Position Announcement - Early Christianity

Monday, September 18, 2017
Position Announcement Early Christianity   The Department of Religious Studies within Trinity College of Arts & Sciences at Duke University invites applications and nominations for a position in the study of Early Christianity, at the rank of (tenure-track) Assistant or (tenured)... Read More »

In Memoriam: Kalman P. Bland (1942-2017)

Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Kalman P. Bland (1942–2017), a longtime member of the American Academy of Religion, was professor emeritus of religious studies at Duke University, amateur violist, conversationalist extraordinaire, and embodiment of the Platonic ideal of thoughtfulness. Kalman received his BA in philosophy from... Read More »

Mourning the Loss of a Beloved Professor

Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Kalman P. Bland, Professor Emeritus of the Department of Religious Studies, Duke University, died on July 15, 2017, in Chesterfield Royal Hospital in Derbyshire, UK. He became seriously ill while traveling with his partner, Annabel Wharton, in Italy and England; doctors... Read More »

A 3-D digital scan throws a Buddha statue's carvings into sharp relief

Thursday, June 22, 2017
What makes this sixth-century Chinese object, the Cosmic Buddha, exceptional are the detailed narrative scenes that cover its surface, representing moments in the life of the historical Buddha as well as the Realms of Existence, a symbolic map of the Buddhist world. A laser passing over the... Read More »

B4NP Podcast Episode 13: "On Being a Jewish Biblical Scholar"

Monday, June 19, 2017
This week’s episode explores how Judaism engages modern biblical scholarship which is often hostile to that tradition. Our guest is Marc Z. Brettler, Bernice and Morton Lerner Professor of Judaic Studies, Duke University. He is the author and editor of several important books including ... Read More »

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 »