Professor Gary A. Rendsburg, Ph.D.

Professor Gary A. Rendsburg
  • Rutgers University
  • New York University
I’ve always had a love of history, so I very much enjoy bringing this aspect to our course.
Dr. Gary A. Rendsburg holds the Blanche and Irving Laurie Chair in Jewish History in the Department of Jewish Studies at Rutgers University, where he also holds an appointment in the History Department. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in Hebrew Studies from New York University and taught at Canisius College and Cornell University-the latter for 18 years-before joining the Rutgers faculty in 2004. The author of six books and more than 120 scholarly articles, Professor Rendsburg takes a special interest in literary approaches to the Bible, the history of the Hebrew language, the history of ancient Israel, and the development of Judaism in the post-biblical period. His works include The Bible and the Ancient Near East (1997), a general survey of the biblical world coauthored with the late Cyrus H. Gordon, and, most recently, Solomon's Vineyard: Literary and Linguistic Studies in the Song of Songs (2009), coauthored with Scott B. Noegel. Professor Rendsburg has visited all of the major archaeological sites in Israel, Egypt, and Jordan and has explored Qumran, the site of the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, repeatedly for several decades. He has participated in excavations at Tel Dor and Caesarea. His main research interests are the literature of the Bible, the history of ancient Israel, the historical development of the Hebrew language, and the relationship between ancient Egypt and ancient Israel. Professor Rendsburg has received several fellowships including the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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  1. Dead Sea Scrolls

    Dead Sea Scrolls

    Gary A. Rendsburg
    4.7 out of 5
    92% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (101)
    Starting at $214.95 Starting at $214.95 $254.95 $214.95$254.95
    Get a comprehensive, 24-lecture introduction to the unique series of archaeological documents that have irrevocably altered how we look at and understand the foundations of faith and religious practice. In The Dead Sea Scrolls, Professor Gary A. Rendsburg—a dedicated Dead Sea Scrolls scholar who has spent decades immersed in the study of this amazing find—tells you what the scrolls are and what they...
  2. Book of Genesis

    Book of Genesis

    Gary A. Rendsburg
    4.2 out of 5
    72% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (96)
    Starting at $129.95 Starting at $129.95 $254.95 $129.95$254.95
    The Book of Genesis is familiar, clear, powerful, elegantly written. It is the book with which both Jews and Christians alike begin their Bible. But is it possible that our understanding of the Book of Genesis we've all grown up with isn't as complete as we'd like to believe? Its deceptively simple message hides an intricate structure and treasures of detail behind sophisticated literary devices. Professor Gary A....
  3. Special Collection - The Joy of Ancient History Collection

    Special Collection - The Joy of Ancient History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    3.9 out of 5
    62% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (8)
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $199.95 $199.95$199.95
    For years, The Great Courses has taken you on stirring explorations of our ancient roots. The Joy of Ancient History is an insightful collection of 36 lectures curated from our most popular ancient history courses. Guided by our highly rated professors, hopscotch around the world to experience the fascinating variety that ancient history offers: from great heroes and epic battles to lost civilizations and beyond.
  4. (Set) Dead Sea Scrolls & Beginnings of Judaism  Set

    (Set) Dead Sea Scrolls & Beginnings of Judaism

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $509.90 Starting at $509.90 $509.90 $509.90$509.90
    Comb through the mysteries of the ancient biblical world with this two-course set on the Dead Sea Scrolls and the origins of Judaism. Start with a comprehensive introduction to the archaeological documents that irrevocably altered how we understand the foundations of religious practice in The Dead Sea Scrolls. Then, in Beginnings of Judaism, examine the evolution of this great world religion into the system of...
  5. (Set) Book of Genesis; Old Testament; & New Testament  Set

    (Set) Book of Genesis; Old Testament; & New Testament

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $764.85 Starting at $764.85 $764.85 $764.85$764.85
    Uncover a wealth of new insights into the meaning and importance of the Hebrew and Christian bibles with this three-course set. In The Book of Genesis, complete your understanding of the powerful and elegantly written first book of the Old Testament. Then, probe the content, meaning, and historical and religious significance of both the Hebrew and Christian bibles with The Old Testament and The New Testament.
  6. (Set) Dead Sea Scrolls & New Testament  Set

    (Set) Dead Sea Scrolls & New Testament

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
    Travel back in time and explore the roots of Judaism and Christianity with this fascinating two-course set. In The Dead Sea Scrolls, unlock the secrets of ancient documents that irrevocably alter our understanding of the early years of these enduring faiths. And in The New Testament, use modern biblical scholarship, recent archaeological discoveries, and careful literary analysis to trace the history of this...
  7. (Set) Dead Sea Scrolls & Old Testament  Set

    (Set) Dead Sea Scrolls & Old Testament

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
    What can you learn about the formative years of Judaism and Christianity from ancient written works? Discover the illuminating answer in this course set delivered by two expert religion scholars. First, get a comprehensive, 24-lecture introduction to the unique series of archaeological documents that have irrevocably altered how we look at and understand the foundations of faith and religious practice in The Dead...
  8. (Set) Dead Sea Scrolls & The Catholic Church: A History  Set

    (Set) Dead Sea Scrolls & The Catholic Church: A History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $534.90 Starting at $534.90 $629.90 $534.90$629.90
    Strengthen your understanding of the roots of faith and Christianity with these two fascinating religion courses. Get a comprehensive introduction to the archaeological documents that altered how we look at and understand the foundations of religious practice with The Dead Sea Scrolls. And in The Catholic Church: A History, follow the development of this powerful institution throughout the centuries and witness its...
  9. (Set) Dead Sea Scrolls & Story of the Bible  Set

    (Set) Dead Sea Scrolls & Story of the Bible

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
    Uncover the stories behind two of the most important documents in religious history with this illuminating course set. Start with The Dead Sea Scrolls, a comprehensive introduction to the archaeological documents that have irrevocably altered how we look at and understand the foundations of faith. Next, in The Story of the Bible, learn about the many forms the Bible has taken; the ways history, scholarship, and...
  10. (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...
  11. (Set)  Controversies of Christian History & Dead Sea Scrolls Set

    (Set) Controversies of Christian History & Dead Sea Scrolls

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $359.90 Starting at $359.90 $359.90 $359.90$359.90

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  12. (Set) Biblical Wisdom Literature & Book of Genesis  Set

    (Set) Biblical Wisdom Literature & Book of Genesis

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
    Investigate the profound teachings, stories, and lessons found in the Bible with this two-course set. In Biblical Wisdom Literature, award-winning Professor Father Joseph Koterski takes you deep inside the enlightening spiritual teachings that have inspired the world. In The Book of Genesis, Professor Gary A. Rendsburg shows you how this work's deceptively simple message hides an intricate structure and treasures of...
  13. (Set) Dead Sea Scrolls & Lost Christianities: Christian Scriptures and the Battles over Authentication  Set

    (Set) Dead Sea Scrolls & Lost Christianities: Christian Scriptures and the Battles over Authentication

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
    Explore some of the earliest—and most fascinating—documents in Jewish and Christian history with this illuminating two-course set. Start with a comprehensive introduction to the series of documents that irrevocably altered how we understand the foundations of faith in The Dead Sea Scrolls. Then, discover a wealth of insight into Christian scriptures that served as the foundation for the New Testament in...
  14. (Set) Book of Genesis & Old Testament  Set

    (Set) Book of Genesis & Old Testament

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $509.90 Starting at $509.90 $509.90 $509.90$509.90
  15. (Set)  Cultural Literacy for Religion & Dead Sea Scrolls Set

    (Set) Cultural Literacy for Religion & Dead Sea Scrolls

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
  16. (Set) The World of Biblical Israel & Dead Sea Scrolls  Set

    (Set) The World of Biblical Israel & Dead Sea Scrolls

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
    Get profound insights into life in ancient Israel through the writings of the Hebrew scriptures and the ancient archaeological find known as the Dead Sea Scrolls. 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 Dead Sea Scrolls, Professor Gary A. Rendsburg...
  17. (Set) The Joy of Ancient History & Foundations of Western Civ Set

    (Set) The Joy of Ancient History & Foundations of Western Civ

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $399.90 $399.90$399.90
  18. (Set) The Joy of Ancient History & The Persian Empire Set

    (Set) The Joy of Ancient History & The Persian Empire

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $329.90 $329.90$329.90
  19. (Set) 36 Big Ideas & The Joy of Ancient History Set

    (Set) 36 Big Ideas & The Joy of Ancient History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $399.90 $399.90$399.90
    Learn something new and exciting with this set of collections courses. Begin by exploring 36 ideas – philosophy, science and more – that have changed the face of civilization. Then, dive into ancient history and hopscotch around the world and across time to experience the fascinating variety of what the past has to offer.
  20. (Set) The Joy of Ancient History & World Was Never the Same Set

    (Set) The Joy of Ancient History & World Was Never the Same

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $629.90 Starting at $629.90 $629.90 $629.90$629.90

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