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The ST. Irenaeus Ministries has a wonderful bible commentary here: siministries.org/Podcast.
This has great detail, for example here is an exerpt from the current session:
After the death of Antipater, Antigonus became high priest after mutilating the high priest Hyrcanus. Herod had been quickly rising to prominence, marrying into the house of Hasmon, sending his wife into exile, and Herod sought to have the Romans proclaim him leader of the Jews. Rome did declare him King of the Jews, a title never before declared for someone who was not of nobility. To ensure that the Hasmonean dynasty never returned to challenge his position, the remaining heirs to the Hasmonean dynasty suspiciously died.
It actually has a great deal more detail even than this. Does anyone know the possible sources of such detailed information? Also if you have a link it would be very helpful.
I agree that the podcasts are very informative. I happen to disagree with David Higbee's (?) thoughts that Galatians was written before the Jerusalem Council, but that's only a hypothesis of his.
I wish the sound quality was a little better on the talks, but they are very much worth the time you spend listening to them.
I also get a kick out of his Yankee accent, especially when he says "have" (it sounds like "Hi-av"). Regarding the source of his information, I would send St. I Ministries an e-mail.