Is the Old Testament dying?

Thursday, May 18, 2017
But Marc Brettler, professor in Judaic studies at Duke University agreed there’s simply not enough solid data to prove that Bible knowledge is dying. The speculative dimension, he said, reminds him of Mark Twain’s famous phrase: “Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated... Read More »

Professor Marc Brettler assisting with fact-checking for new cookbook

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
By Jill Warren Lucas - Correspondent As a renowned expert on the Old Testament, Duke professor Marc Brettler has been recruited many times to fact-check scholarly texts that cite the Bible. But there was something unexpected about a recent inquiry. Joan Nathan, a James Beard... Read More »

The Historical Jesus: Separating Fact from Fiction

Thursday, February 23, 2017 Mark Goodacre is something of a Biblical sleuth. A leading New Testament scholar, he is often tapped to sort out hoax from authentic evidence when someone announces a new “discovery” from the early Christian era. So when... Read More »

Professor caught up in travel ban returns

Monday, February 20, 2017
A Duke professor affected by President Donald Trump’s travel ban has returned to his family in North Carolina. Mohsen Kadivar, a research professor of Islamic studies originally from Iran, had been living in Berlin as part of a fellowship program. Although he originally planned to stay... Read More »

Marc Brettler's Letter 14 - American Values Religious Voices

Thursday, February 2, 2017
Dear President Trump, Vice President Pence, Members of the Trump Administration and 115th Congress, The story about Abraham bargaining with God to save the people of Sodom is well known; but the underpinning of this story is rarely recognized. After admonishing God, “Shall not the judge of... Read More »

David Morgan Quoted in Herald Sun Article

Monday, January 30, 2017
DURHAM -- Duke University says “several dozen” of its students, faculty and post-docs are affected by the travel ban U.S. President Donald Trump slapped on nationals of seven predominantly Muslim countries to start the weekend. The university’s chief spokesman, Vice President for Public Affairs... Read More »

Charred Manuscript is One of Oldest Known Copies of Torah Ever Found

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
USA Today reports how researchers have revealed that an object resembling a burnt stick turned out to be one of the oldest known copies of the text fundamental to both Jews and Christians. Duke Professor Marc Brettler provided comments for the story. The full article is available on the USA Today... Read More »

David Morgan Quoted in Religion News Service Article on Mormon "Gospel Art"

Thursday, March 17, 2016
Religious Studies chair and professor David Morgan was quoted today in an article by Religion News Service: "Mormon 'gospel art': Kitsch or classic?"

Robert Orsi's Lecture on Forthcoming Book

Friday, February 5, 2016
On February 5, Robert Orsi, the Grace Craddock Nagle Chair in Catholic Studies with appointments in the departments of Religious Studies and History at Northwestern University, spoke in the department on “The Problem of Presence in Modern Religion and Its Study,” which is the subject of his... Read More »

Four Questions with David Morgan

Friday, December 12, 2014
David Morgan is the latest to take part in our “Four Questions with” series.  His influential and acclaimed work on religion and visual culture will be familiar to many of our readers.  Morgan is Professor of Religion with a secondary appointment in the Department of Art, Art History, and... Read More »