Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean

Roman Mosaic. Photo by M. Harrsch.Early Christianity and the Greco-Roman world are the subjects of Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean (feed), a podcast created by Professor Philip Harland, who teaches religious studies and ancient history at York University in Toronto. Harland presents contemporary Greco-Roman and Jewish sources to give the context of Christianity in its very earliest days.

These talks appear to be edited version of classroom lectures as he makes reference to course readings and outside discussions.  Harland lectures in a very conversational and accessible style, and brings a scholar’s eye to the issues surrounding the early Jesus movement.  He combines a close reading of the historical material in the New Testament with reference to outside sources which illuminate the cultures of the first century Greco-Roman world.

More background information on these subjects is available at his website.

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