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.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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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

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.

Yale Bible Study on 1 Corinthians, with David L. Bartlett and Harold W. Attridge

Over nine videos, Professor Harold W. Attridge (Yale Divinity School) and Professor Emeritus David L. Bartlett (Yale Divinity School) discuss 1 Corinthians.

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 1 Corinthians, made available by the Congregational Church of New Canaan.

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

Over eight videos, Professor Harold W. Attridge (Yale Divinity School) and Professor Emeritus David L. Bartlett (Yale Divinity School) discuss the Gospel of John.

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 John, made available by the Congregational Church of New Canaan.

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

Over eight videos, Professor Harold W. Attridge (Yale Divinity School) and Professor Emeritus David L. Bartlett (Yale Divinity School) discuss the Gospel of Luke.

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 Luke, made available by the Congregational Church of New Canaan.

Douglas Moo: Two-Day Intensive Course on Galatians

In July 2014, Professor Douglas J. Moo (Wheaton College) presented his perspective on Galatians, in a two-day intensive course called ‘Galatians: a Letter for Today’, held at Oak Hill College, London.

Douglas J. Moo is the author of the 2013 Baker Exegetical Commentary on Galatians.

Moo-Galatians

 

Says Dr Moo: ‘In this course, we look at the themes of Galatians in their first-century context and then discuss the shape they might take in the church today. My goals are to help us understand the issues in Galatians and Paul’s theology today; to read Galatians faithfully in light of Paul’s own situation; to find ways of appropriating the message of Galatians for today, and be emboldened to proclaim the gospel in our own ministry contexts.’

h/t: Chris Tilling

Introduction to the Dead Sea Scrolls, with Andrew B. Perrin

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Trinity Western University have made public a series of videos developed primarily for students enrolled in the “Introduction to the Dead Sea Scrolls” (RELS 320) course, lectured by Dr Andrew B. Perrin in 2015.

The course provides an introduction to the Dead Sea scrolls within the context of early Judaism.

 

Welcome to RELS 320, Introduction to the Dead Sea Scrolls, at Trinity Western University

6:19
1.1 Orientation to Ancient Judaism

25:25
1.2 Survey of Qumran Library

38:29
  1.3 Qumran Archaeology

46:29
1.4 ReDiscoveries in the Judaean Desert: New Dead Sea Scrolls Finds

20:20
2.1 Jewish Groups and Qumran Identity: Pharisees, Sadducees, or Essenes?

47:02
2.2 A Sketch of Qumran Practice and Belief

49:56
3.1 The Scope and Shape of Scripture among the Dead Sea Scrolls

44:41
3.2 Insights on the Evolution of Scriptural Commentary from the Dead Sea Scrolls

36:43
4.1 Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha at Qumran

32:08
4.2 The Dead Sea Scrolls, Jesus, Paul, and the New Testament

31:43

Notre Dame edX Course: Jesus in Scripture and Tradition

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The University of Notre Dame is offering a free 8-week course called Jesus in Scripture and Tradition, available from June 1, 2015.

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The instructors are Professor Gary Anderson (Hebrew Bible/Old Testament) and John C. Cavadini (Theology). The course can either be taken for free (audited), or at certificate level (at US$50), and in either case you will receive full access to the course materials.

About this course
The Bible says that Jesus was identified as God’s beloved son at his baptism. The same identification was made about Israel in the Old Testament and the disciples of Christ at their baptism. The striking similarity of these titles establishes a tight interrelationship between the people Israel, the person of Jesus Christ, and the church.

In this course, we will explore how a close reading of the book of Genesis, the Gospels, and early Christian writers can shed further light on these relationships and, in so doing, deepen our understanding of the figure of Jesus Christ. Unlike many other treatments, this course does not presume that Jesus’ character can be plumbed solely by an examination of the Gospel stories. The witness of the Jewish scriptures and the lives of the saints are also important sources for this task.

The course will be eight weeks in length and organized around three topical questions:

  • Who is Israel? (primary source material: the book of Genesis)
  • Who is Jesus? (primary source material: the Gospels and the Creeds)
  • Who is the Church? (primary source material: a selection of post-Biblical Christian writers)

No matter what your background in the study of theology, this course will provide a fresh approach to the identify of Jesus Christ that will reveal how the church has explored the unmeasurable depths of his person.

What you’ll learn

  • Recognize major people, places, and events of the Old and New Testament as related to the narratives of Israel and Jesus
  • Reflect on the mysteries of Christ
  • Examine the Church’s relationship to Christ
  • Explore religious questions through study of themes and selected biblical passages
  • Reflect on ways major biblical themes apply to modern life

 

Enroll here.

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