Podcast (series 1-8)

The actual audio files for all episodes in the Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean podcast are accessible on my podcast collection page on archive.org (in various file formats and sizes), but I am presenting all episodes from all completed series (in reverse order) here on one page for easy access.  To listen to episodes here, simply press play.  To download episodes, right click the “Download” link and choose “Save link as…”.

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Series 8: A Cultural History of Satan – Personified Evil in Early Judaism and in Christianity (Nov 2013-till the end)

Podcast 8.1: A Cultural History of Satan – Predecessors of Satan from Mesopotamia (Download ; right click and choose “Save link as”)

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Podcast 8.2: Predecessors of Satan from Canaan and Israel (Download).

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Podcast 8.3: Predecessors of Satan from Persia (Download)

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Podcast 8.4: Other Predecessors of Satan from the Hebrew Bible (Download)

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Podcast 8.5: Fallen Angels in 1 Enoch (ca. 225 BCE) (Download).

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Podcast 8.6: Mastema in Jubilees and Beliar in the Dead Sea Scrolls (ca. 100 BCE) (Download)

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Podcast 8.7: The Devil and Beelzebub in Early Biographies of Jesus (70-100 CE) (Download)

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Podcast 8.8: Internal Functions of the Rhetoric of Satan in Paul and John (ca. 50-110 CE) (Download)

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Podcast 8.9: A Satanic Empire in John’s Apocalypse (ca. 80-100 CE) (Download)

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Podcast 8.10: Jealous Satan, the Image of God, and the Serpent in the Life of Adam and Eve (Download)

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Podcast 8.11: The Jealous Creator and the Serpent of Wisdom in Gnosticism (2nd century CE) (Download)

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Podcast 8.12: Satan’s Demons and the Greco-Roman Gods in the Church Fathers (2nd-3rd centuries CE) (Download)

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Podcast 8.13:  Satan as Father of Lies and Heresy in the Church Fathers (2nd-4th centuries CE) (Download)

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Podcast 8.14: Satan’s Home, Part 1 – Cultural Origins Of Hell (Download)

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Podcast 8.15: Satan’s Home, part 2 – The Birth of Judean Hell in 1 Enoch (Download)

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Podcast 8.16: Satan’s Home, part 3 – Developments among Early Jesus Followers (Download)

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Podcast 8.17: Satan’s Home, part 4 – Tortures in Hell and Christ’s Descent (Download)

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Podcast 8.18: Satan’s Home, part 5 – Medieval Depictions and Dante’s Inferno (Download)

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Podcast 8.19: Satan and Demons in Everyday Life in the Middle Ages (Download)

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Podcast 8.20: Witchcraft Accusations and Pacts with the Devil (1400-1600) (Download)

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Podcast 8.21: The Devil and Internal Struggles of the Reformation Period (1500s) (Download)

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Podcast 8.22: Milton’s Traditional Satan in Paradise Lost (1600s) (Download)

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Podcast 8.23: Goethe’s Ironic Mephistopheles (1700s-1800s) (Download)

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Podcast 8.24: Satanic Imagery And Conspiracies In Modern Culture (Download)

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Series 7: Visions of the End: Origins of Judean Apocalypticism (9 episodes, Oct 2012-Oct 2013)

Podcast 7.1: Visions of the End – What is Apocalypticism? (Download; right click and choose “Save link as”)

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Podcast 7.2: Origins part 1 – Ancient Near Eastern Combat Myths (Download)

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Podcast 7.3: Origins part 2 – Zoroastrian apocalypticism (Download)

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Podcast 7.4: Origins part 3a – Israelite Prophets 1 (Download)

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Podcast 7.5: Origins part 3b – Israelite Prophets 2 (Download)

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Podcast 7.6: 1 Enoch – An Introduction to the Earliest Apocalypse (Download)

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Podcast 7.7: 1 Enoch – Fallen Angels in Early Apocalypticism (Download)

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Podcast 7.8: Introduction to Daniel’s Historical Apocalypse (Download)

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Podcast 7.9: Daniel’s Visions as Veiled History (Download)

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Series 6: Associations in the Greco-Roman World (14 episodes, April 2011-Oct 2012)

Podcast 6.1: Introduction to Associations in the Greco-Roman World (Download; right click and choose “Save link as”)

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Podcast 6.2: Social, Religious, and Burial Activities of Associations (Download)

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Podcast 6.3: Judean and Christian Groups as Associations (Download)

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Podcast 6.4: Associations and Greco-Roman Society (The City) (Download)

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Podcast 6.5: Associations and the Roman Empire (Download)

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Podcast 6.6: Approaches to Studying Ethnic Associations and Identities (Download)

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Podcast 6.7: Phoenician Immigrant Associations, part 1 (Download)

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Podcast 6.8: Phoenician Immigrant Associations, part 2 (Download)

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Podcast 6.9: Judean Immigrant Associations, part 1 (Download)

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Podcast 6.10: Judean Immigrant Associations, part 2 (Download)

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Podcast 6.11 Jesus Groups as Associations and Cultural Minorities, part 1 (Download)

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Podcast 6.12: Jesus Groups as Associations and Cultural Minorities, part 2 (Download)

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Podcast 6.13: Cultural Minority Associations and Ethnic Stereotypes, part 1 (Download)

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Podcast 6.14: Cultural Minority Associations and Ethnic Stereotypes, part 2 (Download)

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Series 5: The Historical Jesus in Context (14 episodes, Jan 2010-April 2011)

Podcast 5.1: Studying the Historical Jesus – Sources and Problems, part 1 (Download; right click and choose “Save Link As…”)

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Podcast 5.2: Studying the Historical Jesus – Sources and Problems, part 2 (Download)

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Podcast 5.3: Studying the Historical Jesus – Sources and Problems, part 3 (Download)

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Podcast 5.4: Scholarly Portraits of the Historical Jesus, part 1 – Crossan (Download)

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Podcast 5.5: Scholarly Portraits of the Historical Jesus, part 2 – Sanders (Download)

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Podcast 5.6: Jesus, Galilee, and Israelite History, part 1 – To the Second Temple (Download

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Podcast 5.7: Jesus, Galilee, and Israelite History, part 2 – To the Time of Jesus (Download)

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Podcast 5.8: Jesus, the Galilean and Judean (Download)

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Podcast 5.9: Jesus in the Context of Educated Groups and Leaders (Download)

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Podcast 5.10: Jesus and his Mentor, John the Baptizer (Download)

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Podcast 5.11: Jesus as Teacher, part 1 – Method and Content (Download)

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Podcast 5.12: Jesus as Teacher, part 2 – Present or Future Kingdom? (Download)

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Podcast 5.13: Jesus as Healer and Exorcist (Download)

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Podcast 5.14: Jesus as Prophet (Download)

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Podcast 5.15: Jesus as Messianic King? (Download)

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Series 4: Honouring the Gods in the Roman Empire: Asia Minor (6 episodes; Sept 2009-Nov 2009)

Podcast 4.1: Introduction to Honouring the Gods (Download; right click and choose “Save Link As…”)

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Podcast 4.2: A City and Its Patron Deity – Artemis of Ephesus (Download)

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Podcast 4.3: Salvation from the Gods – Asklepios at Pergamum (Download)

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Podcast 4.4: Messages from the Gods – Apollo at Claros and Didyma (Download)

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Podcast 4.5: Justice from the Gods in Lydia (Download)

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Podcast 4.6: Honouring the Emperors as Gods (Download)

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Series 3: Diversity in Early Christianity: “Heresies” and Struggles (16 episodes, Oct 2008-June 2009)

Podcast 3.1: Introduction to Diversity – A Schism in John’s Community, part 1 (Download; right click and choose “Save Link As…”)

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Podcast 3.2: A Schism in John’s Community, part 2 (Download)

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Podcast 3.3: Docetic and Judaizing Opponents of Ignatius (Download)

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Podcast 3.4: Docetic and Judaizing Opponents of Ignatius, part 2 (Download)

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Podcast 3.5: Diversity in Asia Minor – A Regional Case Study (Download)

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Podcast 3.6: Sources for the Study of Diversity – Gnostic, Apocryphal, Patristic (Download)

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Podcast 3.7: Jewish Followers of Jesus, part 1 – Ebionites (Download)

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Podcast 3.8: Jewish Followers of Jesus, part 2 – Pseudo-Clement (Download)

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Podcast 3.9: Marcionites and the Unknown God (Download)

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Podcast 3.10 Introducing Gnostic Worldviews (Download)

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Podcast 3.11: Secret Book of John, part 1 – The Spiritual Realm (Download)

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Podcast 3.12: Secret Book of John, part 2 – Salvation from the Material Realm (Download

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Podcast 3.13: The Wisdom of Jesus Christ and Middle Platonism (Download)

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Podcast 3.14: The Gospel of Philip, part 1 – Ideas of Salvation (Download)

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Podcast 3.15: The Gospel of Philip, part 2 – Ritual Enactments of Salvation (Download)

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Podcast 3.16: The Gospel of Mary – Secret Knowledge from the Ultimate Disciple (Download)

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Series 2: Early Christian Portraits of Jesus (11 episodes, Feb 2008 – Sept 2008)

Podcast 2.1: Introduction to the Gospels as Portraits of Jesus Download (right click and choose “Save Link As…”)

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Podcast 2.2: Mark’s portrait of Jesus – Suffering Son, part 1 (Download)

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Podcast 2.3: Mark’s portrait of Jesus – Suffering Son, part 2 (Download)

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Podcast 2.4: Matthew’s portrait of Jesus – New Moses, part 1 (Download)

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Podcast 2.5: Matthew’s portrait of Jesus – New Moses, part 2 (Download)

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Podcast 2.6: Luke’s Portrait of Jesus – Prophet Elijah, part 1 (Download)

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Podcast 2.7: Luke’s Portrait of Jesus – Prophet Elijah, part 2 (Download)

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Podcast 2.8: John’s Portrait of Jesus – Son and Word, part 1 (Download)

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Podcast 2.9: John’s Portrait of Jesus – Son and Word, part 2 (Download)

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Podcast 2.10: Hebrews’ Portrait of Jesus – Highpriest Melchizedek, part 1 (Download)

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Podcast 2.11: Hebrews’ Portrait of Jesus – Highpriest Melchizedek, part 2 (Download)

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Series 1: Paul and his Communities (12 episodes, Oct 2007-Feb 2008)

Podcast 1.1: Paul in his own words (Download; right click and choose “Save Link As…”)

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Podcast 1.2: The Situation at Thessalonica (Download)

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Podcast 1.3: Paul’s response to Jesus-followers at Thessalonica (Download)

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Podcast 1.4: Paul and the followers of Jesus at Corinth, part 1 (Download)

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Podcast 1.5: Paul and the followers of Jesus at Corinth, part 2 (Download)

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Podcast 1.6: Paul and the followers of Jesus at Corinth, part 3 (Download)

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Podcast 1.7: Paul and the situation in Galatia (Download)

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Podcast 1.8: Paul’s response to the Galatians (Download)

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Podcast 1.9: Paul and the situation at Rome (Download)

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Podcast 1.10: Paul’s response to the Romans (Download)

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Podcast 1.11: Legacies of Paul – Women’s leadership, part 1 (Download)

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Podcast 1.12: Legacies of Paul – Women’s leadership, part 2 (Download)

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Podcast 8.19: Satan and Demons in Everyday Life in the Middle Ages

This episode considers some Medieval perspectives on Satan and demons, considering stories of everyday interactions between humans and demons and looking at the role of Satan within one particular movement, the Cathars.

Podcast 8.19: Satan and Demons in Everyday Life in the Middle Ages (mp3; archive.org page with various downloading options here).

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Podcast 8.18: Satan’s Home, part 5 – Medieval Depictions and Dante’s Inferno

This episode discusses some medieval images of Satan and Hell with a special focus on Dante’s Inferno.

Podcast 8.18: Satan’s Home, part 5 – Medieval Depictions and Dante’s Inferno (mp3; archive.org page with various downloading options here).

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Podcast 8.17: Satan’s Home, part 4 – Tortures in Hell and Christ’s Descent

This episode looks at images of torture in hell that are first seen in the Apocalypse of Peter before going on to the notion of Christ’s descent into hell to rescue prisoners in other writings, including the so-called Gospel of Nicodemus.

Podcast 8.17: Satan’s Home, part 4 – Tortures in Hell and Christ’s Descent (mp3; archive.org page with various downloading options here).

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Podcast 8.16: Satan’s Home, part 3 – Developments among Early Jesus Followers

This episode looks at how certain followers of Jesus, including the authors of Revelation and the gospels, expressed their notions of Hell and the afterlife.

Podcast 8.16: Satan’s Home, part 3 – Developments among Early Jesus Followers (mp3; archive.org page with various downloading options here).

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Podcast 8.15: Satan’s Home, part 2 – The Birth of Judean Hell in 1 Enoch

This episode situates the emergence of Hell and notions of an afterlife within Judean apocalypticism in light of the earliest reference to the punishment of fallen angels in 1 Enoch (ca. 225 BCE).

Podcast 8.15: Satan’s Home, part 2 – The Birth of Judean Hell in 1 Enoch (mp3; archive.org page with various downloading options here).

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Podcast 8.14: Satan’s Home, Part 1 – Cultural Origins Of Hell

This episode looks at cultural predecessors of Hell and the afterlife in the Ancient Near East, Israel and Persia, setting the stage for discussion of Judean and Christian developments in the following episodes.

Podcast 8.14: Satan’s Home, Part 1 – Cultural Origins Of Hell (mp3; archive.org page with various downloading options here).

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Podcast 8.13: Satan as Father of Lies and Heresy in the Church Fathers

This episode looks at how the rhetoric of Satan and demons played a role in internal debates and the construction of “heresies” in the era of the so-called Church Fathers (2nd-4th centuries).

Podcast 8.13:  Satan as Father of Lies and Heresy in the Church Fathers (2nd-4th centuries CE) (mp3; archive.org page with various downloading options here).

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  2. john d`Auria

    Thankyou from someone having moved to southern Bulgaria, little realised, until stumbling upon your websites – esp. podcasts – how central Asia Minor was to what was to become early Christianity. Epi- centre…not back of beyond!

  3. Johan van en Bos

    Hallo Philip A. Harland,
    I am Dutch, 52 years old, father of two almost adult children and teacher (elementary school) with a passion for early Christianity. It is only now that I seriously take it up studying this subject.
    Doing it academically to me is not an option because I’ve been reading about for decades and among others I am a follower of the Gilles Quispel, the Dutch church historian (or to better say was, because he past away in 2006)

    When I stumbled upon your website, with that immeasurable number of podcast, exactly in my line of interest, I was happily surprised and I took up executing my old intention.
    Your series of podcasts and the book ‘Who wrote the gospels’ by Burton L. Mack is my starting position. Of course there are lots of others that I will involve later but for now these seemingly inexhaustible sources will do.

    I want to thank you for putting all your thorough work on the Net.
    It gave me the motivation to, instead of reading randomly, take it up get more organised.

    Yours faithfully,
    Johan van den Bos
    Klaroenstraat 16
    2287 CK
    Rijswijk
    Holland

  4. Ned Gibson

    Hello Professor Harland,

    I am a recent graduate of Rutgers University and I am seriously considering a career in Hermeneutical studies and Biblical History. I have been a listener of your podcast for a couple years now and I was hoping you might have some advice for how I might begin a career in these fields. I was wondering, how would someone actually get into such fields (after getting a PhD)? How does one begin to conduct research? Do you conduct your own research or are you strictly a professor? Any advice, recommendations or further assistance would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you,
    Ned Gibson

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  8. Scott Carlson

    Dr. Harland,
    Thank you for your podcasts and other resources on early Christianity, especially regarding the Apostle Paul. I am teaching a course on the Pauline Epistles at a Lay Church Leader Training Institute and found your material helpful.
    Sincerely,
    Scott Carlson

  9. Tracy Cramer

    Wow, I really can’t express how much I appreciate your making these very accessible lectures available to the public. Thank you!

    I’ve read a lot in the last two years, (Meier, Sanders, Fredrikson, Ehrman, and Vermes) but I feel your courses fill in a lot of the assumed background information.

    I am just now finishing your outstanding Series 7, (having only listened to Series 7) and have written down the books you mention, but I am wondering if you have put together a bibliography for all the other series of lectures. Also, are there any study materials at your website?

    These podcasts should really get a wider audience!

    Thank you again, tracy

  10. Samuel H. Bolton

    These are fantastic! Thank you so much for making these available. They’re very useful to an aspiring religious studies scholar.

  11. Ethan

    When is the next podcast coming out!? It’s been months and the second one on church fathers is still not here! 8.13!

    Also, is there a series 9 planned? I’m currently relistening to 1-8 and would love more!

    Thanks so much for the podcast!

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  15. Steven Barker

    Thank you so much! I’ve been listening to you for years and have learned many valuable things. Ancient religion/early christianity… they’re tricky topics– you’ve helped me gain some perspective. I’ve got to keep learning, though. So much to learn! Thanks again.

  16. Rich Hershey

    Dear Mr. Harland,

    I am writing to congratulate you on this very fine series of podcasts. I have listened through all of the episodes on Christianity, and about half on the origins of Satan. I must say that this is quite a service you provide, free of charge, and it speaks volumes about your love of the subject and the quality of your expertise. I only wish I could attend one of your courses, as the podcasts are clearly recorded lectures, and I can only imagine how enriching it would be to work through the material in a more formal classroom setting. Nevertheless, I am currently listening to the podcasts on Christian origins for a second (and in some cases even third) time, and will likely keep going back until all of the information sticks (there’s a lot to take in!). Thanks so much for this, it’s really of the highest quality, and so important for understanding one of the world’s most influential religions.

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