Bible Podcasts

This post is a plug for two podcasts that have kept me entertained on a number of car-rides over the past few months. If you have any interest at all in the Bible or early Christianity, I can’t recommend them enough. There’s a fair amount of overlap on subject matter, at least where it concerns broad themes that you would expect to find in introductory level courses (many of the individual sessions come straight from introductory level lectures given at the respective universities of the two ‘casters).

Mark Goodacre is an associate professor in the department of Religion at Duke Univesity. His NT Pod is delivered with a British accent and a style that keeps (me, at least) awake and interested. He is very interested in the synoptic problem and ably defends the Farrer Hypothesis against the more commonly accepted two-source hypothesis (which argues for a Q source shared by Matthew and Luke, but not Mark). In fact, he argues it so ably, that I have become very sympathetic to this view. I still have questions, and I’m sure there are reasons why consensus still favors the two-source hypothesis, but Goodacre is exactly the kind of contrarian that keeps it interesting and fun. Goodacre also runs NT Blog, which I follow on Google Reader.

Philip Harland is an associate professor at York University in Ontario, Canada, teaching courses on early Christianity. He writes a blog called Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean, and covers a range of topics that include and help to contextualize early Christianity. His podcast is housed along with the blog. I always look forward to new material from him. His Canuck accent is at least as much fun as Goodacre’s British one, especially when it hits you by surprise with an “oat” or “aboat” in the middle of a stream of regular old English.

I’m in the market for more podcasts with a similar focus. If you know a good one, let me know, too! And, if you have a mobile listening device, subscribe to these two and get ready to get a good education!

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