God, the Bible & 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. Read more...
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. Read more...
In Search of Christian Origins: Lectures on the History of Early Christianity
In Search of Christian Origins, Professor James H. Charlesworth presents a thorough overview of the history of Early Christianity from its beginnings as an obscure Jewish sect in first-century C.E. Israel-Palestine to its dramatic ascension as the religion of the Roman Empire in the fourth century. Read more...