Jennifer Knust on Sexual Desire, Marriage, and Homosexuality in the Bible

Professor Jennifer Wright Knust (Boston University) has delivered various talks related to her book, Unprotected Texts: The Bible’s Surprising Contradictions About Sex and Desire (2011). Three of these are available on YouTube and Vimeo:

“Unprotected Texts: The Bible’s Surprising Contradictions about Sex and Desire”, Massachusetts Bible Society, February 16, 2011

“Sex in the Bible: Bad and Good” (on biblical forms of marriage), Franklin & Marshall College, February 16, 2012

“What the Bible Does (Not) Say About Homosexuality,” Marsh Chapel, Boston University, October 8, 2009 [below average sound quality]

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David Carr examines The Bible and Sex

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Professor David Carr (Union Theological Seminary) provides a 31-minute video lecture on the topic of Sex in the Bible: “Sexuality and the Bible” (February 6, 2015).

31 minutes to get a birds-eye overview of the Old Testament and New Testament views on sex, based on David M. Carr’s book, The Erotic Word: Sexuality, Spirituality and the Bible (Oxford University Press, 2003). See also his more recent, Holy Resilience: The Bible’s Traumatic Origins (Yale University Press, 2014).

Sexuality and the Bible: What the Texts Really Say

In an event organized by Swissnex San Francisco, Thomas Römer, Sarah Shectman, Konrad Schmid, and Steven McKenzie discussed views on homosexuality and sexuality in the Bible and ancient Near Eastern texts. Sexuality and the Bible: What the Texts Really Say was held on November 17, 2011 at Swissnexx San Francisco, and the video is available on Daily Motion.

What does the Bible tell us of the roles of men and women in ancient society and about the importance of gender? From a literary standpoint, do the texts necessarily condemn or condone certain behaviors and lifestyles? In conjunction with the Annual Conference of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature, swissnex San Francisco invites top scholars to discuss the role of sexuality in the Bible and answer some of these questions.

The evening features Thomas Römer, Professor of Hebrew Bible at the Faculty of Theology and History of Religions at the University of Lausanne. His book L’homosexualité dans le Proche Orient ancien et la Bible (Homosexuality in the Ancient Orient), focuses on the Bible as a historical source for analyzing how ancient societies viewed relations between men.

Konrad Schmid, Professor of Old Testament and Early Judaism at the University of Zurich and author of Genesis and the Moses Story: Israel’s Dual Origins in the Hebrew Bible (Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, 2010), presents the Paradise Story in Genesis 2-3 and its view of sexuality and immortality. And Sarah Shectman, author of Women in the Pentateuch: A Feminist and Source-Critical Analysis (Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2009), looks at the varied attitudes toward women’s sexuality in different parts of the Bible, such as the laws in the Pentateuch that treat women’s sexuality as a possession, belonging either to a father or husband, versus the freer view in the Song of Songs where the protagonist appears more in control of her own body.  Steven McKenzie moderates the discussion.

 

Marriage in Biblical and Christian Perspective

A day conference at St Matthew’s Westminster on January 25, 2014 examined the concept of marriage in biblical and historical perspective. The conference was organized by Affirming Catholicism. The audio of each talk at the conference is available on YouTube.

Professor Jorunn Økland (Centre for Gender Studies, Oslo)
Paul, marriage and the New Testament

Dr Cally Hammond (Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge)
Augustine and early church understandings of marriage

Dr Hannah Cleugh (University College, Durham)
Marriage, the Reformation and the BCP

Dr Jeremy Morris (King’s College Cambridge)
Marriage and the Church of England in the nineteenth century

Dr Iain McLean (Nuffield College, Oxford)
Establishment, politics and same-sex marriage after the Pilling Report

Marriage has been much in the news recently. Some are adamant that the Christian ideal of marriage is and can only be between one man and one woman, providing the proper context in which children are conceived and raised. Others understand deep committed relationships to be God-given and marriage-like, regardless of whether they are between a man and a woman, two women, or two men.

Our conference held on Saturday 25 January 2014 at St Matthew’s House Westminster offered an opportunity to consider how marriage is presented in Scripture and how it has been framed through Christian history, and to explore the Church of England’s current position on marriage and same-sex relationships.

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.

Lauren Berkun – “Eshet Hayil: Women Warriors in the Jewish Tradition”

Rabbi Lauren Berkun discusses the motif as women as warriors and saviours in the Hebrew Bible. In so doing, she applies Mary Douglas’s analysis of the body and its boundaries as symbolic of the body politic. The lecture was delivered at the Shalom Hartman Institute, Jerusalem, Israel, July 1, 2014.

 

Public lecture by Christoph Markschies: ‘Origen and Paul: the example of their anthropologies’

Public lecture by Christoph Markschies on ‘Origen and Paul: the example of their anthropologies’ (recorded May 20, 2014; published December 18, 2014)

From the University of Chicago Divinity School:

A public lecture by Christoph Markschies, one of the world’s leading scholars of early Christian studies: “Origen and Paul: The Example of Their Anthropologies.” Markschies holds the Harnack Chair of Church History (Ancient Christianity) at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, where he also served as President from 2006-2010. Prof. Markschies studied Theology, Classics, and Philosophy in Marburg, Jerusalem, and Munich, and received his doctorate (1991) and Habilitation (1994) from the University of Tübingen. The recipient of multiple honorary doctorates, his many publications include seminal studies of such key figures as Valentinus, Origen and Ambrosius. Prof. Markschies is the Vice-President of the Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and a member of the Academy of Erfurt and Heidelberg, the European Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Akademia Europea.

h/t Wayne Coppins

Joel Green: On Doing Without a Soul

Dr. Joel Green delivers a paper at the Neuroscience and the Soul Conference, “On Doing Without a Soul: A New Testament Perspective”, Biola University, May 10, 2013.

Dr. Joel Green discusses the theological anthropology of the New Testament. He argues that the writings of the New Testament do not necessitate a dualist view of human substance. Rather, he argues for a monism that encompasses the physical and non-physical aspects of humanity. Dr. Doug Huffman responds to his argument.

See also, from the same conference:

John Cooper, “Biblical Hermeneutics and the Body-Soul Debate”

Panel Two: Joel Green, Doug Huffman, John W. Cooper, and Jason McMartin

Ziony Zevit on The Fall: “Looking in on Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden”

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On November 10, 2011, Ziony Zevit delivered a lecture on the idea of “the Fall” to the Agudas Achim Congregation, Alexandria, Virginia. The lecture is available as an mp3 and on iTunes.

The idea of  “the Fall” of humanity from divine grace as a result of original sin is deeply ingrained in both Jewish and Christian religious consciousness. Although the idea of the Fall is attested in Jewish writings of the first century BCE, the New Testament, and in Rabbinic texts, it is unknown in the Hebrew Bible.

This lecture looks in on Adam and Eve as they walk through the garden, eavesdrops on their reported conversations, and watches as God drives them out from Eden. Following in their footsteps, as portrayed in Genesis 2 – 4, and reading the biblical text very closely, it undertakes to respond to the following questions and discover why what we think we know is wrong: Why does the Hebrew Bible not consider what happened in the garden a Fall? Why did later thinkers come to think of what happened there as the Fall? And if not a Fall, what did happen there?

Benjamin D. Sommer on God’s Body

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Benjamin D. Sommer presents four lectures on the body or bodies of God, as understood in the Bible and in ancient Near Eastern, Jewish and Christian traditions. The lectures are available in mp3 and on iTunes and were originally delivered at the Dr. Harvey H. Ammerman Memorial Study Retreat, September 2010.

The Bodies of God and the World of Ancient Israel: Part I

Yesh Lo Demut Ha-Guf? Does the Bible’s God Have a Body? Can a human see God? Part one will utilize texts from Isaiah 6, Ezekiel 1-3, Exodus 33-34, Jeremiah 1, Genesis 1, Genesis 3, Exodus 24, and Amos 9 to explore these questions.

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The Bodies of God and the World of Ancient Israel: Part II

How Many Bodies Does God Have? Part two will utilize selected Babylonian and Canaanite texts and selections from Genesis, Exodus, and Hosea to explore this question.

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The Bodies of God and the World of Ancient Israel: Part III

Just One! Just One! Part three will examine The Shem and the Kavod: the Shema, Solomon’s Prayer, other deuteronomic texts, Exodus 39-40, and Ezekiel 8-10.

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The Bodies of God and the World of Ancient Israel: Part IV

God’s Body and Our Own Judaism: Part four will utilize selected New Testament texts, kabbalistic texts, the Anim Zemirot, and the Yigdal.

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Benjamin D. Sommer is Professor of Bible and Ancient Semitic Languages at the Jewish Theological Seminary, and author of The Bodies of God and the World of Ancient Israel (CUP, 2009).

Barbara Rossing: Meeting Paul Again for the First Time

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Dr Barbara Rossing provides a series of lectures on Paul, entitled “Meeting Paul Again for the First Time”, delivered in August 2000 at the Holden Village, which are available on mp3 audio files:

George B. Caird Lectures (1979-82)

Courtesy of Jeffrey B. Gibson and additional work by Matthew D. Montonini and Mark Goodacre “sixty-one of George B. Caird’s lectures on New Testament Theology were recorded from 1979-1982, at Oxford University, where Caird served as the Dean Ireland’s Professor of the Exegesis of Holy Scripture until his untimely passing in 1984.” They are available as audio and links are given on Montonini’s blog, New Testament Perspectives. Caird’s lectures cover issues such as New Testament theology, Pauline theology, Romans, and the Synoptic Problem.

The Human Condition: The Ancient Near East and the Hebrew Bible – Thomas Römer’s 2013 Seminars at the Collège de France

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Videos of Thomas Römer’s 2013 seminars at the Collège de France, entitled The Human Condition: The Ancient Near East and the Hebrew Bible, are 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.

In these seminars, Römer discusses the question of the human condition, drawing on ancient Near Eastern texts such as the Epic of Gilgamesh and, especially, on biblical texts.

07 FEBRUARY 2013, 2:00 pm
Introduction: The Gilgamesh Epic Read as a Reflection on the Human Condition

14 FEBRUARY 2013, 2:00 pm
Man “Image of God” or “Sinner From The Very Beginning”?

21 FEBRUARY 2013, 2:00 pm
Divine Violence, Human Violence

28 FEBRUARY 2013, 2:00 pm
Diversity of Cultures and Languages

21 MARCH 2013, 2:00 pm
Friendship, Love, Sexuality 1/2

28 MARCH 2013, 2:00 pm
Friendship, Love, Sexuality 2/2

04 APRIL 2013, 2:00 pm
Man in the Face of Death

11 APRIL 2013, 2:00 pm
Individual Death and the End of the World – Is Man Able to Imagine an Absolute End?

Christopher Rowland on William Blake, Shaffer Lectures 2008

Christopher Rowland’s Shaffer Lectures on William Blake (‘”From Impulse Not from Rules”:  the Life, Character and Teaching of Jesus in Light of the Prophecy, Poetry and Art of William Blake’) at Yale Divinity School are available on YouTube.

Lecture 1 (October 14, 2008): William Blake on the Life and Teaching of Jesus

Lecture 2 (October 15, 2008): Seeing the Christ: Imagining the Life and Teaching of Jesus in Images

Lecture 3 (October 16, 2008):  Antinomiansm and Forgiveness of Sins: Perspectives on Neglected Themes in the Gospels and the New Testament