Adela Yarbro Collins on Scripture and Women in Revelation


Professor Adela Yarbro Collins delivered the 29th Carmichael-Walling Lectures at Abilene Christian University on November 12, 2015. Videos of both lectures are available.

The book of Revelation is rich in both Scriptural allusion and symbolic imagery. The first lecture will provide an overview and critical assessment of scholarship on intertextuality in Revelation, highlighting the book’s use of Scripture. The second lecture will consider female symbols in Revelation, particularly focusing on the symbolic woman of Revelation 17 often referred to as “The Whore of Babylon.”

Intertextuality in the Book of Revelation

Women as Symbols in the Book of Revelation


Rachel Rosenthal on Ruth and Peloni Almoni

Rachel Rosenthal delivers a lecture at the 2013 Limmud Conference, “It’s Not Right, But It’s OK: A Characterization of Wisdom and Halachah”, which examines the Book of Ruth and the mysterious figure “Peloni Almoni” (Bug-a-Lugs).



Steve Moyise on N.T. Wright’s Misunderstanding of Paul’s Use of the Old Testament


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

James Kugel: How to Read the Bible

Professor James Kugel (Harvard University) discusses Jewish interpretation of the Bible, in two lectures for the Eshkolot project, May 29-30, 2011.

Prof. of Literature James Kugel (Harvard) talks of how the Jewish tradition of textual interpretation evolved and how, in its, turn, it changed our understanding of the Bible.

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Part 2:

A handout is available in Russian.

James Kugel – From Text to Interpretation: How the Bible Came to Mean Some of the Strange Things It Means

James Kugel delivered a 2013 lecture in the Burke Lectureship on Religion and Society series, on the topic of the rewriting or reinterpretation of the Bible in the period ca. 300 BCE to 200 CE. The lecture, “From Text to Interpretation: How the Bible Came to Mean Some of the Strange Things It Means“, is available in audio and video formats.

James Kugel, director of the Institute for the History of the Jewish Bible at Bar Ilan University, argues that the Hebrew Bible was, from the beginning, the Interpreted Bible. In the third and second centuries B.C.E. – well before the last books of the Bible were written – groups of interpreters were puzzling over the stories of Abraham and Sarah, Jacob and Esau, and other ancient figures. Their interpretations were often fanciful, and sometimes wildly inventive, but their grasp of the very idea of the Bible is still with us and continues to influence today’s readers.