealed & Jesus and the Gospels  Set

    (Set) Holy Land Revealed & Jesus and the Gospels

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $639.90 Starting at $639.90 $749.90 $639.90$749.90
    Join two engaging religion scholars and award-winning professors as they reveal astounding new insights to your understanding of the history of the Holy Land and the life of Jesus. The Holy Land Revealed is your chance to get up close and personal with ruins, artifacts, murals, documents, and other long-buried objects that will take you deep beneath the pages of the Bible. Jesus and the Gospels examines the...
  5. (Set) The Cathedral & Holy Land Revealed  Set

    (Set) The Cathedral & Holy Land Revealed

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $534.90 Starting at $534.90 $629.90 $534.90$629.90
    Travel around the world and tour some of its most impressive spiritual and architectural sites from the comfort of home with this richly illustrated two-course set. First, in The Cathedral, high-definition 3-D modeling brings you closer to cathedrals like Notre Dame in Paris and Canterbury in England than any on-site tour could do. And The Holy Land Revealed allows you to relive and encounter life in the ancient...
  6. (Set) Dead Sea Scrolls & Holy Land Revealed  Set

    (Set) Dead Sea Scrolls & Holy Land Revealed

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $534.90 Starting at $534.90 $629.90 $534.90$629.90
    Learn what archaeology reveals about the history of Judaism and Christianity with this captivating two-course set. Start by looking at a unique series of archaeological documents that have irrevocably altered how we understand the foundations of faith with The Dead Sea Scrolls. Then, in The Holy Land Revealed, get up close and personal with ruins, artifacts, murals, documents, and other long-buried objects that will...
  7. (Set) The World of Biblical Israel & Holy Land Revealed  Set on sale

    (Set) The World of Biblical Israel & Holy Land Revealed

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $478.00 Starting at $129.90 $151.90 $129.90$151.90
    Investigate what we can know about life in ancient Israel through the Bible, other ancient texts, and archaeological evidence in this absorbing course set taught by two award-winning professors. First, in The World of Biblical Israel, Professor Cynthia R. Chapman takes you on a journey through ancient Israel to introduce you to its everyday life, people, challenges, and triumphs. Then, in The Holy Land...
  8. (Set) Holy Land Revealed & Early Christianity: The Experience of the Divine  Set

    (Set) Holy Land Revealed & Early Christianity: The Experience of the Divine

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $629.90 Starting at $629.90 $629.90 $629.90$629.90
  9. (Set) The Apocalypse & Holy Land Revealed  Set

    (Set) The Apocalypse & Holy Land Revealed

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $534.90 Starting at $534.90 $629.90 $534.90$629.90
    Gain a fresh perspective on religious scholarship with this two-course set from two award-winning professors. Start with The Apocalypse: Controversies and Meaning in Western History, which offers a close reading of the book of Revelation and explores the wide-ranging legacy of its content on both Christian and Western history. Then journey with an archeologist and biblical scholar to an ancient citadel in the City...
  10. (Set) Jesus and His Jewish Influences & The World of Biblical Israel Set

    (Set) Jesus and His Jewish Influences & The World of Biblical Israel

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $279.90 Starting at $279.90 $524.90 $279.90$524.90
    Uncover the world of Jesus with this insightful two-course set. Learn another side of what affected Jesus’s teachings and beliefs with an archeological-based look at Jesus and His Jewish Influences. Then take a journey through ancient Israel to introduce you to the world, the people, the challenges, and the triumphs of this ancient land to see how this world influenced his life with The World of Biblical Israel.
  11. (Set) Jesus and His Jewish Influences & Fall of the Pagans and the Origins of Medieval Christianity Set

    (Set) Jesus and His Jewish Influences & Fall of the Pagans and the Origins of Medieval Christianity

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $279.90 Starting at $279.90 $524.90 $279.90$524.90
    How did Christianity ultimately achieve dominance? Get closer to the answers with this two-course set. Start by understanding the impact of ancient Jewish beliefs with Jesus and His Jewish Influences. Then dive into a historically-focused discussion of the dramatic interaction between Judaism, Christianity, and paganism from the 1st to the 6th centuries with Fall of the Pagans and the Origins of Medieval...
  12. (Set) Jesus and His Jewish Influences & How Jesus Became God Set on sale

    (Set) Jesus and His Jewish Influences & How Jesus Became God

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $397.00 Starting at $79.90 $142.90 $79.90$142.90
    One of the most important people in the history of the world was Jesus. Dive into his rich past with this two-course set. Start with an archeological look into how ancient Jewish beliefs affected Jesus’s teachings with Jesus and His Jewish Influences. Then look at the diverse elements that combined to produce both an astonishing true-life story and one of history’s most significant happenings in How Jesus Became...
  13. (Set) Jesus and His Jewish Influences & Jesus and the Gospels Set

    (Set) Jesus and His Jewish Influences & Jesus and the Gospels

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $349.90 Starting at $349.90 $644.90 $349.90$644.90
    The figure of Jesus has tantalized both Christians and non-Christians who have sought definitive answers to questions about his words, his acts, and even his very existence. Find answers with this two-course set looking at how Jesus shaped his belief system in Jesus and His Jewish Influences and then explore the puzzling questions about Jesus raised by Jesus and the Gospels.
  14. (Set) Jesus and His Jewish Influences & Holy Land Revealed Set

    (Set) Jesus and His Jewish Influences & Holy Land Revealed

    Jodi Magness
    Starting at $554.90 Starting at $554.90 $644.90 $554.90$644.90
    Discover the environment and people who influenced Jesus in this two-course series. Learn how his teachings were the product of a fascinating dialogue with—and reaction to—the traditions, cultures, and historical developments of ancient Jewish beliefs in Jesus and His Jewish Influences. Then explore the rich history of the birthplace of Judaism and Christianity in Holy Land Revealed.