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A Podcast where divine word and human reason meet.
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Episode 12: The Bible in Its Traditions
Fr. Olivier-Thomas Venard, Dominican priest and professor at the École Biblique in Jerusalem, joins Francesca Murphy and Gabriel Reynolds for this episode of Minding Scripture. Fr. Venard bridges intellectual worlds—modern French literature, the philosophy and theology of Thomas Aquinas, biblical archaeology and historical-critical study of the Bible, literary theory and linguistics—and finds their convergence in the words of Scripture. Fr. Venard discusses his trilogy on Thomas Aquinas as well as a major, long-term project he directs at the École Biblique: “The Bible in its Traditions,” a presentation of the biblical text in its polyphony of different textual versions, translations, interpretations, and artistic receptions.
Jul 6, 2020
Episode 11: Religious Pluralism
Under the conditions of globalization, more religious people than ever find themselves in close contact with members of other religious traditions. Our hosts convene in this episode for a scriptural conversation on religious pluralism. How is the religious “other” discussed in the scriptures of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam? How do each of these traditions interpret the fact of multiple religions? Is the multiplicity of religions positively willed by God—or just permitted by God as a result of human failings? They explore the question at the heart of our podcast: Can we disagree religiously and still be friends?
Jun 1, 2020
Episode 10: The Jewishness of the New Testament
This episode we welcome a distinguished New Testament scholar, Amy Jill Levine, who is the world expert on the Jewishness of the New Testament. She engages questions like, Why are anti-Jewish readings of the New Testament just bad readings of the text? What are some of Jesus’ parables that are clarified by reading them as Jewish parables? What does it mean for Jews to study the New Testament, either academically or as part of their self-understanding as Jews? Was there such a thing as “normative” Judaism at Jesus’ time, over-against which Jesus comes across as an aberration? What’s the difference between saying “Bible,” instead of “Old and New Testaments”—or saying “Hebrew Bible” or “Old Testament” instead of “Tanakh?” Is there any sense to term “Abrahamic religions” as an umbrella for Judaism, Christianity, and Islam? How can a deepened knowledge of Judaism nourish the theological imagination of Christians?
May 4, 2020
Episode 9: Qur'an Criticism
What importance do developments in critical scholarship on the Qur’an have for the life of faith? How have Muslims traditionally understood the Qur’an? What were the nineteenth- and twentieth-century beginnings of Western critical scholarship on the Qur’an, and what are its motivating questions today? Where do Western critical scholarship and traditional reading of the Qur’an converge? Do the findings of Western critical scholarship fundamentally challenge traditional Muslim understandings of the Qur’an, and how, more generally, does critical study of the Qur’an affect Muslims’ lives of faith?
Apr 6, 2020
Episode 8: Sickness and Healing
In light of the global Coronavirus pandemic, this month’s episode of Minding Scripture reflects on sickness, healing, and isolation in the Bible and in the Qur’an. What sources of hope do we find in the Abrahamic traditions for a time of sickness and quarantine? How might these three traditions interpret the pandemic and the quarantine religiously? * *
Mar 2, 2020
Episode 7: Bible Criticism
This month, Minding Scripture, which brings together the life of the mind and the life of faith, asks guest speaker Nathan Eubank and one of our hosts, Tzvi Novick, how historical-critical scholarship in both the Hebrew Bible and in the New Testament has developed over the last two centuries and what its current place in our understanding of the Bible should be. What is historical criticism and how did it begin? What is the enduring value of historical criticism, both intellectually and for the life of faith? What are some of its enduring achievements? What does the Epic of Gilgamesh, the psychology (or not) of Jesus, and the Jewishness of Paul have to do with all this? Our hosts discuss the progress and regress, tensions and achievements of historical criticism from the eighteenth century to the present.
Jan 28, 2020
Episode 6: Afterlife
*Life after death is a central concept in all three Abrahamic religions. What happens to a person after death? How do Judaism, Christianity, and Islam envision heaven and hell? And what can the faithful expect at the resurrection?*
Jan 6, 2020
Episode 5: Moses
*Moses serves as a model to the prophet Muhammad in the Qur’an, represents the tribe of Israel in the Hebrew Bible and prefigures Jesus in the New Testament. With no external, historical sources to rely on, how do the three Abrahamic religions read Moses, a figure whose meaning is discerned by faith?*
Dec 2, 2019
Episode 4: The Translation of Scripture
Robert Alter, translator of the Hebrew Bible, and David Bentley Hart, translator of the New Testament, are our guests in this episode, where they answer questions on staying faithful to the original Hebrew and Greek texts, on words which have accumulated layers of meanings over the course of centuries, as well as on translating ambiguities and connotations which are no longer accessible to us today. Remember to leave a review if you have enjoyed listening to this episode!
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Nov 4, 2019
Episode 3: Jesus in the Qur'an
Jesus is a figure of great importance in the holy scripture of Islam, in the Qur’an. Can belief in Jesus join together Christians and Muslims, then? In an interview with Mun'im Sirry, Francesca Murphy and Gabriel Said Reynolds explore the commonalities between qur'anic and biblical account of Jesus, while also shedding light on the differences: the miracles which are not mentioned in the Bible, why Jesus' is not considered divine, and why the Qur'an is ambiguous regarding Jesus' death.
Oct 7, 2019
Episode 2: The Historical Jesus
Together with John Meier, the hosts explore the figure of the historical Jesus. Read more in the show notes to this episode.
Sep 3, 2019
Episode 1: Adam
The inaugural episode of Minding Scripture explores the figure of the first human, Adam, in the Bible and in the Qur’an. >>View this episode's Show Notes
Aug 26, 2019
Minding Scripture Series Introduction
Learn about the questions that animate Minding Scripture, a new podcast from the World Religions World Church program at the University of Notre Dame.