God, the Bible and Human Suffering
Professor Bart D. Ehrman explores perhaps the greatest religious and philosophical issue that anyone can grapple with: the problem of suffering. A specialist in the New Testament and early Christianity, Ehrman will guide you through this complex topic, paying particular attention to the Bible’s viewpoint on the problem.
- Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God: Suffering as Punishment
- Suffering Infused with Meaning
- The Last Word Belongs to God
- The Mysteries of the Universe: Suffering as an Inexplicable Problem
God’s Images in the Prophetic Books
Professor Julia M. O’Brien presents several engaging lectures about the many images of God found explicitly and implicitly in the prophetic books of the Old Testament. Many are familiar, such as God as a father or king. Others are perhaps more surprising: Yahweh is “a garland of glory, and a diadem of beauty” (Isaiah 28:5–6) and “will be like the dew to Israel; he shall blossom like the lily” (Hosea 14:5). Professor O’Brien looks at several of these metaphors, attempting to understand them in their ancient Near Eastern context and to confront the difficulties they pose for modern readers.
- Images of God in the Prophetic Books
- God as Warrior in the Prophetic Books
- God as Husband in the Prophetic Books
- God as Father in the Prophetic Books