The actual audio files for all episodes for the 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 download. To download episodes, right click the “Download” link and choose “Save link as…”.
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; to download, right click and choose “Save link as”)
Podcast 8.2: Predecessors of Satan from Canaan and Israel (Download).
Podcast 8.3: Predecessors of Satan from Persia (Download)
Podcast 8.4: Other Predecessors of Satan from the Hebrew Bible (Download)
Podcast 8.5: Fallen Angels in 1 Enoch (ca. 225 BCE) (Download).
Podcast 8.6: Mastema in Jubilees and Beliar in the Dead Sea Scrolls (ca. 100 BCE) (Download)
Podcast 8.7: The Devil and Beelzebub in Early Biographies of Jesus (70-100 CE) (Download)
Podcast 8.8: Internal Functions of the Rhetoric of Satan in Paul and John (ca. 50-110 CE) (Download)
Podcast 8.9: A Satanic Empire in John’s Apocalypse (ca. 80-100 CE) (Download)
Podcast 8.10: Jealous Satan, the Image of God, and the Serpent in the Life of Adam and Eve (Download)
Podcast 8.11: The Jealous Creator and the Serpent of Wisdom in Gnosticism (2nd century CE) (Download)
Podcast 8.12: Satan’s Demons and the Greco-Roman Gods in the Church Fathers (2nd-3rd centuries CE) (Download)
Podcast 8.13: Satan as Father of Lies and Heresy in the Church Fathers (2nd-4th centuries CE) (Download)
Podcast 8.14: Satan’s Home, Part 1 – Cultural Origins Of Hell (Download)
Podcast 8.15: Satan’s Home, part 2 – The Birth of Judean Hell in 1 Enoch (Download)
Podcast 8.16: Satan’s Home, part 3 – Developments among Early Jesus Followers (Download)
Podcast 8.17: Satan’s Home, part 4 – Tortures in Hell and Christ’s Descent (Download)
Podcast 8.18: Satan’s Home, part 5 – Medieval Depictions and Dante’s Inferno (Download)
Podcast 8.19: Satan and Demons in Everyday Life in the Middle Ages (Download)
Podcast 8.20: Witchcraft Accusations and Pacts with the Devil (1400-1600) (Download)
Podcast 8.21: The Devil and Internal Struggles of the Reformation Period (1500s) (Download)
Podcast 8.22: Milton’s Traditional Satan in Paradise Lost (1600s) (Download)
Podcast 8.23: Goethe’s Ironic Mephistopheles (1700s-1800s) (Download)
Podcast 8.24: Satanic Imagery And Conspiracies In Modern Culture (Download)
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”)
Podcast 7.2: Origins part 1 – Ancient Near Eastern Combat Myths (Download)
Podcast 7.3: Origins part 2 – Zoroastrian apocalypticism (Download)
Podcast 7.4: Origins part 3a – Israelite Prophets 1 (Download)
Podcast 7.5: Origins part 3b – Israelite Prophets 2 (Download)
Podcast 7.6: 1 Enoch – An Introduction to the Earliest Apocalypse (Download)
Podcast 7.7: 1 Enoch – Fallen Angels in Early Apocalypticism (Download)
Podcast 7.8: Introduction to Daniel’s Historical Apocalypse (Download)
Podcast 7.9: Daniel’s Visions as Veiled History (Download)
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”)
Podcast 6.2: Social, Religious, and Burial Activities of Associations (Download)
Podcast 6.3: Judean and Christian Groups as Associations (Download)
Podcast 6.4: Associations and Greco-Roman Society (The City) (Download)
Podcast 6.5: Associations and the Roman Empire (Download)
Podcast 6.6: Approaches to Studying Ethnic Associations and Identities (Download)
Podcast 6.7: Phoenician Immigrant Associations, part 1 (Download)
Podcast 6.8: Phoenician Immigrant Associations, part 2 (Download)
Podcast 6.9: Judean Immigrant Associations, part 1 (Download)
Podcast 6.10: Judean Immigrant Associations, part 2 (Download)
Podcast 6.11 Jesus Groups as Associations and Cultural Minorities, part 1 (Download)
Podcast 6.12: Jesus Groups as Associations and Cultural Minorities, part 2 (Download)
Podcast 6.13: Cultural Minority Associations and Ethnic Stereotypes, part 1 (Download)
Podcast 6.14: Cultural Minority Associations and Ethnic Stereotypes, part 2 (Download)
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…”)
Podcast 5.2: Studying the Historical Jesus – Sources and Problems, part 2 (Download)
Podcast 5.3: Studying the Historical Jesus – Sources and Problems, part 3 (Download)
Podcast 5.4: Scholarly Portraits of the Historical Jesus, part 1 – Crossan (Download)
Podcast 5.5: Scholarly Portraits of the Historical Jesus, part 2 – Sanders (Download)
Podcast 5.6: Jesus, Galilee, and Israelite History, part 1 – To the Second Temple (Download
Podcast 5.7: Jesus, Galilee, and Israelite History, part 2 – To the Time of Jesus (Download)
Podcast 5.8: Jesus, the Galilean and Judean (Download)
Podcast 5.9: Jesus in the Context of Educated Groups and Leaders (Download)
Podcast 5.10: Jesus and his Mentor, John the Baptizer (Download)
Podcast 5.11: Jesus as Teacher, part 1 – Method and Content (Download)
Podcast 5.12: Jesus as Teacher, part 2 – Present or Future Kingdom? (Download)
Podcast 5.13: Jesus as Healer and Exorcist (Download)
Podcast 5.14: Jesus as Prophet (Download)
Podcast 5.15: Jesus as Messianic King? (Download)
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…”)
Podcast 4.2: A City and Its Patron Deity – Artemis of Ephesus (Download)
Podcast 4.3: Salvation from the Gods – Asklepios at Pergamum (Download)
Podcast 4.4: Messages from the Gods – Apollo at Claros and Didyma (Download)
Podcast 4.5: Justice from the Gods in Lydia (Download)
Podcast 4.6: Honouring the Emperors as Gods (Download)
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…”)
Podcast 3.2: A Schism in John’s Community, part 2 (Download)
Podcast 3.3: Docetic and Judaizing Opponents of Ignatius (Download)
Podcast 3.4: Docetic and Judaizing Opponents of Ignatius, part 2 (Download)
Podcast 3.5: Diversity in Asia Minor – A Regional Case Study (Download)
Podcast 3.6: Sources for the Study of Diversity – Gnostic, Apocryphal, Patristic (Download)
Podcast 3.7: Jewish Followers of Jesus, part 1 – Ebionites (Download)
Podcast 3.8: Jewish Followers of Jesus, part 2 – Pseudo-Clement (Download)
Podcast 3.9: Marcionites and the Unknown God (Download)
Podcast 3.10 Introducing Gnostic Worldviews (Download)
Podcast 3.11: Secret Book of John, part 1 – The Spiritual Realm (Download)
Podcast 3.12: Secret Book of John, part 2 – Salvation from the Material Realm (Download
Podcast 3.13: The Wisdom of Jesus Christ and Middle Platonism (Download)
Podcast 3.14: The Gospel of Philip, part 1 – Ideas of Salvation (Download)
Podcast 3.15: The Gospel of Philip, part 2 – Ritual Enactments of Salvation (Download)
Podcast 3.16: The Gospel of Mary – Secret Knowledge from the Ultimate Disciple (Download)
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…”)
Podcast 2.2: Mark’s portrait of Jesus – Suffering Son, part 1 (Download)
Podcast 2.3: Mark’s portrait of Jesus – Suffering Son, part 2 (Download)
Podcast 2.4: Matthew’s portrait of Jesus – New Moses, part 1 (Download)
Podcast 2.5: Matthew’s portrait of Jesus – New Moses, part 2 (Download)
Podcast 2.6: Luke’s Portrait of Jesus – Prophet Elijah, part 1 (Download)
Podcast 2.7: Luke’s Portrait of Jesus – Prophet Elijah, part 2 (Download)
Podcast 2.8: John’s Portrait of Jesus – Son and Word, part 1 (Download)
Podcast 2.9: John’s Portrait of Jesus – Son and Word, part 2 (Download)
Podcast 2.10: Hebrews’ Portrait of Jesus – Highpriest Melchizedek, part 1 (Download)
Podcast 2.11: Hebrews’ Portrait of Jesus – Highpriest Melchizedek, part 2 (Download)
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…”)
Podcast 1.2: The Situation at Thessalonica (Download)
Podcast 1.3: Paul’s response to Jesus-followers at Thessalonica (Download)
Podcast 1.4: Paul and the followers of Jesus at Corinth, part 1 (Download)
Podcast 1.5: Paul and the followers of Jesus at Corinth, part 2 (Download)
Podcast 1.6: Paul and the followers of Jesus at Corinth, part 3 (Download)
Podcast 1.7: Paul and the situation in Galatia (Download)
Podcast 1.8: Paul’s response to the Galatians (Download)
Podcast 1.9: Paul and the situation at Rome (Download
Podcast 1.10: Paul’s response to the Romans (Download)
Podcast 1.11: Legacies of Paul – Women’s leadership, part 1 (Download)
Podcast 1.12: Legacies of Paul – Women’s leadership, part 2 (Download)
Thanks for listening, and glad you find this interesting.
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.
Johan van den Bos
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 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.
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
These are fantastic! Thank you so much for making these available. They’re very useful to an aspiring religious studies scholar.
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.
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.
Thanks for the encouragement, Rich!
This is fascinating stuff! I’m excited for many hours of listening! Thank you for making this free and available for download.
You are welcome! Thanks for listening.
I am very interested in listening to these podcasts, but every time I try to play them I get an error saying ‘Not Found’. When I try to download them I get a ‘Failed – Network error’. Is there any other options? Thanks
Hello Ben, Perhaps it’s a problem at your end or with your connection? When I go on this page and click the download option it opens it up to play, when I right click and “save link as” it saves fine, and when I press the flash play button it plays fine. Was there a specific episode that didn’t work for you?
Hello, it appears that your link to podcast 8.17 is broken. The rest of the links seem to work fine.
Thoroughly enjoy listening to these lectures. I have learned alot.
This is my second time through.
By the way, I also tried to download 8.17: Satan’s Home, part 4 – Tortures in Hell and Christ’s Descent and found it to be a dead link.
Thank you very much for the podcast! I am presently finishing up listening to most of them a second time. I especially enjoyed the information on the origins of apocalypticism and Satan. You demonstrated well how the Bible shows the influence of combat myths, Zoroastrianism, and the intertestimental works and/or the icultural milieu that gave rise to them. I was raised with the apocalyptic worldview, which is difficult to shake. Your podcast has been invaluable in my waking up to reality:
We are not living in the end times. (45% of Americans think we are.) I don’t need to be enslaved to these ancient myths. I can be free!
This is the best podcast ever published.
Hi there! I just wanted to drop a line of thanks for this podcast. I was raised atheist in the US Bible Belt and am just now getting around to reading the Bible. I find a lot of it hard to figure out since I’m lacking a lot of historical context. I’ve struggled to find books or groups or anything to help me with this since I want to avoid theological stuff. As such, I was really excited to come across this! It’s nicely accessible to a layperson plus it gives me some context and some resources to look at in the future. I’ll admit, the background on Hell and Satan is how I stumbled across the podcast, but I’ve started listening to the other series, too, because I find it helpful for understanding the general historical times and such. I’ll probably keep listening as I keep on reading through the Bible. All this to say, I really appreciate that you took the time to do this. Thank you.
I have been enjoying your podcasts immensely. And repeatedly – it takes me a few listens to take each of them in.
Thank you very much, Professor Harland, all the way from Australia.
Good stuff. I listened to the podcasts when they were originally on line, and downloaded all of them. I found them again through the Biblical Studies Online site, and downloaded them once more (can’t have too much of a good thing). Excellent work. Many thanks.
Hope all is well with you, take care.
I’m so grateful these podcasts are still around! I found them roughly ten or so years ago and have begun to listen to them once again. I really believe that these courses would be so beneficial to people today, in that it would help them better understand the religion they adhere to. Thank you for creating these and making them freely available to people.