Emanuel Tov – The Biblical Dead Sea Scrolls

Professor Emanuel Tov delivered a guest lecture in Scott Chapel, Oklahoma Christian University, in April 2014. The topic was the biblical texts among the scrolls at Qumran.

There is also a heartwarming chat with Oklahoma Christian president John deSteiguer to talk about his childhood, career, and calling:

Bart Ehrman reads the Gospels horizontally: On the discrepancies between the Gospels

On February 25, 2014, Professor Bart D. Ehrman (University of North Carolina) presented “Jesus and the Historian” at the Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

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Biblical scholars have long recognized the discrepancies between the four New Testament Gospels and the difficulties that result in determining who Jesus really was. Can these four Gospels be relied upon to give us an accurate account of Jesus’s words and deeds? Bart brings to bear his analysis and lengthy scholarship to answer this question.

John Barclay: Why did it matter to the early church to give to the poor?

Professor John Barclay (Lightfoot Professor of Divinity at Durham University) delivered a lecture at the Houston Baptist University (HBU) Theology Conference, on April 21, 2015, entitled “‘The poor you have always with you.’ Why it mattered to the early church to give to the poor”

John Barclay is Lightfoot Professor of Divinity at Durham University (UK). After studies in Classics and Theology at Cambridge University, he took his PhD at Cambridge University, and has taught New Testament at Glasgow University (1984-2003) and Durham (2003 onwards). His research has been focused in Pauline studies, in Diaspora Judaism, and in Josephus. He is publishing a book on Pauline theology this summer entitled Paul and the Gift (Eerdmans).

Elon University Conference on Jewish-Christian Relations

The Elon University Conference on Jewish-Christian Relations was held at Sunday, November 17, 2013, at Numen Lumen Pavilion, Elon University. The presentations are available on YouTube.

1:00 pm: Welcoming Remarks
President Dr. Leo Lambert (Elon University)
Dr. Geoffrey Claussen (Elon University)

1:05-2:00 pm: Reading Genesis
– Dr. Marc Bregman (UNC-Greensboro) – “Jewish and Christian Perspectives on the Sacrifice of Isaac”
– Dr. Ellen Haskell (UNC-Greensboro) – “Contesting the Kingdom of Heaven: Rachel as Counterpart to Christ in Medieval Jewish Mysticism”
– Dr. Malachi Hacohen (Duke University) – “Jacob and Esau, Isaac and Ishmael: The Future of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations”
Convener: Dr. Geoffrey Claussen (Elon University)

2:15-3:00 pm: Defining Jewish Identity
– Dr. Lynn Huber (Elon University) – “‘Those Who Say That They Are Jews and Are Not’: The Function of Jewish Identity in the Book of Revelation”
– Dr. James Tabor (UNC-Charlotte) – “Who is a Jew?: A Modern Conundrum with Ancient Roots”
Convener: Dr. Michael Pregill (Elon University)

3:15-4:15 pm: Evangelical-Jewish Relations
 Dr. Shalom Goldman (Duke University), “The Use of Hebrew and Yiddish by British and American Christian Missionaries to Jews: 1870-1970”
– Dr. Yaakov Ariel (UNC-Chapel Hill) – “The Rise of Messianic Judaism”
– Dr. Motti Inbari (UNC-Pembroke) – “The Christian Zionist Response to Israeli Land for Peace Solutions”
Convener: Dr. Jason Husser (Elon University)

4:30-5:15 pm: Jewish and Christian Feminist Ritual Innovation
 Dr. Vanessa Ochs (University of Virginia)
– Dr. Diann Neu (Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual)
Convener: Dr. Toddie Peters (Elon University)

5:30-6:30 pm: The Future of Jewish-Christian Dialogue
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Dr. Stanley Hauerwas (Duke University)
– Dr. Peter Ochs (University of Virginia)
Convener: Dr. Jeffrey Pugh (Elon University)

Closing Remarks: Dr. Jeffrey Pugh (Elon University)

Jon Levenson on the Binding of Abraham in Three Traditions

Dr. Jon Levenson, the Albert A. List Professor of Jewish Studies at Harvard Divinity School, delivered this public lecture at Elon University on March 17, 2015. Levenson spoke about the commonalities and the sharp divisions between traditional Jewish, Christian, and Muslim interpretations of the episode often described as “the binding of Isaac” or “the sacrifice of Isaac.”

David J.A. Clines: The scandal of a male bible

Professor David J.A. Clines delivered the 2015 Ethel M. Wood lecture at King’s College, London on February 24. Clines speaks on the male values within the Bible and the failure of readers to recognize those values. A video of the lecture is available here:

A copy of the paper is available on Academia.edu.

Being a male text, the Bible inevitably enshrines and perpetuates male power, which makes it a problematic text for anyone in the modern world who has some sense of the social injustice of gender inequality. And the scandal of a male Bible, in the second place, is that the Bible’s masculinity is for the most part invisible, hardly ever noticed or mentioned, even in our world that is much more egalitarian than that of the Bible.

Chris Tilling on Adoption, and the Old and New Perspectives on Paul

Dr Chris Tilling delivers a lecture on “Adoption and Justification” in Paul at the Adoption, justification and the hospitality of God conference, held by St Mellitus College, London and the Evangelical Alliance on February 25, 2015.

Further videos from the conference, of a more theological nature, are available here.

Aren Maeir on Philistines and Tell Es-Safi (Gath), at the Collège de France

The Collège de France website has made available the video and audio to a lecture by Professor Aren Maeir on the Philistines and the excavations at Tell Es-Safi (Gath). The lecture was delivered on February 25, 2015 at the Collège de France, and is entitled “New Perspectives on the Philistines in Light of Recent Excavations at Tell Es-Safi – Biblical Gath of the Philistines“.

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Bart Ehrman – The History of the Bible: The Making of the New Testament Canon

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Professor Bart Ehrman delivers a 12-part lecture course on the making of the New Testament, as part of The Great Courses series. The course has been made available on archive.org.

How many of us, Christian or otherwise, are as knowledgeable about the New Testament as we would like to be? Even many who consider themselves Christian find themselves asking some—perhaps even all—of the questions so often posed by those who are not.

What different kinds of books are in the New Testament? When, how, and why were they written? What do they teach? Who actually wrote them? How were they passed forward through history? And, perhaps most important of all, why and how did some books, and not others, come to be collected into what Christians came to consider the canon of scripture that would define their belief for all time?

In The History of the Bible: The Making of the New Testament Canon, Professor Ehrman offers a fast-moving yet thorough introduction to these and other key issues in the development of Christianity.

Drawing on the award-winning teaching skills and style that have made him one of our most popular lecturers—respectful yet provocative, scholarly without sacrificing wit—Professor Ehrman has crafted a course designed to deepen the understanding of both Christians and non-Christians alike.

“The New Testament is appreciated and respected far more than it is known, and that’s not just true among religious people who consider themselves Christian. …

“This set of lectures is designed to provide an introduction to the New Testament for people who recognize or appreciate its cultural importance, or who have religious commitments to it, but who have not yet had a chance to get to know where it came from, what it contains, and how it was transmitted down to us today.

“The focus in this course will be historical, rather than theological. The course does not either presuppose faith or deny faith. It’s based neither on faith nor skepticism. … It’s simply taught from the perspective of history.”

01-12[MusicBrainz (recording)] 7.5 MB The New Testament – An Overview
02-12[MusicBrainz (recording)] 7.2 MB Paul – Our Earliest Christian Author
03-12[MusicBrainz (recording)] 7.0 MB The Pauline Epistles
04-12[MusicBrainz (recording)] 7.1 MB The Problem of Psedonymity
05-12[MusicBrainz (recording)] 7.1 MB The Beginnings of the Gospel Traditions
06-12[MusicBrainz (recording)] 7.0 MB The Earliest Gospels
07-12[MusicBrainz (recording)] 7.1 MB The Other Gospels
08-12[MusicBrainz (recording)] 7.1 MB Apocalypticism and the Apocalypse of John
09-12[MusicBrainz (recording)] 7.2 MB The Copyists Who Gave us Scripture
10-12[MusicBrainz (recording)] 7.1 MB Authority in the Early Church
11-12[MusicBrainz (recording)] 7.0 MB The Importance of Interpretation
12-12[MusicBrainz (recording)] 7.2 MB When Did the Canon Get Finalized?

Steve Moyise on N.T. Wright’s Misunderstanding of Paul’s Use of the Old Testament

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Professor Steve Moyise presents a lecture on NT Wright’s understanding of Paul’s use of scripture” at Newman University, Birmingham, on February 12, 2015.

An mp3 audio file of the lecture is available.

A handout containing the text of the lecture is available, in pdf format.

A second lecture by Steve Moyise examines the question, “Was the Birth of Jesus According to Scripture?”

Lecture notes are available: Birth of Jesus Newman handout.

Powerpoint slides of Was the Birth of Jesus are available in pdf format.

 

h/t: Newman Research Centre for the Bible and its Reception

Thomas Römer on the Evolution of Yahweh and the Invention of God

Professor Thomas Römer (Professor at Collège de France and Universitè de Lausanne) lectures at Brown University, on Feb 10, 2015, on the evolution of Yahweh in biblical and extra-biblical traditions. Römer is also the author of L’Invention de Dieu [The Invention of God] (Seuil, 2014).

We all think of the Bible as a book proclaiming that there is only one God, who is the God of Israel and the God of the universe. Looking more closely, though, we find texts which admit the existence of other gods and which also indicate that Yhwh has not always been the god of Israel. Biblical traditions as well as archeology seem to agree that the origins of Yhwh are to be found somewhere in the “wilderness”. This lecture reconstructs the origins of Yhwh in the wilderness, his encounter with Israel and his transformation into the only God.

Nb. Although, in the YouTube preview, Thomas Römer appears to be delivering his lecture to only one person, there are in fact more people in the audience.

h/t: Jim West

Richard Bauckham on the Geography and Culture of Galilee and Its Fishers

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Dr Richard Bauckham (University of St Andrews) delivered the 2014 Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures on ‘The Sons of Zebedee: The Lives of Two Galilean Fishers’, at the University of Otago. The lectures provide a detailed examination of the geographical-social context of Galilee in the time of Jesus.

The lectures are available on iTunes, and are downloadable in mp4 video and mp3 audio formats:
1) The World of the Lake of Galilee’ – Tuesday 12 August (video) (audio)
2) ‘The Fishing Industry’ – Wednesday 13 August (video) (audio)
3) ‘Zebedee and Sons’ – Thursday 14 August (video) (audio)
4) ‘Called to Fish for People’ – Tuesday 19 August (video) (audio)
5) ‘Sons of Thunder’ – Wednesday 20 August (video) (audio)
6) ‘Jerusalem’ – Thursday 21 August (video) (audio)

From Gods to Man: Angels, Demons and Other

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The Collège de France hosts the videos of papers delivered at the 2014 Seminar in Thomas Römer’s series The Hebrew Bible and Its Contexts, May 19-20, 2014:

 From Gods to Man: Angels, Demons and Other…

The videos are available for download in *.mov format.

Introduction – Collège de France

Michaël Guichard, “Protective Genii and Agents of Evil in Art and Texts (Late III – Early II Millenium BCE)”

Lionel Marti, “Angels or Demons? Divine Beings Seen through the Eyes of Assyrian Wise Men”

Diana Edelman, “Living with Ancestral Spirits in Judah in the iron Age and Persian Period”

Christophe Nihan, “Comparative Imaginary of the Demoniac in Ancient Israelite Traditions, The Dwellers in the Runins in the Book of Isaiah”

Anna Angelini, “Comparative Imaginary of the Demoniac in Ancient Israelite Traditions: The Bestiary of Isaiah in the Septuagint”

Brian Schmidt, “Was There an Early Israelite Pandemonium?”

Dominique Charpin, “Intercession in Mesopotamian Society”

Daniele Garrone, “An Interface with the Deity, a Representative of the People (Exodus 18,19): Moses’ Positions between Yhwh and Israel”

Matthieu Pellet, “The Hero: An Intermediate Figure? Comparative Study of Epic Greek and Old Testament Data”

Marc Philonenko, “The Angels of Heaven and Elements of the Universe”

David Hamidovic, “The Multiple Identities of Metatron in Ancient Judaism: Man, Angel, and God”

Christoph Uehlinger, “Why the Figure of the Revealing Angel?”

Jean-Marie Durand, “The Personal God of the Amorite King and the Success of His Subjects”

Hans-Peter Mathys, “The King: A Key Figure Between God/the Gods and Man”

Dany Nocquet, “The Figure of the Prophet’s Man-Guide in Ezekiel 40-48″

Nils Heessel, “Mesopotamian Demons: Alien and yet Native Powers?”

Youri Volokhine, “Infernal Bes Gods”

Valérie Nicolet-Anderson, “Paul’s Pantheon: An Embarrassment of Riches in the Spirit World”

Bernd Janowski, “The Scapegoat: Notes on a Demoniac Figure from the Old Testament”

Jean Kellens, “Figures of Divine Subordination in Mazdaism”

Bernadette Martel-Thoumian, “Divine Messages and Intermediaries in a Selection of Mamluk Historical Chronologies”

Thomas Römer, “The Need for the Devil”

Thomas Römer, From Gods to Man: Angels, Demons and Other”

David Clines: Varieties of Creation in the Bible

Emeritus Professor David J.A. Clines (University of Sheffield) discusses the different ideas about Creation found in the Bible, criticising the tendency to homogenize these differences. He discusses Genesis 1, Job 38-41, Psalm 104, and various New Testament texts.

His talk was delivered at the New Directions in Cosmology Conference, St John’s College, Durham University, January 10-11, 2013, and is available both on Vimeo and as a pdf.