Craig Keener’s Video-Lectures on Acts

Those of you who have not read all of Professor Craig Keener’s 4,640-page, four-volume commentary on the Book of Acts (2012-2015) may enjoy his easy-access series of 23 one-hour video-lectures on Acts (2016):




I. Howard Marshall on the Acts of the Apostles

The late Professor I. Howard Marshall (1934-2015) delivered the 1991 Annual Moore College Lectures on the Acts of the Apostles: “A Fresh Look at the Acts of the Apostles”.

Videos of the lectures in the series are available on Vimeo. All five lectures are also available in mp3 audio format (links below). In the first lecture, Prof Marshall reviews scholarship on Acts; the person introducing Prof Marshall is outspoken Sydney bishop, Peter Jensen.

Prof Marshall was the author of the Tyndale commentary on Acts (1980). A book with the same name as the lecture series, A Fresh Look at the Acts of the Apostles, was published by Anzea Publishers in 1992.

Lecture 1 (August 7, 1991):

Lecture 2 (August 8, 1991).

Lecture 3 (August 9, 1991)

Lecture 4:

Lecture 5:


Amy-Jill Levine: Who Did They Say He Was? Jesus in Text and Context

Professor Amy-Jill Levine (Vanderbilt University) delivered the lecture, “Who Did They Say He Was? Jesus in Text and Context” at Westminster Town Hall, Minneapolis, on March 31, 2015. Levine addresses the question of who Jesus was to the first-century Jews who heard him and sometimes followed him (and sometimes did not).

Stanley Porter: Paul met Jesus before he was crucified


Professor Stanley Porter (McMaster Divinity College) revisits the theory that Paul had met and seen Jesus while the latter was still alive. He presents the theory in four lectures, delivered in the 2014 H. Orton Wiley Lecture Series (Point Loma Nazarene University): “DID PAUL MEET JESUS BEFORE THE DAMASCUS ROAD? The Evidence and the Implications”.

The lectures are available on iTunes, in audio format:

Lecture 1 “What Scholars Have Said in the Past” – Listen on iTunes Wednesday,
February 19, 2014
1:30 – 2:20 pm
Lecture 2 “What Scholars Now Say” – Listen on iTunes Thursday,
February 20, 2014
9:30 – 10:20 am
Lecture 3 “What the Bible Does and Does Not Say” – Listen on iTunes Thursday,
February 20, 2014
1:30 – 2:20 pm
Lecture 4 “The Implications of Paul Having Met Jesus” – Listen on iTunes Friday,
February 21, 2014
11:00 – 11:50 am

Update: Stanley Porter has written a book on which the lectures are based: When Paul Met Jesus: How an Idea Got Lost in History (Cambridge University Press, November 2015)

Mark Goodacre – NT Pod podcasts


Mark Goodacre, Professor of New Testament at Duke University, provides a regular podcast on New Testament scholarship called NT Pod.

The major topics of these podcasts are the Gospels and Jesus scholarship, although Goodacre also addresses topics in Pauline scholarship, the apocryphal gospels, and other aspects of the New Testament. While the podcasts are short and succinct – usually 10 to 15 minutes – they provide clear, accessible, up-to-date, and authoritative overviews of many topics in New Testament scholarship.

C.K. Barrett on Acts


In 1977, Dr Charles Kingsley Barrett delivered four seminars on the book of Acts, which are available on mp3 audio files at the Holden Village audio archive. In addition, there is a “Fireside Chat” with a Q&A session.

Biblical Studies and the University of Nottingham’s Theologians in Conversation

Theologians in Conversation is a video series from the University of Nottingham. The biblical studies videos include:

Margaret Barker and Tom O’Loughlin discuss ‘The Temple and the First Christians’ (19 December, 2012)

Brandon Walker and Tom O’Loughlin discuss ‘Miracles and the Gospels’ (17 July, 2013)

Brandon Walker and Tom O’Loughlin discuss ‘Orality and the Study of Early Christianity’ (9 July, 2013)