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Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean



Portal to my podcast, websites, blog, and publications, providing an entryway into social and religious life among Greeks, Romans, Judeans, Christians, and others in the Roman empire.



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Podcast 8.24: Satanic Imagery and Conspiracies in Modern Culture

Fri, 19 Jun 2015 20:41:16 +0000

This final episode in the series looks at some ways in which Satan still finds a place within modern culture.  After discussing the importance of the film Nosferatu (1922), I discuss Satanic imagery within the country blues (1930s) and rock and roll.  Then I conclude with a discussion of two Satanic conspiracies of the 1980s, […]



Podcast 8.23: Goethe’s Ironic Mephistopheles (ca. 1800)

Fri, 19 Jun 2015 20:37:09 +0000

This episode looks at the modern, ironic portrayal of Mephistopheles in Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Faust (ca. 1800), which suggests some future directions for a relatively harmless and even powerless Satan in the modern period. Podcast 8.23: Goethe’s Ironic Mephistopheles (ca. 1800) (mp3; archive.org page with various downloading options here). Download audio file (Podcast%208.23%20Goethe%27s%20Ironic%20Mephistopheles%20(1700s-1800s).mp3) You […]



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

Wed, 17 Jun 2015 19:40:19 +0000

This episode looks at the way in which John Milton (in Paradise Lost) pulled together many different elements into an early modern epic of a traditional Satan with some notable twists. Podcast 8.22: Milton’s Traditional Satan in Paradise Lost (1600s) (mp3; archive.org page with various downloading options here). Download audio file (Podcast%208.22%20Milton%27s%20Traditional%20Satan%20(1600s).mp3) You may also subscribe […]



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

Wed, 17 Jun 2015 16:06:30 +0000

In this episode, I explore how Devilish images and stories were used to combat enemies during the Reformation period (1500s), finishing with a discussion of Menno Simons’ piece on identifying the Antichrist. Podcast 8.21: The Devil and Internal Struggles of the Reformation Period (1500s) (mp3; archive.org page with various downloading options here). Download audio file […]



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

Mon, 15 Jun 2015 15:02:19 +0000

This episode looks at the place of Satan or the Devil in witchcraft accusations of the period 1400-1600, building on Robin Briggs’ theory expounded in Witches and Neighbors: The Social and Cultural Context of European Witchcraft (London: Penguin Books, 1998). Podcast 8.20: Witchcraft Accusations and Pacts with the Devil (1400-1600) (mp3; archive.org page with various […]



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

Thu, 11 Jun 2015 22:45:07 +0000

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). Download audio file […]



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

Thu, 11 Jun 2015 15:17:08 +0000

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). Download audio file (Podcast%208.18%20Satan%27s%20Home%20part%205%20%E2%80%93%20Medieval%20Depictions%20and%20Dante%27s%20Inferno.mp3) You may also subscribe to this and subsequent episodes through iTunes or another podcatcher.



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

Thu, 11 Jun 2015 14:15:45 +0000

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; […]



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

Thu, 11 Jun 2015 14:03:59 +0000

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). Download audio file (Podcast%208.16%20Satan%27s%20Home%20part%203%20-%20Developments%20among%20Early%20Jesus-Followers.mp3) You may also subscribe to this […]



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

Thu, 11 Jun 2015 14:00:32 +0000

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 […]



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

Thu, 11 Jun 2015 13:49:38 +0000

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). Download audio file […]



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

Wed, 10 Jun 2015 13:46:59 +0000

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). […]



Oenomaus of Gadara on Detection of Deceivers and on Divination

Tue, 10 Feb 2015 22:52:25 +0000

In connection with a course I am teaching, I have prepared an accessible version of Oenomaus’ critique of deceptive oracles and placed it on archive.org: Oenomaus of Gadara, Detection of Deceivers, or Charlatans Exposed (Γοήτων φώρα).  This work was cited in Eusebius, Praeparatio Evangelica = Preparation for the Gospel 5.18-36 and 6.7 (translation with modifications […]



Podcast 8.12: Satan’s Demons and the Greco-Roman Gods in the Church Fathers

Fri, 07 Nov 2014 14:08:44 +0000

In the first of two episodes dealing with the Church Fathers, here I look at how Justin Martyr and Origen contribute to the story of Satan and his demons in countering external opponents. Podcast 8.12: Satan’s Demons and the Greco-Roman Gods in the Church Fathers (2nd-3rd centuries CE) (mp3; archive.org page with various downloading options […]


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

Sun, 05 Oct 2014 02:36:13 +0000

Here I examine “On the Origin of the World” (one of the writings found at Nag Hammadi), which attributes to the creator God (Yaldabaoth) of the Hebrew Bible many of the negative attributes and motivations found in developing stories about Satan.  The result is a Satanic creator god and a wise serpent in the garden […]


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GRA II: North Coast of the Black Sea, Asia Minor — Book now out!

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 15:27:36 +0000

Nice to finally have a copy of my new book in hand now.  This one took more than 10 years (off and on) Philip A. Harland, Greco-Roman Associations Texts, Translations, and Commentary, Volume II: North Coast of the Black Sea, Asia Minor  (Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft 204; Berlin: de Gruyter, 2014), 565 […]



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

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:51:20 +0000

Here I discuss the expanded story of Adam and Eve that emerged around the turn of the common era as a way of explaining the motivations of Satan (primarily jealousy) in connection with both the creation of humans in the image of God and the serpent in the garden. Podcast 8.10: Jealous Satan, the Image […]


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

Wed, 02 Jul 2014 22:04:54 +0000

Here I discuss Satan in John’s Apocalypse (Revelation), pointing out how this author pulls together many strands of the story of Satan and does so to demonize an external power: the Roman empire. Podcast 8.9: A Satanic Empire in John’s Apocalypse (ca. 80-100 CE) (mp3; archive.org page with various downloading options here). Download audio file […]


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

Mon, 02 Jun 2014 20:29:36 +0000

Here I introduce Paul’s apocalyptic worldview and go on to discuss the way in which some early Christian authors or leaders (e.g. Paul and the elder John) used the language or rhetoric of Satan or evil personified figures (e.g. Antichrist) to label and combat internal opponents within the Christian communities. Podcast 8.8: Internal Functions of […]


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

Sun, 11 May 2014 15:42:39 +0000

Here I discuss how the authors of the synoptic gospels portray Jesus in conflict with demons and with the Devil. Podcast 8.7: The Devil and Beelzebub in Early Biographies of Jesus (70-100 CE) (mp3; archive.org page with various downloading options here). Download audio file (Podcast%208.7%20The%20Devil%20and%20Beelzebub%20in%20the%20Synoptic%20Gospels.mp3) You may also subscribe to this and subsequent episodes through […]


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

Thu, 03 Apr 2014 12:00:39 +0000

Here I continue to trace the development of evil personified figures in Judean literature around the turn of the first century BCE, focussing on Mastema (Enmity personified) and Beliar or Belial (Worthless One).  I also discuss the Prince of Darkness in the Dead Sea Scrolls. Podcast 8.6: Mastema in Jubilees and Beliar in the Dead […]


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

Fri, 14 Mar 2014 11:19:13 +0000

Here I discuss 1 Enoch’s expanded story of the fallen angels headed by Azazel and Semyaz (based on an interpretation of Genesis 6), which came to play a crucial role in the emerging story of Satan. Podcast 8.5: Fallen Angels in 1 Enoch (ca. 225 BCE) (mp3; archive.org page with various downloading options here). Download […]


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Lost episode from last series – Podcast 7.9: Daniel’s Visions as Veiled History

Tue, 11 Feb 2014 04:10:37 +0000

My apologies that somehow this episode from the last series never got released (ooohh the suspense).  Here it is: Here I further explore the first-person visionary account in Daniel chapters 7-12, our earliest example of an historical apocalypse as veiled history. Podcast 7.9: Daniel’s Visions as Veiled History (mp3; archive.org page with various downloading options here). […]


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http://archive.org/download/Podcast6.9DanielsVisionsAsVeiledHistory/Podcast7.9DanielsVisionsAndVeiledHistory.mp3




Podcast 8.4: Other Predecessors of Satan from the Hebrew Bible

Tue, 04 Feb 2014 23:52:21 +0000

Here I explore other building blocks of Satan’s story from Israelite culture by looking at arrogant foreign kings and angels or messengers of God in the Hebrew Bible. Podcast 8.4: Other Predecessors of Satan from the Hebrew Bible (mp3; archive.org page with various downloading options here). Download audio file (Podcast%208.4%20Other%20Predecessors%20of%20Satan%20in%20the%20Hebrew%20Bible.mp3) You may also subscribe to […]


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http://archive.org/download/Podcast8.4OtherPredecessorsOfSatanInTheHebrewBible/Podcast%208.4%20Other%20Predecessors%20of%20Satan%20in%20the%20Hebrew%20Bible.mp3




Podcast 8.3: Predecessors of Satan from Persia (Zoroastrianism)

Wed, 01 Jan 2014 15:00:05 +0000

Here I discuss the battle between Ahura Mazda and Angra Mainyu in Persian Zoroastrianism in relation to the role of Satan within Judean apocalypticism. Podcast 8.3: Predecessors of Satan from Persia (mp3; archive.org page with various downloading options here). Download audio file (Podcast%208.3%20Predecessors%20from%20Persia.mp3) You may also subscribe to this and subsequent episodes through iTunes or […]


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Podcast 8.2: Predecessors of Satan from Canaan and Israel

Mon, 02 Dec 2013 09:50:58 +0000

This episode continues to consider the centrality of the “combat myth” for the subsequent origins of Satan, considering Ugaritic (Canaanite) and Israelite examples of a god slaying a chaos monster, such as Leviathan. Podcast 8.2: Predecessors of Satan from Canaan and Israel (mp3; archive.org page with various downloading options here). Download audio file (Podcast%208.2%20Predecessors%20from%20Canaan%20and%20Israel.mp3) You […]


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http://archive.org/download/Podcast8.2PredecessorsFromCanaanAndIsrael/Podcast%208.2%20Predecessors%20from%20Canaan%20and%20Israel.mp3




Podcast 8.1: A Cultural History of Satan – Predecessors from Mesopotamia

Fri, 01 Nov 2013 13:50:31 +0000

This series of the podcast investigates the origins, history and functions of personified evil from ancient Judean (Jewish) and Christian culture to modern, Western culture.  We begin with what you might call the pre-history of Satan by exploring the building blocks of what ultimately became the story of Satan within Judean and Christian circles.  The […]


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http://archive.org/download/Podcast8.1PredecessorsFromMesopotamia/Podcast%208.1%20Predecessors%20from%20Mesopotamia.mp3




Podcast 7.8: Introduction to Daniel’s Historical Apocalypse

Thu, 05 Sep 2013 13:00:01 +0000

Here I introduce the “historical apocalypse” of Daniel, including a discussion of the kingdoms in king Nebuchadnezzar’s dream (ch. 2) and the historical context of chapters 7-12 (the visionary apocalypse proper) during the time of the Hellenistic king Antiochus IV Epiphanes (in the 160s BCE). Podcast 7.8: Introduction to Daniel’s Historical Apocalypse (mp3; archive.org page […]


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http://archive.org/download/Podcast6.8IntroductionToDanielsHistoricalApocalypse/Podcast7.8IntroHistoricalApocalypseOfDaniel.mp3




Now available for download: Associations, Synagogues and Congregations (2013 edition)

Wed, 28 Aug 2013 18:20:52 +0000

The new, thoroughly revised edition of my book Associations, Synagogues and Congregations (2013) is now available for download.  On the companion site, you can read part one of the work for free online or download the entire book for a pay-what-you-will price ($0-15).  Simultaneously, I have refurbished and updated my websites for a better look. […]



Where do you want to go?

Mon, 12 Aug 2013 16:24:49 +0000

Associations in the Greco-Roman World: An Expanding Collection of Inscriptions, Papyri and Other Sources (2012) Associations, Synagogues, and Congregations (2nd edition ebook, 2013) Dynamics of Identity in the World of the Early Christians (2009) Travel and Religion in Antiquity (2011) Virtual Tours of Archeological Museums (2004) Harland’s podcast Harland’s publications Harland’s courses Harland’s bio / […]



Podcast 7.7: 1 Enoch – Fallen Angels in Early Apocalypticism

Sun, 05 May 2013 22:45:31 +0000

Here I examine the importance of the story of the fallen angels in 1 Enoch 1-36 for Judean apocalypticism, dealing with the literary genre of the otherworldly or cosmic journey apocalypse. Podcast 7.7: 1 Enoch – Fallen Angels in Early Apocalypticism (mp3; archive.org page with various downloading options here). Download audio file (Podcast7.7FirstEnochAndTheFallenAngels.mp3) You may […]


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http://archive.org/download/Podcast6.61Enoch-FallenAngelsInEarlyApocalypticism/Podcast7.7FirstEnochAndTheFallenAngels.mp3




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

Mon, 01 Apr 2013 12:29:57 +0000

Here I begin to introduce our earliest example of the Judean apocalyptic worldview and our first example of an otherworldly journey apocalypse as a type of literature, 1 Enoch (which most likely dates to about 225-200 BCE).  The next episode examines the so called “Book of Watchers” in 1 Enoch chapters 1-36 in more detail. […]


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http://archive.org/download/Podcast6.51Enoch-AnIntroductionToTheEarliestApocalypse/Podcast7.6FirstEnochIntro.mp3




Podcast 7.5: Origins part 3b – Israelite Prophets 2

Sun, 03 Mar 2013 21:07:02 +0000

Here I continue to discuss the importance of the prophets in the Hebrew Bible for the subsequent development of apocalypticism, dealing with Zechariah and Isaiah 24-27 (sometimes known as the “Apocalypse of Isaiah”). Podcast 7.5: Origins part 3b – Israelite Prophets 2 (mp3; archive.org page with various downloading options here). Download audio file (Podcast7.5OriginsPart3bProphetsZechariahAndIsaiah24-27.mp3) You […]


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Podcast 7.4: Origins part 3a – Israelite Prophets 1

Fri, 01 Feb 2013 22:24:34 +0000

Here I discuss the importance of the prophets in the Hebrew Bible for the subsequent development of apocalypticism, beginning with a survey of important events in the history of Israel and discussion of a passage in Ezekiel (chs. 37-39). Podcast 7.4: Origins part 3a – Israelite Prophecy 1 (mp3; archive.org page with various downloading options […]


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http://archive.org/download/Podcast6.4OriginsPart3a-IsraeliteProphets/Podcast7.4OriginsPart3aProphetsEzekiel.mp3




Podcast 7.3: Origins part 2 – Zoroastrian apocalypticism

Sat, 05 Jan 2013 14:38:02 +0000

Here I turn to Persia (Iran) in order to examine Zoroastrian apocalypticism and its relation to Judean apocalypticism.  This is part of series 6 (Visions of the End: Apocalypticism) of the Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean podcast. Podcast 7.3: Origins part 2 – Zoroastrian apocalypticism (mp3; archive.org page with various downloading options here). Download audio […]


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http://archive.org/download/Podcast6.3OriginsPart2-ZoroastrianApocalypticism/Podcast7.3OriginsPart2Zoroastrianism.mp3




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

Sat, 01 Dec 2012 14:24:44 +0000

Here I go back to the earliest Mesopotamian mythologies (starting about 3000 BCE) about the gods in order to trace a recurring pattern — labelled the “combat myth” by scholars —  that later came to play a role in Judean (Jewish) apocalypticism.  This is part of series 7 (Visions of the End 1: Origins of […]


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Launch of Associations in the Greco-Roman World website

Fri, 02 Nov 2012 12:59:36 +0000

With the November release of Associations in the Greco-Roman World: A Sourcebook (book info), Ascough, Kloppenborg, and I have been busy preparing a companion website that I think you’ll find of some interest: http://philipharland.com/greco-roman-associations/ Basically, users of the site can browse through hundreds of inscriptions (450 so far) involving guilds, immigrant groups, and other associations […]



Podcast 7.1: Visions of the End – What is Apocalypticism?

Thu, 01 Nov 2012 07:10:55 +0000

In this first episode I begin to define apocalypticism with reference to (1) a worldview or ideology focused on an imminent end of the world, (2) social groups that live out that worldview, and (3) a type of writing or genre of literature (e.g. the book of Daniel in the Hebrew Bible and John’s Revelation.in […]


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

Mon, 01 Oct 2012 05:33:04 +0000

This final episode in the series continues the discussion of how negative ethnic stereotypes (including accusations of human sacrifice, cannibalism, and incest) impacted immigrant associations and cultural minorities, including groups of Jesus followers. Podcast 6.14: Cultural Minority Associations and Ethnic Stereotypes, part 2 (mp3; archive.org page with various downloading options here). Download audio file (Podcast6.14CulturalMinorityAssociationsAndEthnicStereotypesPart2.mp3) […]


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

Mon, 03 Sep 2012 13:49:52 +0000

This and the following episode explore ethnic stereotypes as they impacted associations of Judeans and Jesus-followers, placing these groups within the context of ethnic rivalries. In this episode, I discuss common negative stereotypes about Judeans found within writings of the elites, particularly the Roman Tacitus and the Greek Egyptian Apion. Podcast 6.13: Cultural Minority Associations […]


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

Sat, 02 Jun 2012 23:32:50 +0000

Here I continue to discuss groups of Jesus followers in Asia Minor with case studies of 1 Peter and Revelation (John’s Apocalypse), focusing on both indications of identity construction or maintenance and signs of assimilation or acculturation.  This is part of series 6 (Associations in the Greco-Roman World) of the Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean […]


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Podcast 6.11: Jesus Groups as Associations and Cultural Minorities, part 1

Thu, 03 May 2012 22:20:10 +0000

This episode introduces groups of Jesus-followers within the context of associations, Judeans, and cultural minority groups, setting the stage for case studies of Jesus groups in Asia Minor.    This is part of series 6 (Associations in the Greco-Roman World) of the Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean podcast. Podcast 6.11: Jesus Groups as Associations and […]


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Podcast 6.10: Judean Immigrant Associations, part 2

Fri, 02 Mar 2012 13:14:31 +0000

This episode continues the discussion of Judean immigrant associations, turning to archeological evidence for assimilation and integration in the Roman era.    This is part of series 6 (Associations in the Greco-Roman World) of the Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean podcast. Podcast 6.10: Judean Immigrant Associations, part 2 (mp3; archive.org page with various downloading options […]


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Podcast 6.9: Judean Immigrant Associations, part 1

Wed, 01 Feb 2012 15:21:46 +0000

This episode introduces Judean (Jewish) associations or synagogues in the Greek cities of the Roman empire and begins to consider evidence in Josephus’ Judean Antiquities regarding the first century BCE.   This sets the stage for other episodes on the archeological and epigraphic evidence regarding Judean immigrant groups in the Roman era.  This is part […]


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Podcast 6.8: Phoenician Immigrant Associations, part 2

Wed, 04 Jan 2012 03:03:43 +0000

This episode continues the discussion of  Syrian or Phoenician ethnic groups or immigrant associations, moving into the Roman imperial period.  This includes a discussion of two inscriptions involving Israelites (or Samaritans) settled on Delos.  This is part of series 6 (Associations in the Greco-Roman World) of the Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean podcast. Podcast 6.8: Phoenician […]


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Podcast 6.7: Phoenician Immigrant Associations, part 1

Thu, 01 Dec 2011 13:09:35 +0000

This episode involves a case study of Syrian or Phoenician ethnic associations in the ancient Mediterranean, preparing the way for a comparison with other immigrants from the eastern coast of the Mediterranean, especially Israelites and Judeans (Jews).  This episode deals primarily with the Hellenistic period in the second and first centuries BCE and the following […]


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Podcast 6.6: Approaches to Studying Ethnic Associations and Identities

Tue, 01 Nov 2011 18:02:26 +0000

Here I discuss concepts of identity, assimilation, and other sociological and anthropological tools for studying immigrant groups or ethnic associations in the ancient context, preparing the way for an investigation of Phoenician, Judean, and other immigrant groups or cultural minorities. This is part of series 6 (Associations in the Greco-Roman World) of the Religions of […]


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Podcast 6.5: Associations and the Roman Empire

Sat, 01 Oct 2011 13:25:18 +0000

Here I discuss the relation between associations and the Roman empire, including Roman authorities and the emperors. This is part of series 6 (Associations in the Greco-Roman World) of the Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean podcast. Podcast 6.5: Associations and the Roman Empire (mp3; archive.org page with various downloading options here). Download audio file (Podcast6.5AssociationsAndGreco-romanSociety2empire.mp3) […]


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http://www.archive.org/download/Podcast6.5AssociationsAndTheRomanEmpire/Podcast6.5AssociationsAndGreco-romanSociety2empire.mp3




A couple more reviews of Dynamics of Identity

Sat, 17 Sep 2011 03:15:36 +0000

There is a very well-written and thoughtful review of my book out in Journal of Religion by Joshua D. Garroway of Hebrew Union College and the Jewish Institute of Religion.  It was rewarding to hear my arguments accurately explained by someone else, and in this case the reviewer also offers very carefully expressed criticisms of […]



Podcast 6.4: Associations and Greco-Roman Society – The City

Sun, 04 Sep 2011 13:58:48 +0000

Here I discuss the relation between associations and Greco-Roman society with a focus on the Greek polis or city.  This is part of series 6 (Associations in the Greco-Roman World) of the Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean podcast. Podcast 6.4: Associations and Greco-Roman Society – The City (mp3; archive.org page with various downloading options here). […]


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http://www.archive.org/download/Podcast6.4AssociationsAndGreco-romanSocietytheCity/Podcast6.4AssociationsWithinGreco-romanSocietytheCity.mp3




Another review of my Dynamics of Identity in Church History

Sun, 17 Jul 2011 23:14:38 +0000

Catherine M. Chin (University of California, Davis) has now published a review of my Dynamics of Identity book in the latest volume of Church History 80 (2011), 371-73. She has some interesting observations on the book, as well as insightful critique.  You can access the article through Cambridge journals online here if your university has […]



Podcast 6.3: Judean and Christian Groups as Associations

Wed, 01 Jun 2011 15:03:28 +0000

Using Josephus and Philo as a starting point, here I discuss how Judeans (Jews), Christians, and others in the ancient world could express the identities of Judean synagogues and Christian congregations in terms of association-life. Although peculiar cultural minorities in some respects, Judean and Christian groups can be studied alongside other associations in the Greco-Roman […]



Podcast 6.2: Social, Religious, and Burial Activities of Associations

Sun, 01 May 2011 04:16:27 +0000

Here I explore the internal activities of associations, pointing to intertwined social, religious, and burial purposes that these groups served for their members.  We take a close look at one particular association devoted to the god Zeus and the goddess Agdistis at Philadelphia in Asia Minor (LSAM 20). This is part of series 6 (Associations […]



Podcast 6.1: Introduction to Associations in the Greco-Roman World

Mon, 04 Apr 2011 18:03:23 +0000

In this first episode of the series, I discuss our evidence for associations and guilds in the Greco-Roman world and outline the various types of these groups, including family-based, occupation-based, cultic-based, and ethnic-based groups.  This is part of series 6 (Associations in the Greco-Roman World) of the Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean podcast. Podcast 6.1: […]


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http://www.archive.org/download/Podcast6.1IntroductionToAssociationsInTheGreco-romanWorld/Podcast6.1IntroductionToAssociationsInTheGreco-romanWorld.mp3




Podcast 5.15: Jesus as a Messianic King?

Tue, 01 Mar 2011 20:32:00 +0000

Here I discuss first-century Judean concepts relating to an anointed one, or messiah, particularly a kingly messiah, and discuss contemporary figures who were viewed as kings. This is part of series 5 (The Historical Jesus in Context) of the Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean podcast. Podcast 5.14: Jesus as a Messianic King? (mp3; archive.org page […]


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http://www.archive.org/download/Podcast5.15JesusAsAMessianicKing/Podcast5.15JesusAsAnointedKingOrMessiah.mp3




Podcast 5.14: Jesus as Prophet

Tue, 01 Feb 2011 18:58:56 +0000

Here I discuss first-century Judean concepts of the prophet and place Jesus within the context of other contemporary figures who were viewed as prophets. This is part of series 5 (The Historical Jesus in Context) of the Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean podcast. Podcast 5.14: Jesus as Prophet (mp3; archive.org page with various downloading options […]


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http://www.archive.org/download/Podcast4.14JesusAsProphet/Podcast5.14JesusAsProphet.mp3




Egyptian deities in the Greco-Roman world

Wed, 26 Jan 2011 13:28:13 +0000

Temple of Isis at Pompeii: Statue of Sarapis from the Capitoline museum:



Podcast 5.13: Jesus as Healer and Exorcist

Sat, 01 Jan 2011 18:59:05 +0000

Here I investigate the historical Jesus within the context of contemporaries who were viewed as healers and exorcists in Galilee and Judea. This is part of series 5 (The Historical Jesus in Context) of the Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean podcast. Podcast 5.13: Jesus as Healer and Exorcist (mp3; archive.org page with various downloading options […]


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http://www.archive.org/download/Podcast4.13JesusAsHealerAndExorcist/Podcast5.13JesusAsHealerAndExorcist.mp3




Podcast 5.12: Jesus as Teacher, part 2: Present or Future Kingdom?

Tue, 30 Nov 2010 21:12:56 +0000

This is the second of two episodes that consider the historical Jesus in the role of teacher. Here I discuss evidence regarding Jesus’ conception of the “kingdom of God” and the scholarly debates regarding Jesus’ present or (imminent) future focus. This is part of series 5 (The Historical Jesus in Context) of the Religions of […]


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http://www.archive.org/download/Podcast4.12JesusAsTeacherPart2-PresentOrFutureKingdom/Podcast5.12JesusAsTeacherPart2-PresentOrFutureKingdom.mp3




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

Mon, 01 Nov 2010 12:09:58 +0000

This and the following episode consider the historical Jesus in the role of teacher. Here I discuss the form or method of his instruction, and begin to introduce the centrality of the “Kingdom of God” to his teachings.  This is part of series 5 (The Historical Jesus in Context) of the Religions of the Ancient […]


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http://www.archive.org/download/Podcast4.11JesusAsTeacherPart1-FormAndContent/Podcast5.11JesusAsTeacherPart1-FormAndContent.mp3




Podcast 7.9: Daniel’s Visions as Veiled History

Sat, 23 Oct 2010 21:12:12 +0000

Here I further explore the first-person visionary account in Daniel chapters 7-12, our earliest example of an historical apocalypse as veiled history. Podcast 7.9: Daniel’s Visions as Veiled History (mp3; archive.org page with various downloading options here). Download audio file (Podcast7.9DanielsVisionsAndVeiledHistory.mp3) You may also subscribe to this and subsequent episodes through iTunes or another podcatcher.


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http://archive.org/download/Podcast6.9DanielsVisionsAsVeiledHistory/Podcast7.9DanielsVisionsAndVeiledHistory.mp3




Podcast 5.10: Jesus and his Mentor, John the Baptizer

Fri, 01 Oct 2010 20:18:04 +0000

Here I consider evidence from Josephus and the Gospels regarding John the Baptist and his importance for studying the historical Jesus. This is part of series 5 (The Historical Jesus in Context) of the Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean podcast. Podcast 5.10: Jesus and his Mentor, John the Baptizer (mp3; archive.org page with various downloading […]


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http://www.archive.org/download/Podcast4.10JesusAndHisMentorJohnTheBaptizer/Podcast5.10JesusAndHisMentorJohnTheBaptizer.mp3




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

Sun, 13 Jun 2010 21:01:50 +0000

In order to provide a context for Jesus in the role of a teacher, here I discuss contemporary educated Judean groups and leaders, including Sadducees, Pharisees, Essenes, and the Dead Sea sect. This is part of series 5 (The Historical Jesus in Context) of the Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean podcast. Podcast 5.9: Jesus in […]



I won the Norman E. Wagner Award!

Wed, 02 Jun 2010 20:42:25 +0000

I was recently attending the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies (my favourite academic society) in Montreal. I was very happy to win the CSBS’s Norman E. Wagner award for the innovative use of technology relating to biblical scholarship (you can read more about the award here).  This was awarded for my work here on my […]



Podcast 5.8: Jesus, the Galilean and Judean

Sat, 15 May 2010 11:36:10 +0000

Here I discuss Jesus as a Galilean and a Judean.  I do so by looking at cultural life associated with the Jerusalem temple in the first century and the relations between cultures in Judea and Galilee. This is part of series 5 (The Historical Jesus in Context) of the Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean podcast. […]



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

Mon, 19 Apr 2010 23:15:47 +0000

Here I continue to place Jesus and Galilee within the broader context of Israelite history. This episode works through the Hellenistic and Roman periods, including the time of Jesus, and finishes with a discussion of social and economic life in first century Galilee and Judea. This is part of series 5 (The Historical Jesus in […]



BAR’s second handwriting expert goes the other way

Sun, 18 Apr 2010 22:37:07 +0000

Timo S. Paananen’s blog now points us to the results for BAR‘s second handwriting expert.  Apparently the expert failed to meet several deadlines and has not yet submitted a written report.  Instead, through phone conversations he has communicated that he believes the Secret Gospel of Mark was forged by Morton Smith.  One wonders whether we […]



Approaching 250,000 visitors

Sun, 18 Apr 2010 11:55:41 +0000

I just noticed that this blog is soon going to pass the 250,000 visitor mark.  I’m glad that the site is still being used.



More on handwriting and the Secret Gospel of Mark: Probably not forged

Fri, 16 Apr 2010 17:39:43 +0000

When it rains it pours.  Biblical Archeology Review has hired an expert in Greek handwriting (Venetia Anastasopoulou) to offer her analysis of The Secret Gospel of Mark in relation to Morton Smith’s own handwriting.  You can access the BAR article here and you can directly access the very substantial 39-page report here.  Her main conclusion […]



More on Stephen Carlson’s hand-writing analysis of the Secret Gospel of Mark

Thu, 15 Apr 2010 19:23:03 +0000

Further to some of my comments back in 2005 (see my post: The Secret Gospel of Mark and Carlson’s The Gospel Hoax: Smoking gun?), Scott Brown and Allan Pantuck have now written a rather damaging critique of Stephen Carlson’s work on the handwriting analysis of the Secret Gospel of Mark. Thanks to Tony Burke for […]



Podcast 5.6: Jesus, Galilee, and Israelite History, part 1 – Until the Second Temple

Thu, 01 Apr 2010 10:10:14 +0000

This and the following episode place Jesus and Galilee within the broader context of Israelite history. This episode begins with the Assyrian period (700s BCE) and concludes with the Persian period, with the construction of the second temple (ca. 500 BCE). This is part of series 5 (The Historical Jesus in Context) of the Religions […]


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http://www.archive.org/download/Podcast4.6JesusGalileeAndIsraeliteHistoryPart1-UntilTheSecond/Podcast5.6JesusGalileeAndIsraeliteHistoryPart1.mp3




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

Sun, 14 Mar 2010 12:24:35 +0000

This is the second of two episodes that explore two contrasting scholarly portraits of the historical Jesus, those of John Dominic Crossan (Jesus as egalitarian peasant) and E.P. Sanders (Jesus as apocalyptic prophet). This is part of series 5 (The Historical Jesus in Context) of the Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean podcast. Podcast 5.5: Scholarly […]


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http://www.archive.org/download/Podcast4.5ScholarlyPortraitsOfTheHistoricalJesusPart2sanders/Podcast5.5ScholarlyPortraitsOfJesusPart2sanders.mp3




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

Mon, 01 Mar 2010 13:23:03 +0000

This and the following episode explore two contrasting scholarly portraits of the historical Jesus, those of John Dominic Crossan (Jesus as egalitarian peasant) and E.P. Sanders (Jesus as apocalyptic prophet). This is part of series 5 (The Historical Jesus in Context) of the Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean podcast. Podcast 5.4: Scholarly Portraits of the […]


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http://www.archive.org/download/Podcast4.4ScholarlyPortraitsOfTheHistoricalJesusPart1crossan/Podcast5.4ScholarlyPortraitsOfJesusPart1crossan.mp3




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

Fri, 12 Feb 2010 02:39:39 +0000

This episode is the final of three that introduce key historical sources and problems in reconstructing the life of a peasant from Galilee, the historical Jesus. This is part of series 5 (The Historical Jesus in Context) of the Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean podcast. Podcast 5.3: Studying the Historical Jesus – Sources and Problems, […]


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http://www.archive.org/download/Podcast4.3StudyingTheHistoricalJesus-SourcesAndProblemsPart3/Podcast5.3StudyingTheHistoricalJesus-SourcesAndProblemsPart3.mp3




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

Tue, 02 Feb 2010 13:16:58 +0000

This episode is the second of three that introduce key historical sources and problems in reconstructing the life of a peasant from Galilee, the historical Jesus. This is part of series 5 (The Historical Jesus in Context) of the Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean podcast. Podcast 5.2: Studying the Historical Jesus – Sources and Problems, […]


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http://www.archive.org/download/Podcast4.2StudyingTheHistoricalJesus-SourcesAndProblemsPart2/Podcast5.2StudyingTheHistoricalJesus-SourcesAndProblemsPart2.mp3




Podcast 5.1: Studying the Historical Jesus – Sources and Problems, part 1

Mon, 11 Jan 2010 15:19:54 +0000

This episode is the first of three that introduce key historical sources and problems in reconstructing the life of a peasant from Galilee, the historical Jesus. This is part of series 5 (The Historical Jesus in Context) of the Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean podcast. Podcast 5.1: Studying the Historical Jesus – Sources and Problems, […]


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http://www.archive.org/download/Podcast4.1StudyingTheHistoricalJesus-SourcesAndProblemsPart1/Podcast5.1StudyingTheHistoricalJesus-SourcesAndProblemsPart1.mp3




Podcast 4.6: Honouring the Emperors as Gods

Tue, 17 Nov 2009 13:29:06 +0000

Here I explain emperor worship and the various types of honours for the emperors as gods, including imperial cults at the provincial, civic, and local levels in Asia Minor.  This is the final episode in series 4 (Honouring the Gods in the Roman Empire) of the Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean podcast. Podcast 4.6: Honouring […]


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http://www.archive.org/download/Podcast4.6HonouringTheEmperorsAsGods/Podcast4.6HonouringTheEmperorsAsGods.mp3




Podcast 4.5: Justice from the Gods in Lydia

Mon, 02 Nov 2009 02:05:24 +0000

Here I discuss the active role of the gods in punishing transgressors by focusing on indigenous practices in the region of Lydia, particularly the propitiation or confession inscriptions.  This is part of series 4 (Honouring the Gods in the Roman Empire) of the Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean podcast. Podcast 4.5: Justice from the Gods […]


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http://www.archive.org/download/Podcast4.5JusticeFromTheGodsInLydia/Podcast4.5JusticeFromTheGods-MenZeusAndOtherGodsInLydia.mp3




Greco-Roman deities: Artemis of Ephesus 3

Tue, 20 Oct 2009 14:29:57 +0000

Two of the statues I recently viewed in Italy really convinced me (as they have others such as Fleischer and LiDonnici) that the protuberances were usually understood not as breasts but as part of the costume which decorated the statue of Artemis Ephesia. This is a statue you can now see in the Capitoline museum […]



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

Wed, 14 Oct 2009 15:06:11 +0000

Here I discuss messages from the gods, or divination.  One way in which the gods were thought to communicate with individuals, groups, and communities was through oracles such as those of Apollo at Claros and Didyma.  This is part of series 4 (Honouring the Gods in the Roman Empire) of the Religions of the Ancient […]


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http://www.archive.org/download/Podcast4.4CommunicatingWithTheGods-ApolloAtClarosAndDidyma/Podcast4.4CommunicationsFromTheGods-ApolloAtClarosAndDidyma.mp3




Greco-Roman deities: Artemis of Ephesus 2

Thu, 08 Oct 2009 16:44:25 +0000

As you’ll see by comparing the photo here with my previous post on this Artemis, there are certain elements that repeat themselves in the images of Artemis Ephesia from about the mid-second century BCE on into the Roman era.  She is pictured standing upright with legs together, with upper arms tight against the body, and […]



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

Thu, 01 Oct 2009 17:50:15 +0000

Here I discuss the way in which people in Roman times believed that gods saved them in their daily lives, focusing on the case of the healing sanctuary of Asklepios at Pergamon (Pergamum).  This is part of series 4 (Honouring the Gods in the Roman Empire) of the Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean podcast. Podcast […]


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http://www.archive.org/download/Podcast4.3SalvationFromTheGodsAsklepiosAtPergamonpergamum/Podcast4.3SalvationFromTheGods-AsklepiosAtPergamon.mp3




Greco-Roman deities: Artemis of Ephesus 1

Wed, 30 Sep 2009 14:41:56 +0000

Here is perhaps the best known statue of Artemis Ephesia (or Artemis of Ephesus) as preserved in the Selçuk Archeological Museum (room C, inv. 718) near the ancient site of Ephesus: After my recent trip to the Naples archeological museum, I now have a number of depictions of Artemis Ephesia and other gods and goddesses […]



My new book / website: Dynamics of Identity in the World of the Early Christians

Tue, 29 Sep 2009 18:41:54 +0000

In case you hadn’t noticed, my forthcoming book on Dynamics of Identity in the World of the Early Christians: Associations, Judeans, and Cultural Minorities is now available on Amazon.com for preorder (due November) at under $20.  I have also created a companion website (which may be expanded further in time) for the book.  As usual, […]



Historical Jesus and miracles – of course historians have to address miracles

Mon, 28 Sep 2009 03:47:31 +0000

Over on the new Duke Newt, Maxim Cardew has an interesting post discussing how and whether the issue of “miracles” can be addressed in historical Jesus studies.  I won’t take the time to fully engage the many issues Maxim raises in connection with Hume, Strauss, and others.  What I want to state simply and clearly […]



Pompeii 2: Rivalries among associations and a riot at Pompeii

Wed, 16 Sep 2009 14:59:35 +0000

As I discuss at some length in my new book on Dynamics of Identity in the World of the Early Christians, members of associations could feel a real sense of belonging in the group, and at times this sense of identity could express itself in rivalries with other groups.  Christians and Judeans were not the […]



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

Mon, 14 Sep 2009 14:34:24 +0000

Here I discuss civic cults in Asia Minor and Ephesus with a focus on the relationship between a city and its patron deity (in this case Artemis Ephesia).  This is part of series 4 (Honouring the Gods in the Roman Empire) of the Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean podcast. Podcast 4.2: A City and Its […]


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http://www.archive.org/download/Podcast4.2ACityAndItsPatronDeity-ArtemisOfEphesus/Podcast4.2ACityAndItsPatronDeity-ArtemisEphesia.mp3




Podcast 4.1: Introduction to Honouring the Gods

Tue, 01 Sep 2009 22:41:08 +0000

This is the introductory episode for a series that explores the various ways in which people in the Roman empire, especially in Asia Minor, honoured and communicated with their gods.  This is part of series 4 (Honouring the Gods in the Roman Empire) of the Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean podcast. Podcast 4.1: Introduction to […]


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http://www.archive.org/download/Podcast4.1IntroductionToHonouringTheGods/Podcast4.1IntroductionToHonouringTheGods.mp3




Podcast series 5: The Historical Jesus in context

Mon, 31 Aug 2009 13:46:32 +0000

All episodes and series in the Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean podcast are available on my podcast collection page on archive.org (in various file formats and sizes) and those already released are available under the podcast category on my own website here.   This is one of several posts where I gather together each of […]


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http://archive.org/download/Podcast5.15JesusAsAMessianicKing/Podcast5.15JesusAsAnointedKingOrMessiah.mp3




Podcast series 4: Honouring the gods in the Roman Empire – Asia Minor

Mon, 31 Aug 2009 13:36:59 +0000

All episodes and series in my podcast (including some that are yet to be released) are available on my podcast collection page on archive.org (in various file formats and sizes) and those already released are available under the podcast category on my own website here.   This is one of several posts where I gather […]


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http://www.archive.org/download/Podcast4.6HonouringTheEmperorsAsGods/Podcast4.6HonouringTheEmperorsAsGods.mp3




Podcast series 3: Diversity in early Christianity: “Heresies” and struggles

Mon, 31 Aug 2009 13:12:12 +0000

All episodes and series in my podcast (including some that are yet to be released) are available on my podcast collection page on archive.org (in various file formats and sizes) and those already released are available under the podcast category on my own website here.   This is one of several posts where I gather […]


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http://www.archive.org/download/Podcast3.16TheGospelOfMary-SecretKnowledgeFromTheUltimateDisciple/Podcast3.16GospelOfMary.mp3




Podcast series 2: Early Christian portraits of Jesus

Mon, 31 Aug 2009 12:38:06 +0000

All episodes and series in my podcast (including some that are yet to be released) are available on my podcast collection page on archive.org (in various file formats and sizes) and those already released are available under the podcast category on my own website here.   This is one of several posts where I gather […]


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http://www.archive.org/download/Podcast2.11HebrewsPortraitOfJesus-HighpriestMelchizedekPart2/Podcast2.11-HebrewsPortraitOfJesusPart2.mp3




Podcast series 1: Paul and his communities

Sun, 30 Aug 2009 12:48:58 +0000

All of the episodes and series in my podcast (including some that are yet to be released) are available on my podcast collection page on archive.org (in various file formats and sizes) and those already released are available under the podcast category on my own website here. As usual, Mark Goodacre has good ideas.  Mark […]


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http://www.archive.org/download/Podcast1.12LegaciesOfPaul-WomensLeadershipPart2/Podcast1.12LegaciesofPaul-WomenandLeadershippart2.mp3




Paintings of Pompeii 1: Villa of the Mysteries of Dionysos (Villa Item)

Thu, 06 Aug 2009 14:04:48 +0000

I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to visit Pompeii and Herculaneum a few weeks back in connection with the Society of Biblical Literature conference in Rome (where I presented a paper from my upcoming book).  The populations of both of these ancient towns were wiped out by the volcanic eruption of mount Vesuvius […]



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

Tue, 02 Jun 2009 02:44:29 +0000

Here I discuss this dialogue gospel in which Mary Magdalene is presented as Jesus’ favourite disciple and the instructor of true knowledge. I explore notions of salvation in terms of the ascent of the soul, as well as the way in which this writing reflects struggles among different groups of Jesus-followers. This is part of […]


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http://www.archive.org/download/Podcast3.16TheGospelOfMary-SecretKnowledgeFromTheUltimateDisciple/Podcast3.16GospelOfMary.mp3




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

Wed, 13 May 2009 13:47:22 +0000

Here I finish the discussion of the Gospel of Philip by focusing on the way in which notions of salvation were enacted in the practices of the followers of Jesus who used this writing. In particular, rituals such as the “bridal chamber” illustrate the connections between sex (as a metaphor) and salvation in the mindset […]


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http://www.archive.org/download/Podcast3.15TheGospelOfPhilipPart2-RitualEnactmentsOfSalvation/Podcast3.15GospelOfPhilipPart2-InitiationRituals.mp3




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

Mon, 04 May 2009 01:42:25 +0000

Here I discuss the Gospel of Philip (perhaps best known in connection with the Da Vinci Code). This episode deals with the author’s worldview and ideas about the condition of humanity, preparing the way for a second episode on the practices and rituals that enacted salvation. This is part of series 3 (“Diversity in Early […]


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http://www.archive.org/download/Podcast3.14TheGospelOfPhilipPart1-IdeasOfSalvation/Podcast3.14GospelOfPhilipPart1-IdeasOfSalvation.mp3




Honouring the Gods in the Roman Empire – new podcast series

Tue, 21 Apr 2009 20:19:01 +0000

I have been busy creating a new podcast series, titled Honouring the Gods in the Roman Empire.  This series is somewhat different in style.  Usually I am adapting and editing my recorded lectures (that are performed from point form notes).  Instead, this series involves me sitting down at the computer and microphone for a half-hour […]



Podcast 3.13: The Wisdom of Jesus Christ and Middle Platonism

Tue, 14 Apr 2009 13:38:12 +0000

Here I use two related Nag Hammadi writings — Eugnostos the Blessed and The Sophia of Jesus Christ — as a window into forms of Christianity that were heavily influenced by Middle Platonic philosophy, particularly in regard to cosmology and the divine Triad. This is part of series 3 (“Diversity in Early Christianity: ‘Heresies’ and […]


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http://www.archive.org/download/Podcast3.13TheWisdomOfJesusChristAndMiddlePlatonism/Podcast3.13PlatonismAndTheSophiaOfJesusChrist.mp3




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

Wed, 01 Apr 2009 13:58:55 +0000

Here I continue to explain the worldview of the Apocryphon of John, particularly its notions regarding the material realm, the inferior creator god (demiurge), and salvation from this realm. This is part of series 3 (“Diversity in Early Christianity: ‘Heresies’ and Struggles”) of the Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean podcast. Podcast 3.12: Secret Book of […]


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http://www.archive.org/download/Podcast3.12SecretBookOfJohnPart2-SalvationFromTheMaterialRealm/Podcast3.12ApocryphonOfJohnPart2.mp3