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“.
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||7.5 MB||The New Testament – An Overview|
|02-12||7.2 MB||Paul – Our Earliest Christian Author|
|03-12||7.0 MB||The Pauline Epistles|
|04-12||7.1 MB||The Problem of Psedonymity|
|05-12||7.1 MB||The Beginnings of the Gospel Traditions|
|06-12||7.0 MB||The Earliest Gospels|
|07-12||7.1 MB||The Other Gospels|
|08-12||7.1 MB||Apocalypticism and the Apocalypse of John|
|09-12||7.2 MB||The Copyists Who Gave us Scripture|
|10-12||7.1 MB||Authority in the Early Church|
|11-12||7.0 MB||The Importance of Interpretation|
|12-12||7.2 MB||When Did the Canon Get Finalized?|
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.
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
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:
The videos are available for download in *.mov format.
Marc Philonenko, “The Angels of Heaven and Elements of the Universe”
Thomas Römer, From Gods to Man: Angels, Demons and Other”
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.
Professor Aren Maeir (Bar Ilan University and director of the Tell es-Safi/Gath Archaeological Project) delivered a lecture on the Philistines called “Searching for Goliath” on January 18, 2015. He lectured from a lab at Tell es-Safi, via Skype, to students from Grand Valley State University (Allendale, Michigan).
H/t: Aren Maeir
Professor Benjamin Dunning presents a lecture on Paul’s universalism, the embodied human, and recent philosophical engagement with Paul by figures such as Stanislas Breton, Giorgio Agamben, Alain Badiou, and Slavoj Žižek. The lecture is entitled “Christ Without Adam: Subjectivity and Sexual Difference in the Philosopher’s Paul”, and is based on his 2014 book of the same title.
Benjamin Dunning discusses his book, Christ Without Adam: Subjectivity and Sexual Difference in the Philosopher’s Paul. Trained in early Christianity as well as critical and feminist theory, Professor Dunning is especially interested in furthering the conversation between the history of Christianity, philosophical theology, and contemporary theories of the subject.
The Women Biblical Scholars site offers a number of interviews with women biblical scholars, along with profiles and reviews.
The goal of this blog is to draw attention to the works of these women and discover what they contribute to our understanding of the biblical text.
Videos are available from the Religion and the Feminist Movement Conference, held at Harvard Divinity School on November 1-3, 2002. The conference included addresses from two notable biblical scholars, Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza and Rosemary Radford Ruether, reflecting on the feminist movement:
- Ann Braude, Director, Women’s Studies in Religion Program, Harvard Divinity School
- William A. Graham, Dean of Harvard Divinity School
Panel I: Religion and “the Movement”
- Charlotte Bunch, President, Center for Women’s Global Leadership, Rutgers University (video)
- Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Co-founder, Ms. magazine (video)
- Roberta Hestenes, minister-at-large, World Vision (video)
- Azizah al-Hibri, President, Karamah: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights (video)
- Moderator: Ann Braude, Harvard Divinity School
Panel II: Feminist Theology
- Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza, Harvard Divinity School (video)
- Judith Plaskow, Manhattan College (video)
- Carol P. Christ, Ariadne Institute (video)
- Moderator: Leila Ahmed, Harvard Divinity School
Mary Daly and the Exodus from Patriarchal Religion
- Introduction: Mary Hunt, Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics, and Ritual
- Speaker: Mary Daly
Panel III: Feminist Theology II
- Rosemary Radford Ruether, Garret-Evangelical Theological Seminary (video)
- Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz, Drew Theological School (video)
- Virginia Mollenkott, Founder, Evangelical and Ecumenical Women’s Caucus (video)
- Riffat Hassan, University of Louisville (video)
- Moderator: Sarah Coakley, Harvard Divinity School
Panel IV: Women Clergy
- Addie Wyatt (Church of God) (video)
- Jeanne Audrey Powers (United Methodist Church) (video)
- Delores S. Williams, Union Theological Seminary (video)
- Betty Bone Schiess (Episcopal Church, USA) (video)
- Moderator: Claudia Highbaugh, Chaplain, Harvard Divinity School
Religion and the Creation of Feminist Consciousness
- Gerda Lerner, University of Wisconsin
Panel V: Outsiders Within
- Vicki Noble, Co-creator, Motherpeace Tarot (video)
- Lois Wilson, Senator for Human Rights, Ontario, Canada (video)
- Margaret Toscano, founder, Mormon Women’s Forum (video)
- Letty Russell, Yale Divinity School (video)
- Moderator: Diana L. Eck, Harvard University
Panel VI: Women’s Organizations
- Nadine Foley, O.P., coordinator, first Women’s Ordination Conference (video)
- Blu Greenberg, President, Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (video)
- Donna Quinn, O.P., cofounder, Women-Church Convergence (video)
- Moderator: Nancy Richardson, Harvard Divinity School
- Clarissa Atkinson, Harvard Divinity School, and all conference panelists
- Moderator: Bernadette Brooten, Brandeis University
Professor Adele Reinhartz (University of Ottawa) presented a paper at Boston College on April 8, 2014 on how the Gospel of John informs the debate about the separation of Christianity from Judaism.
The question of when and how the Jesus movement—one first-century Jewish group among many—became a separate and distinct set of institutions, communities, beliefs, and practices, is perhaps the most contentious issue in the study of early Christianity. A key text in this debate is the Gospel of John, which is thought by many to allude to the expulsion of Jewish believers in Jesus from the synagogue. This lecture examines the ways in which the Fourth Gospel has been used in this debate, and considers the expulsion theory as well as its alternatives in the context of the larger question of the “Parting of the Ways.”
Markus Barth delivered six lectures on Ephesians and Colossians which were published on cassettes by Alba House Communications in 1969. Matthew D. Montonini has converted these to mp3 files, and made them available on Mark Goodacre‘s NT Gateway.
H/t: Matthew D. Montonini
OOTLE15, or the 2015 Open Old Testament Learning Event, is a 13-week introductory course to the Hebrew Bible. The course instructor is G. Brooke Lester, Assistant Professor of Hebrew Scriptures, and Director of Digital Learning, at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.
To join the course, you will need to have a blog and twitter account, and sign up here. The course begins on February 3, 2015, but you can start at any time.
Week One (February 3): Orientation to the course and to the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament
Week Two (February 9): The Writings: Psalms
Week Three (February 16): The Writings: Wisdom
Week Four (February 23): The Writings: Apocalyptic
Week Five (March 2): The Latter Prophets: 8th century prophecy
Week Six (March 9): The Latter Prophets: 7th century prophecy
Week Seven (March 16): The Latter Prophets: Prophecy after Exile
Week Eight (March 23): The Former Prophets: The Deuteronomistic History
Week Nine (March 30): The Former Prophets: Emergence of Israel
Week Ten (April 13): The Former Prophets: United Monarchy & divided monarchies
Week Eleven (April 20): The Pentateuch: Genesis, and the “documentary hypothesis”
Week Twelve (April 27): The Pentateuch: Ancestral Tales, and “Covenant”
Week Thirteen (May 4): The Pentateuch: Sinai, and the “Law”