Ernest Renan on Christian Origins

Seven volumes of Ernest Renan’s History of the Origins of Christianity are available online and for free download courtesy of ccel.org.

History of the Origins of Christianity. Book I. Life of Jesus

History of the Origins of Christianity. Book II. The Apostles

History of the Origins of Christianity. Book III. Saint Paul

History of the Origins of Christianity. Book IV. The Antichrist

History of the Origins of Christianity. Book V. The Gospels

History of the Origins of Christianity. Book VI. The Reigns of Hadrian and Antoninus Pius. (A.D. 117-161)

History of the Origins of Christianity. Book VII. Marcus-Aurelius

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Beyond Old and New Perspectives on Paul: Conference on Douglas Campbell’s book The Deliverance of God

Douglas CampbellVideo and audio of the papers from the Beyond Old and New Perspectives on Paul conference are available online, care of Grace Communion International. The conference discusses Douglas Campbell’s The Deliverance of God: An Apocalyptic Rereading of Justification in Paul (Eerdmans, 2009), and took place at King’s College London on December 16-17, 2011.

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Day 1 – The Problem                                                                Main Session     Q&A
Session 1 – Opening Remarks & Presuppositional Issues

  • Opening Remarks on the recent debate: Chris Tilling, St. Mellitus
  • The Presuppositional theological issues: Alan Torrance, St. Andrews 
  • The view from the Reformation: Graham Tomlin, St. Mellitus
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Session 2 – Arian versus Athanasian Readings of Paul

  • The capture of Paul’s Gospel by Arianism: Douglas Campbell, Duke
  • Campbell’s Apocalyptic Gospel and Pauline Athanasianism: Chris Tilling 
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Session 3 – Towards the Elimination of the Arian Reading

  • Connecting the dots: one problem, one text, and the way forward:
       Douglas Campbell
  • Response: David Hilborn, St. Mellitus
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Day 2 – A Solution                                                                     Main Session     Q&A
Session 4 – The interpretation of Romans 1-3

  • Rereading Romans 1-3: Douglas Campbell
  • Response: Robin Griffith-Jones, Kings College, London
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Session 5 – The interpretation of Paul’s dikaio-language

  • Rereading Paul’s terminology: Douglas Campbell 
  • Response: Scott Hafemann, St. Andrews 
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Session 6 – The interpretation of Paul’s faith language

  • Campell’s proposals concerning “faith” in Deliverance: Chris Tilling  
  • Response: Douglas Campbell
  • Where do we go from here? Jeremy Begbie
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HarvardX Course, Early Christianity: The Letters of Paul

The HarvardX Course, “Early Christianity: The Letters of Paul” is available for free, following registration for the course. It is taught by Laura Nasrallah, Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity. You may register either as an auditor (to merely read the materials and watch the lectures) or to receive a certificate by completing the tests. In either case, you have “complete access to all of the course material, tests, and the online discussion forum”.

The course is available from January 6, 2014.

The course “Early Christianity: The Letters of Paul” explores the context of these letters in the Roman Empire and the impact of these powerful texts today.

The letters of Paul are the earliest texts in the Christian scriptures, written by a Jew at a time when the word “Christian” hadn’t yet been coined. What is the religious and political context into which they emerged? How were they first interpreted? How and why do they make such an enormous impact in Christian communities and in politics today?

Archaeological materials and ancient writings will help you to enter the ancient Mediterranean world and to think about religious groups, power, poverty, health, and the lives of elites and slaves in the Roman Empire. We’ll explore how immediately controversial these letters were, and how these letters are used today to debate relations between Christians and Jews; issues such as love, law, and grace; and topics such as charismatic Christianity, homosexuality, and women’s religious leadership.

Beverly Roberts Gaventa Lectures on Paul

The following lectures were delivered by Beverly Roberts Gaventa to the Women’s Study Program at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities.

The first is ‘Listening to Phoebe Read Romans’ (12 March, 2012) (another version is available here).

The second is ‘Listening to Romans with Junia and Her Sisters’ (13 March, 2012)

Beverly Roberts Gaventa, Princeton Theological Seminary’s Helen H.P. Manson professor of New Testament literature and exegesis, specializes in the interpretation of the Pauline epistles and Luke-Acts. Her numerous publications include “Our Mother Saint Paul” and “Mary: Glimpses of the Mother of Jesus.” In her lectures, Gaventa will bring her feminist theological scholarship to the reading of Romans.

Giorgio Agamben: “Paul, Augustine, and the Will”

Giorgio Agamben discusses Paul, Rom 7 and Augustine on the will (Aug 19, 2011), at the European Graduate School (EGS).

Giorgio Agamben, contemporary philosopher, discusses the Apostle Paul, Christianity, Christian theology, Romans, Saint Augustine, the will, and potentiality. This is the eleventh and final lecture of his 2011 summer seminar. Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland.

Note: the sound quality is sub-par.

N.T. Wright on Paul and the Faithfulness of God

Professor N.T. Wright discusses his book Paul and the Faithfulness of God (2013) at Harvard Divinity School, on Nov 15, 2013.

Wright’s discussion of his book is followed by responses by Giovanni Bazanna (Harvard Divinity School), Katherine Shaner (Wake Forest School of Divinity), and Matthew Potts (Harvard Divinity School), with a response in turn by Wright and a Q&A session at the conclusion.

Wright is the Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of St. Andrews’ School of Divinity.

Paul and the Faithfulness of God at Harvard

Pauline lectures at Villanova University (2008): Fitzmyer, Murphy-O’Connor, Sanders, Nanos, Roberts Gaventa, Aune, Campbell

In 2008 Villanova held a series of lectures relating to the study Paul which are available as videos. They include lectures by:

Joseph A. Fitzmyer (10 September 2008)

Jerome Murphy-O’Connor (10 September 2008)

E.P. Sanders, ‘Is Paul’s Legacy Relevant Today?’ (1 October, 2008)

Mark Nanos, ‘Paul and the Jewish Tradition’ (23 October, 2008)

Beverly Roberts Gaventa, ‘Phoebe Reads a Letter: Reflections on Paul’s Letter to the Romans’ (uploaded 6 February, 2009)

David Aune, ‘What Happened to Paul on the Road to Damascus?’ (uploaded 20 October 2009)

William Campbell, ‘I Rate All Things a Loss: Paul’s Rhetoric of Comparison (uploaded 10 March, 2009)

Philip Harland’s Podcasts on Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean

Philip Harland has an ongoing series of podcasts on a wide range of topics relating to religions of the ancient Mediterranean which are available here. These include:

Series 1: Paul and His Communities

Podcast 1.1 Paul in his own words

Podcast 1.2 The situation at Thessalonica

Podcast 1.3 Paul’s response to Jesus-followers at Thessalonica

Podcast 1.4: Paul and the followers of Jesus at Corinth, part 1

Podcast 1.5: Paul and the followers of Jesus at Corinth, part 2

Podcast 1.6: Paul and the followers of Jesus at Corinth, part 3

Podcast 1.7: Paul and the situation in Galatia

Podcast 1.8: Paul’s response to the Galatians

Podcast 1.9: Paul and the situation at Rome

Podcast 1.10: Paul’s response to the Romans

Podcast 1.11: Legacies of Paul – Women’s leadership, part 1

Podcast 1.12: Legacies of Paul – Women’s leadership, part 2

Series 2: Early Christian Portraits of Jesus

Podcast 2.1: Introduction to the Gospels as Portraits of Jesus

Podcast 2.2: Mark’s portrait of Jesus – Suffering Son, part 1

Podcast 2.3: Mark’s portrait of Jesus – Suffering Son, part 2

Podcast 2.4: Matthew’s portrait of Jesus – New Moses, part 1

Podcast 2.5: Matthew’s portrait of Jesus – New Moses, part 2

Podcast 2.6: Luke’s Portrait of Jesus – Prophet Elijah, part 1

Podcast 2.7: Luke’s Portrait of Jesus – Prophet Elijah, part 2

Podcast 2.8: John’s Portrait of Jesus – Son and Word, part 1

Podcast 2.9: John’s Portrait of Jesus – Son and Word, part 2

Podcast 2.10: Hebrews’ Portrait of Jesus – Highpriest Melchizedek, part 1

Podcast 2.11: Hebrews’ Portrait of Jesus – Highpriest Melchizedek, part 2

Series 3: Diversity in Early Christianity: “Heresies” and Struggles

Podcast 3.1: Introduction to Diversity – A Schism in John’s Community, part 1

Podcast 3.2: A Schism in John’s Community, part 2

Podcast 3.3: Docetic and Judaizing Opponents of Ignatius

Podcast 3.4: Docetic and Judaizing Opponents of Ignatius, part 2

Podcast 3.5: Diversity in Asia Minor – A Regional Case Study

Podcast 3.6: Sources for the Study of Diversity – Gnostic, Apocryphal, Patristic

Podcast 3.7: Jewish Followers of Jesus, part 1 – Ebionites

Podcast 3.8: Jewish Followers of Jesus, part 2 – Pseudo-Clement

Podcast 3.9: Marcionites and the Unknown God

Podcast 3.10 Introducing Gnostic Worldviews

Podcast 3.11: Secret Book of John, part 1 – The Spiritual Realm

Podcast 3.12: Secret Book of John, part 2 – Salvation from the Material Realm

Podcast 3.13: The Wisdom of Jesus Christ and Middle Platonism

Podcast 3.14: The Gospel of Philip, part 1 – Ideas of Salvation

Podcast 3.15: The Gospel of Philip, part 2 – Ritual Enactments of Salvation

Podcast 3.16: The Gospel of Mary – Secret Knowledge from the Ultimate Disciple

Series 4: Honouring the Gods in the Roman Empire: Asia Minor

Podcast 4.1: Introduction to Honouring the Gods

Podcast 4.2: A City and Its Patron Deity – Artemis of Ephesus

Podcast 4.3: Salvation from the Gods – Asklepios at Pergamum

Podcast 4.4: Messages from the Gods – Apollo at Claros and Didyma

Podcast 4.5: Justice from the Gods in Lydia

Podcast 4.6: Honouring the Emperors as Gods

Series 5: The Historical Jesus in Context

Podcast 5.1: Studying the Historical Jesus – Sources and Problems, part 1

Podcast 5.2: Studying the Historical Jesus – Sources and Problems, part 2

Podcast 5.3: Studying the Historical Jesus – Sources and Problems, part 3

Podcast 5.4: Scholarly Portraits of the Historical Jesus, part 1 – Crossan

Podcast 5.5: Scholarly Portraits of the Historical Jesus, part 2 – Sanders

Podcast 5.6: Jesus, Galilee, and Israelite History, part 1 – To the Second Temple

Podcast 5.7: Jesus, Galilee, and Israelite History, part 2 – To the Time of Jesus

Podcast 5.8: Jesus, the Galilean and Judean

Podcast 5.9: Jesus in the Context of Educated Groups and Leaders

Podcast 5.10: Jesus and his Mentor, John the Baptizer

Podcast 5.11: Jesus as Teacher, part 1 – Method and Content

Podcast 5.12: Jesus as Teacher, part 2 – Present or Future Kingdom?

Podcast 5.13: Jesus as Healer and Exorcist

Podcast 5.14: Jesus as Prophet

Podcast 5.15: Jesus as Messianic King?

Series 6: Associations in the Greco-Roman World

Podcast 6.1: Introduction to Associations in the Greco-Roman World

Podcast 6.2: Social, Religious, and Burial Activities of Associations

Podcast 6.3: Judean and Christian Groups as Associations

Podcast 6.4: Associations and Greco-Roman Society (The City)

Podcast 6.5: Associations and the Roman Empire

Podcast 6.6: Approaches to Studying Ethnic Associations and Identities

Podcast 6.7: Phoenician Immigrant Associations, part 1

Podcast 6.8: Phoenician Immigrant Associations, part 2

Podcast 6.9: Judean Immigrant Associations, part 1

Podcast 6.10: Judean Immigrant Associations, part 2

Podcast 6.11 Jesus Groups as Associations and Cultural Minorities, part 1

Podcast 6.12: Jesus Groups as Associations and Cultural Minorities, part 2

Podcast 6.13: Cultural Minority Associations and Ethnic Stereotypes, part 1

Podcast 6.14: Cultural Minority Associations and Ethnic Stereotypes, part 2

Series 7: Visions of the End: Origins of Judean Apocalypticism

Podcast 7.1: Visions of the End – What is Apocalypticism?

Podcast 7.2: Origins part 1 – Ancient Near Eastern Combat Myths

Podcast 7.3: Origins part 2 – Zoroastrian apocalypticism

Podcast 7.4: Origins part 3a – Israelite Prophets 1

Podcast 7.5: Origins part 3b – Israelite Prophets 2

Podcast 7.6: 1 Enoch – An Introduction to the Earliest Apocalypse

Podcast 7.7: 1 Enoch – Fallen Angels in Early Apocalypticism

Podcast 7.8: Introduction to Daniel’s Historical Apocalypse

Podcast 7.9: Daniel’s Visions as Veiled History

Series 8: A Cultural History of Satan – Personified Evil in Early Judaism and in Christianity

Podcast 8.1: A Cultural History of Satan – Predecessors of Satan from Mesopotamia

Podcast 8.2: Predecessors of Satan from Canaan and Israel

Podcast 8.3: Predecessors of Satan from Persia

Podcast 8.4: Other Predecessors of Satan from the Hebrew Bible

Podcast 8.5: Fallen Angels in 1 Enoch (ca. 225 BCE)

Podcast 8.6: Mastema in Jubilees and Beliar in the Dead Sea Scrolls (ca. 100 BCE)

Podcast 8.7: The Devil and Beelzebub in Early Biographies of Jesus (70-100 CE)

Podcast 8.8: Internal Functions of the Rhetoric of Satan in Paul and John (ca. 50-110 CE)

Podcast 8.9: A Satanic Empire in John’s Apocalypse (ca. 80-100 CE)

Podcast 8.10: Jealous Satan, the Image of God, and the Serpent in the Life of Adam and Eve

Podcast 8.11: The Jealous Creator and the Serpent of Wisdom in Gnosticism (2nd century CE)

Podcast 8.12: Satan’s Demons and the Greco-Roman Gods in the Church Fathers (2nd-3rd centuries CE)

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.

James McGrath: New Testament Lectures

James McGrath’s YouTube lectures include a number on New Testament studies:

1. The Infancy Narratives in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke

Lecture on the stories about Jesus’ birth and infancy in the New Testament, by Dr. James F. McGrath, Clarence L. Goodwin Chair in New Testament Language and Literature at Butler University. I apologize that the first sentence and a half got cut off.

2. A Lecture on Crucifixion in Early Christianity

A lecture on the Passion Narratives, focusing on the place of the crucifixion in Paul’s letters and the Gospel of Mark, by Dr. James F. McGrath, Clarence L. Goodwin Chair in New Testament Language and Literature at Butler University in Indianapolis.

3. The Relationships between the Gospels

A lecture on the Synoptic problem (i.e. the relationship between the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke) and on the distinctive features of the Gospel of John, by Dr. James F. McGrath of Butler University in Indianapolis.

4. The Book of Revelation

A class on the Book of Revelation and apocalyptic literature taught by Dr. James F. McGrath, Clarence L. Goodwin Chair in New Testament Language and Literature at Butler University in Indianapolis

The Paul Page

The Paul Page is ‘an expanding website dedicated to exploring recent trends in Pauline studies like “the new perspective on Paul” and “Paul and Empire“‘. The site contains a number of articles, reviews and interviews, such as this interview with E.P. Sanders on Paul, philosophy and context.

Why Study? University of Nottingham Video Series

The Why Study Theology and Religious Studies? series from the University of Nottingham contains various contributions from biblical studies. These include:

Why Study the Didache? with Tom O’Loughlin

Why Study Early Christianity? with Tom O’Loughlin

Why Study Orality? with Tom O’Loughlin

Why Study the Protoevangelium of James? with Tom O’Loughlin

Why Study Rabbinic Judaism? with Holger Zellentin

Why Study Rudolf Bultmann? with Henri Gagey

Why Study Paul’s Letter to the Romans? with Richard Bell

Why Study the Death of Jesus in Paul? with Richard Bell

Why Study St Paul and Israel? with Richard Bell

Why Study the Hebrew Bible? with Carly Crouch

Why Study Prophecy? with Carly Crouch

Why Study Biblical Warfare? with Carly Crouch

Why Study Jesus Christ? with Roland Deines

Why Study the Pharisees? with Roland Deines

Why Study James of Jerusalem? with Roland Deines

Why Study the Old Testament alongside the New? with Margaret Barker

Why Study Hebrew? with Peter Watts

Paula Fredriksen on Paul and Augustine

Paula Fredriksen’s lecture ‘”All Israel Will Be Saved”: Paul and Augustine on the Redemption of the Jews’ for Herman P. and Sophia Taubman Endowed Symposia in Jewish Studies is available on YouTube and uploaded by the University of California Television (UCTV).

In Our Time: Online and Podcasts (BBC Radio 4)

In Our Time is a BBC Radio 4 programme on the history of ideas and is presented by Melvyn Bragg. Its range of episodes are classified under the headings ‘Religion’, ‘History’, ‘Culture’, ‘Philosophy’, and ‘Science’. The format consists of Bragg asking questions to, and leading a discussion with, a panel of academics. There are over 600 episodes – either for listening online and/or download – and the full archive is available here. There are numerous episodes covering topics in biblical studies and relevant areas:

Prophecy (13 June, 2013)

Gnosticism (2 May, 2013)

King Solomon (7 June, 2012)

Judas Maccabeus (24 November, 2011)

The Dawn of the Iron Age (24 March, 2011)

The City [Part 1] (25 March 2010)

The Augustan Age (11 June 2009)

St Paul (28 May, 2009)

Miracles (25 September, 2008)

The Greek Myths (13 March, 2008)

Hell (21 December, 2006)

Heaven (22 December, 2005)

Archaeology and Imperialism (14 April 2005)

Angels (24 March, 2005)

Zoroastrianism (11 November, 2004)

Babylon (3 June 2004)

The Fall (8 April, 2004)

The Alphabet (18 December, 2003)

The Devil (11 December, 2003)

The Apocalypse (17 July, 2003)

The Lindisfarne Gospels (20 February, 2003)

The Soul (6 June 2002)

In addition to the episodes listed above, there are episodes on a range of topics and individuals which will be directly relevant to certain areas of biblical studies research (e.g. Plato, Pliny, Roman satire, Wyclif, Erasmus, Milton, historiography, cultural memory).