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Why Study The Pharisees with Sara Parks

Dr Sara Parks introduces an important group in Second Temple Judaism. This group, whose most famous member is probably Paul, is seemingly familiar from the Christian scriptures – but they…

From  Simon Barnett on September 21st, 2020 0 likes 13 plays 0  

Why Study Resurrection with Sara Parks

Dr Sara Parks looks at what resurrection meant within Second Temple Judaism in order to shed light on what was at stake in resurrection discourse among early Jesus movements. The thumbnail for this…

From  Simon Barnett on June 5th, 2020 0 likes 5 plays 0  

Why Study Systematic Theology (again) with Michael Burdett

Dr Michael Burdett introduces constructive theology and argues that ‘systematics’ – that one can make a coherent statement about the whole of Christian faith – is back in…

From  Simon Barnett on June 4th, 2020 0 likes 4 plays 0  

Objects of Belief; The Table

Tables are a part of everyday life, but they also have significance in many religious rituals which are connected with food / eating. Here Prof. Tom O’Loughlin looks at a range of meanings…

From  Simon Barnett on January 17th, 2017 0 likes 9 plays 0  

Firth Lectures 2016: The Most Reverend Dr Rowan Williams. Imagining Faith; perceptions of religious belief in modern writing

Dr Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury, looks at three piece of contemporary fiction to explore how they descibe the religious person and how within those stories there is a portrayal of…

From  Simon Barnett on April 13th, 2016 0 likes 118 plays 0  

A-Z of Theology; E is for Eucharist

Professor Tom O’Loughlin points out a complexity in the use of the word ‘eucharist.’ It is usually thought of as just a technical name for a ritual – the ritual practiced…

From  Simon Barnett on January 12th, 2016 0 likes 11 plays 0  

Why Study Lurianic Kabbalah with Agata Beilik-Robson

Agata Bielik-Robson, Professor of Jewish Studies, looks at the tradition of speculation that can be traced by to Rabbi Isaac Luria (1534-72) – and especially the notion of 'tsimtsum'…

From  Simon Barnett on October 19th, 2015 0 likes 18 plays 0  

Sacred Calendars; Ramadan

Dr Musharef Hussain, an Iman in Nottingham, explains what happens during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. During this month one of the most obvious practices is that of fasting during the hours of…

From  Simon Barnett on October 1st, 2014 0 likes 5 plays 0