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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Codex Vaticanus online

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Codex Vaticanus (B), containing the Greek Old Testament and Greek New Testament, is available for viewing online, made available by the Vatican Library.

 

“Searching for Goliath”: Aren Maeir’s Skype Lecture on the Philistines and Tell es-Safi/ “Gath”

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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

Benjamin Dunning on Universalism in the Philosopher’s Paul and Sexual Difference

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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 AgambenAlain 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.

Women Biblical Scholars site

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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.

 

Religion and the Feminist Movement Conference

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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:

 

 

 

Program

Introduction

  • Ann Braude, Director, Women’s Studies in Religion Program, Harvard Divinity School

Welcome

  • 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

Closing Discussion

  • Clarissa Atkinson, Harvard Divinity School, and all conference panelists
  • Moderator: Bernadette Brooten, Brandeis University

Adele Reinhartz: “The Gospel of John and the ‘Parting of the Ways'”

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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.

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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: Lectures on Ephesians and Colossians

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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.

 

Markus Barth Ephesians, Colossians Lecture 1

Markus Barth-Ephesians, Colossians Lecture 2

Markus Barth-Ephesians, Colossians Lecture 3

Markus Barth- Ephesians, Colossians Lecture 4

Markus Barth- Ephesians, Colossians Lecture 5

Markus Barth Ephesians, Colossians Lecture 6

 

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