Introduction to the Talmud

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Associate Professor Barry Scott Wimpfheimer (Northwestern University) is the instructor for an online course (MOOC) on the Talmud, commencing April 18, 2016. The course is called “The Talmud: A Methodological Introduction“, and may be taken either at certificate level (for US$50) or audited for free.

The Talmud is one of the richest and most complicated works of literature the world has ever known. Since being composed around 1500 years ago it has inspired not only religious reverence but significant intellectual engagement. In this course learners will be introduced to the unique characteristics of this text and the challenges that inhere in studying it while studying a chapter of the Talmud. Students of the course can expect to develop an appreciation for how the Talmud works and why it continues to inspire religious and intellectual devotion. They will be challenged to employ critical reading skills and to analyze legal and historical concepts.

Enroll online here.

 

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Free Online Harvard Course: Religious Literacy – Traditions and Scriptures

Harvard University are offering a free online course (MOOC) entitled “Religious Literacy: Traditions and Scriptures” (HDS 3221.1x), commencing March 1, 2016. Register online here. The course is run by Professor Diane L. Moore and Anna Mudd.

Course Description:
Religions have functioned throughout human history to inspire and justify the full range of agency from the heinous to the heroic.  Their influences remain potent at the dawn of the 21st century in spite of modern predictions that religious influences would steadily decline in concert with the rise of secular democracies and advances in science.  Understanding these complex religious influences is a critical dimension of understanding modern human affairs across the full spectrum of endeavors in local, national, and global arenas. The Religious Literacy module focuses onhow to recognize, understand, and analyze religious influences in human experience with a special emphasis on the role of scriptures.   We’ll explore this way to think about religion through case studies related to themes such as gender and sexuality, conflict and peace, science, the arts, and the interpreted other. 

What you’ll learn

  • Tools for how to interpret the roles religions play in contemporary and historic contexts;
  • How religions are internally diverse
  • How religions evolve and change
  • How religions are embedded in all human cultures
  • The strengths and limitations of learning about religions through their scriptures.

While you can take the course according to your own pace, it will be rolled out as follows:

 
Week One:
Tuesday, March 1: Day One – Introduction to Religious Literacy
Thursday, March 3: Day Two – The Cultural Studies Approach
Friday, March 4: Live Online Discussion from 3:00pm-4:00pm EST
           
Week Two:
Tuesday, March 8: Day Three – Cultural Violence and Cultural Peace
Thursday, March 10: Day Four – Synthesis of the Method: Country Profiles
Mid-Term Assessment
Friday, March 11: Live Online Discussion from 3:00pm-4:00pm EST
 
Week Three:
Tuesday, March 15: Day Five – What is Scripture?
Thursday, March 17: Day Six – The Role of Canon
Friday, March 18: Live Online Discussion from 3:00pm-4:00pm EST
 
Week Four:
Tuesday, March 22: Day Seven – Interpreting Scripture
Thursday, March 24: Day Eight – The Limitations of Scripture
Final Assessment
Friday, March 25: Live Online Discussion from 3:00pm-4:00pm EST
 
Post Course Gathering:
March 29: 6:00pm at the Ed Portal in Allston, MA

Biblical Studies Online podcast: An interview with Ward Blanton on Paul, politics and philosophy

wardblantonThe latest Biblical Studies Online podcast (BSO06) is now available on iTunes for download here or, for non-iTunes users, here. It is an interview with Ward Blanton, Reader in Biblical Cultures and European Thought, University of Kent. Blanton talks about Paul, politics, philosophy, Jewishness, revolutionary thinking, Pauline studies, and his book, A Materialism for the Masses: St Paul and the Philosophy of Undying Life (Columbia University Press, 2014).

Interview with Francesca Stavrakopoulou, Hebrew Bible Scholar: “I don’t like to be a token anything”

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Stephen Knight interviews Professor Francesca Stavrakopoulou (University of Exeter) about her work as a biblical scholar, biblical scholarship, feminism, her views on religion, and rituals for dealing with the dead. The interview was Episode 65 in the Godless Spellchecker’s Podcast series.

Available on Mp3iTunes and Stitcher.

We talk the historicity of Jesus, Sunday morning television barneys, Richard Dawkins, Feminism, faith schools, the destruction of ancient temples in Palmyra, the Qur’an pages found in Birmingham and why she loves corpses! Also, Star Wars or Star Trek?

Introduction to Hebrew Bible Course: Missouri State University

Dr. John T. Strong (Missouri State University) presents a series of 37 lectures introducing the Hebrew Bible, as part of his course, REL 101: Literature and World of the Hebrew Bible.

 

 
 Literature and World of the Hebrew Bible: Lecture 1 – Introduction and Overview 1

Literature and World of the Hebrew Bible: Lecture 2 – Introduction and Overview 2

41:33
Literature and World of the Hebrew Bible: Lecture 3 – The Geography of Palestine

30:17
Literature and World of the Hebrew Bible: Lecture 4 – A Brief History of Ancient Israel 1

43:08
Literature and World of the Hebrew Bible: Lecture 5 – A Brief History of Ancient Israel 2

48:10
Literature and World of the Hebrew Bible: Lecture 6 – Authorship and Writing in Ancient Israel

47:25
Literature and World of the Hebrew Bible: Lecture 7 – Intro to Deuteronomistic Literature & Book

32:55
Literature and World of the Hebrew Bible: Lecture 8 – Discussion of Selected Laws of Deuteronomy

41:53
Literature and World of the Hebrew Bible: Lecture 9 – Overview of the Deuteronomistic History

53:28
Literature and World of the Hebrew Bible: Lecture 10 – Archaeology 1

48:28
Literature and World of the Hebrew Bible: Lecture 11 – Archaeology 2

21:48
Literature and World of the Hebrew Bible: Lecture 12 – Joshua

50:57
Literature and World of the Hebrew Bible: Lecture 13 – The Book of Judges

33:21
Literature and World of the Hebrew Bible: Lecture 14 – Warfare in the Ancient Near East

41:37
Literature and World of the Hebrew Bible: Lecture 15 – Life Under the Israelite Monarchy

49:46
Literature and World of the Hebrew Bible: Lecture 16 – Overview of the Priestly Literature

49:55
Literature and World of the Hebrew Bible: Lecture 17 – Ancient Near Eastern Parallel Literature

50:32
Literature and World of the Hebrew Bible: Lecture 18 – The Primeval History and the Pentateuch

46:30
Literature and World of the Hebrew Bible: Lecture 19 – Stories of Israel’s Ancestors

36:45
Literature and World of the Hebrew Bible: Lecture 20 – The Exodus from the Land

46:22
Literature and World of the Hebrew Bible: Lecture 21 – Leviticus and Numbers

45:15
Literature and World of the Hebrew Bible: Lecture 22 – Sampling: Ezra, Nehemiah & Chronicles

46:42
Literature and World of the Hebrew Bible: Lecture 23 – Warrior Imagery: Ancient Near East

34:30
Literature and World of the Hebrew Bible: Lecture 24 – The Tradition of D and P

37:15
Literature and World of the Hebrew Bible: Lecture 25 – Overview of Prophecy in Israel

44:02
Literature and World of the Hebrew Bible: Lecture 26 – Amos and Hosea

44:14
Literature and World of the Hebrew Bible: Lecture 27 – Isaiah

34:37
Literature and World of the Hebrew Bible: Lecture 28 – Jeremiah

37:12
Literature and World of the Hebrew Bible: Lecture 29 – Ezekiel

46:10
Literature and World of the Hebrew Bible: Lecture 30 – Haggai and Zechariah

33:01
Literature and World of the Hebrew Bible: Lecture 31 – The Religions of Israel

48:34
Literature and World of the Hebrew Bible: Lecture 32 – Job

38:55
Literature and World of the Hebrew Bible: Lecture 33 – Apocalypticism

36:46
Literature and World of the Hebrew Bible: Lecture 34 – The Book of Daniel

48:21
Literature and World of the Hebrew Bible: Lecture 35 – The Dead Sea Scrolls 1

49:02
Literature and World of the Hebrew Bible: Lecture 36 – The Dead Sea Scrolls 2

59:47
Literature and World of the Hebrew Bible: Lecture 37 – Summary of the Course

33:48

University of Chester Guides for PhD Students

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The University of Chester provides a series of seminars on video aimed mainly at PhD students, but also useful for other researchers in biblical studies, theology, and religion. The seminars currently available are as follows:

Vivas Video Archive

Research Methods Video Archive

Study Skills Video Archive

Conferences Video Archive

Student Experience Video Archive

Research Ethics

Justin Meggitt’s website and online publications

The website of Justin Meggitt (Institute of Continuing Education, University of Cambridge) includes details of his projects such as the Origins of Christianity, Religion, Magic and Medicine in Antiquity, and Open Access and the Humanities. It also includes PDFs of publications, such as ‘Popular Mythology in the Early Empire and the Multiplicity of Jesus Traditions’ and ‘Taking the Emperor’s Clothes Seriously: The New Testament and The Roman Emperor’.

BSO Podcast: Chris Keith on Social Memory and Historical Jesus Studies

The latest BSO online interview is now available for download from iTunes or streaming from here. In BSO5 James Crossley interviews Chris Keith. Chris Keith is Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity and Director of the Centre for the Social-Scientific Study of the Bible at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, London.

BSO interviews Chris Keith, discussing some of the most contentious areas in historical Jesus studies today. This include: social memory, the so-called criteria of authenticity, form criticism, and various issues in historical Jesus studies.

Relegere: Studies in Religion and Reception (Journal)

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Relegere: Studies in Religion and Reception is an online, open-access journal “dedicated to the promotion and dissemination of innovative research in reception history, broadly conceived, within and across religious traditions”.

Many of the articles relate to the reception of the Bible and other Jewish and Christian texts, in the arts (including literature, film, and painting), culture, history, philosophy, politics, etc.

The journal also boasts an extensive collection of reviews in biblical studies and reception.

The journal is edited by Sean Durbin, Deane Galbraith, James Harding, Eric Repphun, and Will Sweetman.

Yale Bible Study on Romans, with David L. Bartlett and Harold W. Attridge

Over eight videos, David L. Bartlett (Yale Divinity School) and Harold W. Attridge (Yale Divinity School) discuss Paul’s letter to the Romans.

The conversation is part of the Yale Bible Study Series presented in cooperation with The Congregational Church of New Canaan in New Canaan, CT.

The videos are accompanied by study materials on Romans, made available by the Congregational Church of New Canaan.

Romans, 1-3: Big Human Problem, Bigger Divine Solution

 

Romans, 4: Faith’s Poster Boy

Romans, 5: Living in Hope

Romans, 6: New Lord, New Life

Romans, 7-8: From Flesh to Spirit

Romans, 9-11: History Matters

Romans, 12-13: The Transformed Community

Romans, 14-16: The Generous Welcome

Yale Bible Study on Mark, with David L. Bartlett and Allen R. Hilton

Over eight videos, David L. Bartlett (Yale Divinity School) and Minister Allen R. Hilton discuss the Gospel of Mark.

The conversation is part of the Yale Bible Study Series presented in cooperation with The Congregational Church of New Canaan in New Canaan, CT.

The videos are accompanied by study materials on the Gospel of Mark, made available by the Congregational Church of New Canaan.

Mark, 1:1-3:35: Popularity Breeds Contempt

Mark, 3:7 – 4:34: What Kinds of Kingdom?

Mark, 4:35 – 6:29: Jesus, Thou Art All Compassion

Mark, 6:30 – 8:26: Dense Disciples?

Mark, 8:27 – 10:52: Who is He? Who are We?

Mark, 11:1 – 13:36: A Healthy Insomnia?

Mark, 14:1 – 15:47: A Soldier’s Epiphany

Mark, 16:1 – 8: The Empty Tomb Effect

Yale Bible Study on Second Isaiah, with Stephen L. Cook and Robert R. Wilson

Over eight videos, Stephen L. Cook (Virginia Theological Seminary) and Robert R. Wilson (Yale Divinity School) discuss Second Isaiah.

The conversation is part of the Yale Bible Study Series presented in cooperation with The Congregational Church of New Canaan in New Canaan, CT.

The videos are accompanied by study materials on Second Isaiah, made available by the Congregational Church of New Canaan.

Isaiah 6:1-9:21: The Prophetic Messenger and his Message

Isaiah 10–12: God’s Felling of Pride, Making Way for New Growth

Isaiah 34—39: Promise in the Context of Renewed Judgment

Isaiah 40:1-31: The Fulfillment of the Divine Word: God’s Faithfulness to Israel

Isaiah 41:1–44:23: God’s Coming Vindication and Deliverance

Isaiah 44:24-48:22: The Agents of God’s Redemption

Isaiah 49:1–52:12: God’s Servant and God’s Bride

Isaiah 2, Isaiah 52:13–55:13: The Arm of God Manifest in Suffering

Yale Bible Study on Revelation, with Harold W. Attridge and David L. Bartlett

Over eight videos, Harold W. Attridge (Yale Divinity School) and David L. Bartlett (Yale Divinity School) discuss the book of Revelation.

The conversation is part of the Yale Bible Study Series presented in cooperation with The Congregational Church of New Canaan in New Canaan, CT.

The videos are accompanied by study materials on Revelation, made available by the Congregational Church of New Canaan.

Yale Bible Study on Hebrews, with Harold W. Attridge and David L. Bartlett

Over eight videos, Harold W. Attridge (Yale Divinity School) and David L. Bartlett (Yale Divinity School) discuss the book of Hebrews.

The conversation is part of the Yale Bible Study Series presented in cooperation with The Congregational Church of New Canaan in New Canaan, CT.

The videos are accompanied by study materials on Hebrews, made available by the Congregational Church of New Canaan.

Yale Bible Study on Exodus, with Joel S. Baden and John J. Collins

Over eight videos, Professor Joel S. Baden (Yale Divinity School) and John J. Collins (Yale Divinity School) discuss the book of Exodus.

The conversation is part of the Yale Bible Study Series presented in cooperation with The Congregational Church of New Canaan in New Canaan, CT.

The videos are accompanied by study materials on Exodus, made available by the Congregational Church of New Canaan.