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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…

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Why Study Eschatology with Michael Burdett

Why are Christians interested in the End of the World once again? Michael Burdett argues that the rise in interest in eschatology is linked to our current concern with the future – forced on us…

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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…

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Why Study Memories in the Hebrew Bible with Marian Kelsey

Dr Marian Kelsey examines how the memories of the Hebrew Bible are structured, using the memory of the patriarch Jacob as an example. The thumbnail image for this video is used under the CC0 licence…

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Why Study God and the Gothic with Alison Milbank

Professor Alison Milbank argues that Gothic novels – for example, Dracula by Bram Stoker – are part of religious discourse. This discourse arose in the aftermath of the Reformation and…

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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…

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Why Study Theology with Dr Marian Kelsey

Dr Marian Kelsey answers the age-old question; "Why Study Theology?" with an argument that Biblical Studies is actually far more interesting than Theology! The image used in the thumbnail…

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Why Study Online Churches with Tim Hutchings

Dr Tim Hutchings describes his research into the new phenomenon of on-line churches and, with Thomas O’Loughlin, discusses what this phenomenon means for the traditional understanding of…

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G.A. Studdert-Kennedy the Man

‘Woodbine Willie’ – the Anglican World War I padre who gave cigarettes to the troops and wrote poetry - is well known. But the man himself, G.A. Studdert-Kennedy is not nearly so…

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Is Studdert-Kennedy relevant to the Twenty-first Century?

Dr Stuart Bell argues that the early twentieth-century Anglican writer, G.A. Studdert-Kennedy (better known as ‘Woodbine Willie’), is the first modern British theologian in that he…

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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…

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Why Study Religion and the Enlightenment in England and Europe with Jeremy Gregory

Until very recently the standard model for assessing the place of religion in the Enlightenment was one of simple opposition: Religion represented the superstition and darkness that the rational…

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Sacred Calendars; Sukkot with Rabbi Mendy Lent

All religions use time as a central element in the way they celebrate. They have a sacred year – a sequence of festivals arranged in an annual cycle. Here Rabbi Mendy Lent introduces one of the…

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Firth Lectures 2016: Dr Rowan Williams - Imagining Faith; perceptions of religious belief in modern writing - Part 2

Dr Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury, looks at modern drama to explore how they describe the religious person and how within those stories there is a portrayal of holiness. This is…

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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…

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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…

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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'…

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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…

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