Research Interests

Research interests: Religion

  • The Resurrection
  • The Trinity
  • Jesus’s Supposed Divinity
  • Isaiah 53
  • The Virgin Conception
  • Christian Apologetics
  • Christian Evangelization
  • The Historical Jesus and the Gospels
  • Jewish Spirituality
  • The Siddur: Its Development, Structure, and a PaRDeS Analysis
  • Kabbalah

Alter is currently working on several main projects.

  1. The Resurrection: Jesus’s resurrection is the cornerstone and lynchpin of Christian evangelism. Without a resurrection, Christian evangelism cannot succeed. Therefore the main focus of this project is a critical inquiry into the Christian claim that Jesus was physically, bodily resurrected from the dead. Based on this knowledge, a paper will be developed that refutes the apologetic claims of leading Christian evangelists.
  2. Jesus’s Supposed Divinity: This project entails a critical inquiry into the Christian claim that Jesus is God. Alter is particularly keen on understanding supposed proof texts and Christian apologetics that attempt to explain how it is rationalized that Jesus is God. Based on this foundation, material will be developed that refutes the claim that Jesus is God Almighty.
  3. The Trinity: This topic is a cornerstone of modern day Christian theology and a vital component in Christian evangelism. This project entails a critical inquiry into the Christian claim that the Godhead exists as a trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Ghost). Alter is particularly keen on understanding supposed proof texts and Christian apologetics that attempt to rationalize that the Godhead exists as a trinity. Based on this foundation, material will be developed that refutes the claim that the Godhead exists as a trinity.
  4. The Siddur: For many Jews, davening (Jewish prayer) with a siddur is a rote and empty experience. One major reason that many Jews are dissatisfied with their prayer experience is that most do not understand the structure of the siddur and the rich essence of its prayers. This project is interesting in developing a four level analysis of the prayers based on the traditional methodology of Jewish interpretation: Peshat, Remez, Drush, and Sod.
  5. Jewish Spirituality: According to Jewish tradition, there are two worlds, this physical world and the spiritual world. Tradition also instructions that this world is a mirror of the spiritual world. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to investigate various metaphors demonstrating how the spiritual world is concealed within our physical world.