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.
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.”
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.
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.
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 and Government Relations Michael Schoenfeld, said Duke officials “are in contact” with them.
Dear President Trump, Vice President Pence, Members of the Trump Administration and 115th Congress,
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 web site.
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 Visual Studies at Duke University. He is the chair of the Duke Department of Religion as well.