Christian Studies

Christian Studies

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Interviews with scholars of Christianity about their new books.

Helen J. Nicholson, "Women and the Crusades" (Oxford UP, 2023)

May 25, 2024

Women and the Crusades

Helen J. Nicholson

The crusade movement needed women: their money, their prayer support, their active participation, and their inspiration. Helen J. Nicholson's book Wo…

Mark Jantzen and John D. Thiesen, "European Mennonites and the Holocaust" (U Toronto Press, 2021)

May 23, 2024

European Mennonites and the Holocaust

Mark Jantzen and John D. Thiesen
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

During the Second World War, Mennonites in the Netherlands, Germany, occupied Poland, and Ukraine lived in communities with Jews and close to various …

Wally V. Cirafesi, "John Within Judaism: Religion, Ethnicity, and the Shaping of Jesus-Oriented Jewishness in the Fourth Gospel" (Brill, 2021)

May 21, 2024

John Within Judaism

Wally V. Cirafesi
Hosted by Michael Morales

While many have noted the general Jewishness of the Gospel of John, few have given it a seat at the ideologically crowded table of ancient Jewish pra…

Jason A. Kerr, "Milton's Theological Process: Reading de Doctrina Christiana and Paradise Lost" (Oxford UP, 2023)

May 21, 2024

Milton's Theological Process

Jason A. Kerr
Hosted by Crawford Gribben

This volume proposes a method for reading Milton's De Doctrina Christiana as an artifact of his process of theological thinking rather than as a repos…

Lauren Horn Griffin, "Fabricating Founders in Early Modern England: History, Rhetoric, and the Origins of Christianity" (Brill, 2023)

May 14, 2024

Fabricating Founders in Early Modern England

Lauren Horn Griffin
Hosted by Allison Isidore

Fabricating Founders in Early Modern England: History, Rhetoric, and the Origins of Christianity (Brill, 2023) argues that in order to understand nati…

Siân E. Grønlie, "The Old Testament in Medieval Icelandic Texts: Translation, Exegesis and Storytelling" (Boydell & Brewer, 2024)

May 13, 2024

The Old Testament in Medieval Icelandic Texts

Siân E. Grønlie
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

The historical narratives of the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible have much in common with Icelandic saga literature: both are invested in origins and genea…

Joanne Edge, "Onomantic Divination in Late Medieval Britain: Questioning Life, Predicting Death" (York Medieval Press, 2024)

May 11, 2024

Onomantic Divination in Late Medieval Britain

Joanne Edge
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

When will I die? What is the sex of my unborn child? Which of two rivals will win a duel? As today, people in the later Middle Ages approached their u…

Donald Opitz and Derek Melleby, "Learning for the Love of God: A Student's Guide to Academic Faithfulness" (Brazos Press, 2014)

May 11, 2024

Learning for the Love of God

Donald Opitz and Derek Melleby
Hosted by Justin McGeary

Today I talked to Donald Opitz and Derek Melleby about their book Learning for the Love of God: A Student's Guide to Academic Faithfulness (Brazos Pre…

Knocking at the Brothel Door (with Michael John Cusick)

May 9, 2024

Knocking at the Brothel Door (with Michael John Cusick)

Michael John Cusick

Michael John Cusick argues that our addictions and disordered sexual desires are really a misdirected effort to reach God and live in connection with …

Jason F. Moraff, "Reading the Way, Paul, and 'the Jews' in Acts Within Judaism" (Bloomsbury, 2023)

May 8, 2024

Reading the Way, Paul, and "the Jews" in Acts Within Judaism

Jason F. Moraff
Hosted by Michael Morales

The book of Acts is often misunderstood as reflecting anti-Judaism or promoting supersessionism. Jason Moraff, however, argues that Acts binds the Way…

Sean Griffin, "The Liturgical Past in Byzantium and Early Rus" (Cambridge UP, 2019)

May 7, 2024

The Liturgical Past in Byzantium and Early Rus

Sean Griffin
Hosted by Aaron Weinacht

Dr. Sean Griffin's book, The Liturgical Past in Byzantium and Early Rus (Cambridge UP, 2019), takes on the question of the source materials for the Pr…

Lucy Barnhouse, "Hospitals in Communities of the Late Medieval Rhineland" (Amsterdam UP, 2023)

May 7, 2024

Hospitals in Communities of the Late Medieval Rhineland

Lucy Barnhouse
Hosted by Jana Byars

Lucy Barnhouse of Arkansas State University talks with Jana Byars about her new book, Hospitals in Communities of the Late Medieval Rhineland: Houses …

Markus Vinzent, "Resetting the Origins of Christianity: A New Theory of Sources and Beginnings" (Cambridge UP, 2022)

April 30, 2024

Resetting the Origins of Christianity

Markus Vinzent

How do we know what we know about the origins of the Christian religion? Neither its founder, nor the Apostles, nor Paul left any written accounts of …

Michael Boler, "Introduction to Classical and New Testament Greek: A Unified Approach" (Catholic U of America Press, 2019)

April 27, 2024

Introduction to Classical and New Testament Greek

Michael Boler
Hosted by Justin McGeary

The defining feature of this textbook is the treatment of classical and New Testament Greek as one language using primary sources. All the example sen…

Making Moves (and Making Movies) in the Mission Field (with Temeko Richardson): Protestant Evangelical Content Creation

April 25, 2024

Making Moves (and Making Movies) in the Mission Field (with Temeko Richardson)

Temeko Richardson

Temeko Ricardson grew up in the Protestant American tradition; she was a “GPK” (grand-pastor-kid) from a family of church leaders. She has been thinki…

Crawford Gribben, "J. N. Darby and the Roots of Dispensationalism" (Oxford UP, 2024)

April 24, 2024

J. N. Darby and the Roots of Dispensationalism

Crawford Gribben
Hosted by Caleb Zakarin

J.N. Darby and the Roots of Dispensationalism (Oxford University Press, 2024) describes the work of one of the most important and under-studied theolo…

Michael Scott and Michael Collins, "Christian Shakespeare?: A Collection of Essays on Shakespeare in His Christian Context" (Vernon Press, 2022)

April 23, 2024

Christian Shakespeare

Michael Scott and Michael Collins
Hosted by Dessy Vassileva

The enigma of William Shakespeare's religious beliefs has long tantalized scholars and enthusiasts alike. Vernon Press's latest publication, Christian…

John Tolan, "England's Jews: Finance, Violence, and the Crown in the Thirteenth Century" (U Pennsylvania Press, 2023)

April 22, 2024

England's Jews

John Tolan
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

In 1290, Jews were expelled from England and subsequently largely expunged from English historical memory. Yet for two centuries they occupied importa…

James N. Neumann, "The Gospel of the Son of God: Psalm 2 and Mark's Narrative Christology" (T&T Clark, 2023)

April 20, 2024

The Gospel of the Son of God

James N. Neumann
Hosted by Michael Morales

What does it mean for the Gospel of Mark to portray Jesus as Son of God? Apparently far more than what past scholarship has recognized! James Neumann …

Charles E. Curran, "Loyal Dissent: Memoir of a Catholic Theologian" (Georgetown UP, 2006)

April 19, 2024

Loyal Dissent

Charles E. Curran
Hosted by Al Bertrand

Over the course of our 60th anniversary in 2024, we'll be revisiting some classic Georgetown books. First up is Loyal Dissent by Charles E. Curran. …