Using this site

Perhaps the easiest way to make use of this site is to select a biblical studies category that interests you from the Categories list in the right-hand column. This will provide a complete list of resources available under that category. The search facility in the top right-hand corner may also provide some assistance.

Or alternatively, to check out the latest additions to the site, just scroll through the posts below.

Journal of Theological Studies (old series)

From Journal of Theological Studies old series, volumes 1 – 10 (1899-1909), are available here. Additionally:

Journal of Theological Studies is now published by Oxford University Press. The original series ran from 1899-1949 and the new series began in 1950, continuing to the present day. The printed index of Vols. 1-30 (1899-1929) can be downloaded here.

Theo van den Hout: “A is for Anatolia: Writing and Literacy in the Hittite Kingdom”

Theo van den Hout delivers a lecture examining the chronological development of writing and literacy in the Hittite Kingdom, Brown University,  April 11, 2013. The lecture commences at 3:45.

Theo van den Hout is Professor of Hittite and Anatolian Languages in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago.

He received his PhD in Hittite and Anatolian languages from the University of Amsterdam in 1989 after a BA and MA in Classics, Comparative Indo-European linguistics and Anatolian studies at both Leiden and Amsterdam. Currently he is Professor of Hittite and Anatolian Languages at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, and editor-in-chief of the Chicago Hittite Dictionary (CHD) since 2000. He is the author of several books, most recently “The Elements of Hittite”(Cambridge UP 2011) and many articles.

While interested in all aspects of Late Bronze and Iron Age Anatolia his work focuses on Hittite culture, history, and language. Besides his work on the dictionary his recent personal interests are ancient record management, literacy and writing in Hittite society.

How Jesus became God: Bart Ehrman and Simon Gathercole on the development of Christology


Premier Christian Radio’s Unbelievable? show hosts Bart Ehrman and Simon Gathercole, who discuss Ehrman’s recent publication, How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee (HarperCollins, 2014).

Episode one (mp3) (the discussion on How Jesus Became God begins at 7:30)

New Testament scholar Bart Ehrman’s latest explosive book ‘How Jesus Became God’ claims that the early church turned Christ into the son of God, but Jesus himself never believed it and nor did his first followers.

Episode two (mp3) (the discussion on How Jesus Became God begins at 1:30)

The second episode in which Bart Ehrman defends his latest book ‘How Jesus Became God’ against Simon Gathercole. Ehrman claims that the early church turned Christ into the son of God. In this episode they discuss the earliest Christian writings in Scripture, and whether St Paul viewed Christ as a highly exalted being or as God himself.

Simon Gathercole is a contributor to an evangelical Christian response book, How God Became Jesus: The Real Origins of Belief in Jesus’ Divine Nature (Zondervan, 2014).

See also:

h/t: Michael Bird, James McGrath

Jacob L. Wright on Aronofsky’s Noah and Flood Traditions

In the latest episode of Emory Looks at Hollywood series, Jacob L. Wright, Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible at Emory’s Candler School of Theology, discusses the various Flood traditions which lie behind and within, and which were inspired by the biblical Flood story, including one of the most recent developments in the unfolding tradition, Darren Aronofsky’s film Noah (2014).

Wright also has a short article on the same subject in Sacred Matters, “Noah: An Unrighteous Man”.

See also:

Cathleen Falsani, interview with Darren Aronofsky, “The ‘Terror’ of Noah: How Darren Aronofsky Interprets the Bible”, The Atlantic, March 26, 2014

Annette Yoshiko Reed, “Who Gets to Decide if Noah is Biblical?” Religion Despatches, April 1, 2014

h/t: Jim West

The Book of Exodus: Myths and Stories – Thomas Römer’s 2014 Seminars at the Collège de France

Videos of Professor Thomas Römer’s 2014 seminars at the Collège de France, entitled The Book of Exodus: Myths and Stories, are becoming available at the Collège’s website, or for download at the links provided below (800mb+). The seminars have been overdubbed by an English translator.

Thomas Römer is Professor of Old Testament at the University of Lausanne (UNIL) and the Collège de France, and author of many works, including Israels Väter (1990), on the Patriarchal traditions in the Pentateuch, and The So-called Deuteronomistic History (2007), on the unity and disunity in the books of Deuteronomy to Kings.

20 FEBRUARY 2014, 2:00 pm
Introduction: Between Autocthony and Allochthony – the Invention of the Exodus

27 FEBRUARY 2014, 2:00 pm
The Book of Exodus: Myths and Stories

06 MARCH 2014, 2:00 pm
The Book of Exodus: Myths and Stories

13 MARCH 2014, 2:00 pm
The Book of Exodus: Myths and Stories

20 MARCH 2014, 2:00 pm
The Book of Exodus: Myths and Stories

27 MARCH 2014, 2:00 pm
The Book of Exodus: Myths and Stories

03 APRIL 2014, 2:00 pm
The Book of Exodus: Myths and Stories

10 APRIL 2014, 2:00 pm
The Book of Exodus: Myths and Stories

Interview with Jacob L. Wright on Nehemiah


Eve Harow, of Arutz Sheva 7 Radio‘s “Judean Eve” program, interviews Dr Jacob L. Wright on his work, in particular his book Rebuilding Identity: The Nehemiah-memoir and Its Earliest Readers (2004).

The interview is in the Hour 2 portion of “Judean Eve”, 21 Tevet 5771 (20 Dec 2010).

The article mentioned at the beginning of the interview is also available free online: Jacob L. Wright, “A Nation Conceived in Defeat”, Azure no. 42, Autumn 5771 / 2010.

Dr. Jacob Wright is assistant professor of Hebrew Bible in the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta and Director of Graduate Studies in the Tam Institute of Jewish Studies. At Emory, he teaches courses on biblical interpretation, the history and archaeology of ancient Israel, and Northwest Semitic languages. He is the author of Rebuilding Identity: The Nehemiah Memoir and Its Earliest Readers, which won a Sir John Templeton Award (the largest prize for first books in religion). In addition to responsibilities in the excavations at Ramat Rachel (located outside Jerusalem), he is currently writing a book for Oxford University Press that examines the relationship between war, memory and national identity in ancient Israelite society. He spoke with Eve from Paris, where he is lecturing and receiving another distinguished award. His thesis is that, thanks to the Biblical authors and figures like Ezra and Nehemiah, the defeat of the kingdoms of Israel and Judah ultimately fostered a more resilient and enduring national identity that was able to sustain the loss of territorial sovereignty. The Bible presents procreation and education as the ultimate strategies of Jewish survival. Listen to the interview to understand this tremendous, brilliant Bible scholar and his unique contributions to Jewish thought.

Free Online Course: The Fall and Rise of Jerusalem, with Oded Lipschits and Ido Koch

Professor Oded Lipschits and Ido Koch of Tel Aviv University are to present a 6-week Coursera MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on the archaeology and history of Jerusalem: “The Fall and Rise of Jerusalem”.

The course will begin on October 26, 2014, and enrolments are now open.

About the Course

The period of the demise of the Kingdom of Judah at the end of the sixth century B.C.E., the fall of Jerusalem to the Babylonians, the exile of the elite to Babylon, and the reshaping of the territory of the new province of Judah, culminating at the end of the century with the first return of exiles – all have been subjects of intense scrutiny in modern scholarship. This course takes into account the biblical textual evidence, the results of archaeological research, and the reports of the Babylonian and Egyptian sources and provides a comprehensive survey and analysis of the evidence for the history of this 100-year-long era. The course includes a detailed discussion by Prof. Oded Lipschits of Tel Aviv University, with guest lectures by leading scholars dealing with the archaeological and biblical aspects of this debated topic.


Course Syllabus

Week One
Introduction to geopolitics and geography of the Ancient Near East
Week Two
The turmoil of the seventh century BCE
Week Three
Judah under Babylonian rule
Week Four
The days of the destruction of Jerusalem
Week Five
Archaeology of the sixth century BCE
Week Six
The restoration of Jerusalem in the early Persian Period and Summary

Oded Lipschits: “The Myth of the Empty Land and The Myth of the Mass Return — A New Look on the History of Judah under Babylonian and Persian Rule”

Professor Oded Lipschits delivers the inaugural Dr. David A. Kipper Ancient Israel Lecture at The Oriental Institute, University of Chicago, entitled “The Myth of the Empty Land and The Myth of the Mass Return: A New Look on the History of Judah under Babylonian and Persian Rule”, April 29, 2013.

Tat-siong Benny Liew on Race and Academia

Dr. Tat-siong Benny Liew delivers a lecture entitled “Guess Who’s Coming to Discourse? Thoughts on a More Hospitable Theological Education”, on the issue of race and academia. The lecture was delivered at the inauguration of Dr. Kah-Jin Jeffrey Kuan as the seventh President of Claremont School of Theology, on October 23, 2013.

Dr. Liew’s lecture begins at 11:30 in the video.

A close friend of President Kuan, Dr. Liew is currently the Class of 1956 Professor in New Testament Studies at the Department of Religious Studies, College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, MA). Before teaching at Holy Cross, Liew taught at Chicago Theological Seminary and Pacific School of Religion/Graduate Theological Union. He is the author of Politics of Parousia: Reading Mark Inter(Con)textually (1999) and What is Asian American Biblical Interpretation? Reading the New Testament (2008). Liew has also edited The Bible in Asian America (with Gale Yee, 2002), Postcolonial Interventions (2009), They Were All Together in One Place? (with Randall Bailey and Fernando Segovia, 2009), Reading Ideologies (2011). He is also currently serving as the series editor of the Phoenix Guides to the New Testament and executive editor of the journal Biblical Interpretation (Brill). Born and raised in Hong Kong, Professor Liew is most interested and invested in reading and studying the New Testament across various academic disciplines.

John Barclay on Social-Scientific Methods in Biblical Studies and the Anthropology of Gifting

Professor John Barclay delivers the guest lecture at the inauguration of St Mary’s Centre for the Social-Scientific Study of the Bible, on May 3, 2013: “Paul and the Gift: Gift-theory, Grace and Critical Issues in the Interpretation of Paul.”

John Barclay speaks on the anthropology of the term gift for understanding the nature of grace or charis in the New Testament and especially in Paul’s letters.

This lecture attempts three tasks: first, to use the anthropology of gift and historical studies of gift-giving in the Graeco-Roman world (including ancient Judaism) to raise appropriate questions about Pauline and early Christian discourses concerning  gift; second, to outline ways in which gift-giving can be and has been ‘perfected’, that is, drawn out to an absolute or extreme form for the sake of definition or polemical advantage; and third, on this basis, to outline some of the key configurations of grace  in the history of reception of Paul, and thus to clarify central issues currently mired in conceptual confusion.

The lecture begins at 6:10 in the video.

John Barclay is Lightfoot Professor of Divinity at Durham University.

James Kugel: “Judaism: An Odd Sort of Religion of Laws”

James Kugel delivers a lecture on how Judaism got to be the way it is, a religion centrally concerned with laws, entitled “Judaism: An Odd Sort of Religion of Laws”. The lecture, delivered on on April 12, 2010, was the eighth Joseph S. Gruss Lecture and marked the Inauguration of The Tikvah Center for Law and Jewish Civilization, New York University Law School.

Durham University Online Theses


Durham University provides its PhD and Masters theses online, including many in the area of biblical studies. Full text is available for most theses.

Durham e-theses includes, for example:

ANDERSON, BRADFORD,ASHWORTH (2010) Election, Brotherhood and Inheritance:
A Canonical Reading of the Esau and Edom Traditions.
 Doctoral thesis, Durham University.

FRAYER-GRIGGS, DANIEL,FREDERICK (2012) Saved as through Fire: The Fiery Ordeal in New Testament Eschatology.Doctoral thesis, Durham University.

JOHNSON, BEN,JM (2012) A Reading of the David and Goliath Narrative in Greek and Hebrew. Doctoral thesis, Durham University.

PIERCE, CHAD (2009) Spirits and the Proclamation of Christ: 1 Peter 3:18-22 in Its Tradition-Historical and Literary Context. Doctoral thesis, Durham University.

WEE, LEONARD,KONG-HWEE (2012) Beyond the Echoes: Extending the Framework for Biblical Intertextuality. Doctoral thesis, Durham University.

University of Glasgow Online Theses


The University of Glasgow provides its PhD theses online, including many in the area of biblical studies. The full text is available for most theses, although some recent ones are embargoed until a future date.

The Glasgow Theses Service includes, as examples:

Miller, Susan E. (2002) Women in Mark’s gospel. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

Pyper, Hugh Scott (1993) ‘David as reader’: 2 Samuel 12: 1-15 and the poetics of fatherhood. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

Stiebert, Johanna (1998) The construction of shame in the Hebrew Bible: the prophetic contribution. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.