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Hermeneutics is the study of how to interpret texts that come from a different culture, time, language and world view. So it is a skill that is valuable in many aspects of study, but especially when reading ancient religious texts such as the
Ussher (1581-1656) is now principally remembered for just one thing: giving the date of the creation as 4004 B.C.! In this video Prof Alan Ford sets him in his context as a great Protestant scholar who made contributions to patristics, biblical
Prof. Richard Bell conveys his enthusiasm for the study of the letter of St Paul addressed to the Romans.
Spinoza (1632-1677) is now remembered mainly as a philosopher. But he was also deeply concerned with religious and theological questions. In this video, Professor Agata Bielik-Robson argues that he has to be seen as presenting a particular vie
Professor Alan Ford introduces the notion of historiography: the history of history. By studying how historians have constructed the past one can better understand the role of history in forming identities.
Dr Mary Cunningham talks about the Syrian Orthodox Church with Fr Samuel Issa (a priest in that church). This is a community of Christians who have lived in the Levant since the time of Jesus and whose language, Syriac, is a development of Aram
Rudolf Bultmann (1884-1976) was a German Lutheran theologian whose work highlighted the difficulties of treating early Christian texts as simple historical narratives, while at the same time highlighting their importance as documents of faith.
Most English-speakers, when they think of Christianity, think only of its Latin, western forms - be they Catholic or Protestant. But this is only half the story: there are also all the churches of the East, often collectively referred to as 'th
Henry Gagey, an expert in fundamental theology from the Institut Catholique in Paris, discusses why people take up the study of theology and how it can affect their approach to life and belief.
Two eminent modern church historians, Prof. Alan Ford and Dr Frances Knight, discuss the nature of their discipline exploring how it sits between the aims of historians and theologians: belonging both to disciplines, it has a distinctive task a
Icons – religious images from the eastern Churches – are far more than religious images as seen in western churches: they enable an encounter between the observer and the mystery. In this video, Mary Cunningham, and expert on Orthodoxy, introdu
Islam is one of the world’s great religions and references to it are constantly in the media, but it is also little understood in the west. Islamic Studies is a branch of religious studies that seeks to understand Islam and promote dialogue bet
Rabbinic Judaism is the name given by scholars to the form of Judaism that emerged in the second century of the Common Era, after the destruction of the Jerusalem temple in 70 C.E. and the later revolts. Holger Zellentin is an expert in this pe
Ibn Taymiyya (1263-1328 C.E.) was an Islamic thinker who has exerted, and continues to exert, an enormous influence within the Islamic tradition. Ibn Taymiyya was often quoted by the late Osama Bin Laden and in this video, Dr. Jon Hoover, who h
Judaism is one of the world’s great religions, and it has exerted an enormous influence through some of its off-shoots such as Christianity. In this video, Agata Bielik-Robson, the Professor of Jewish Studies in the University of Nottingham, lo
In this episode of the ‘Why Study’ series, Dr.Frances Knight, an expert in history of Anglicanism, shows how a single book from the early nineteenth century – a copy of the Book of Common Prayer – can be the key to understanding the religious c
In this episode of the ‘Why Study’ series, Professor Thomas O’Loughlin argues that a single, short, first-century Christian text, known as the Didache (‘the training’) can provide a valuable window into the lives of the earliest Christian commu
In this episode of the ‘Why Study’ series, Thomas O’Loughlin is an historical theologian who studies the life and theology of the churches in the early and medieval periods. In this film he explains how an undertstanding of the life of those co
In this episode of the ‘Why Study’ series, Dr.Simon Oliver discusses why he devotes so much attention to the medieval Dominican theologian, Thomas Aquinas (1225-74); and argues that when someone today comes to grips with his thought, that learn
In this episode of the ‘Why Study’ series, Dr.Karen Kilby is one of the world’s foremost authorities on the work of the German theologian Karl Rahner (1904-84) whose work had a profound influence in the later decades of the twentieth century. H
In this episode of the ‘ Why Study’ series, Dr Simon Oliver, an expert in systematic theology, explains what is meant by ‘systematics’ within the field of theology, how it relates to other parts of the discipline, and its relevance in today’s c
In this episode of the ‘Why Study’ series, Dr.Karen Kilby, an expert in systematic theology, explains what is meant by ‘systematics’ within the field of theology, and how it emerges out of the questions that believers ask in seeking to make sen
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