After beginning by establishing a little context for the development of what is often called “Classical” Hinduism and an introduction to the Puranas, most of the day’s lecture is devoted to Vishnu. We begin by addressing Vishnu as he is defined in passages from the Vishnu Purana, then move to discussing the mythology of the … More Hindu Lecture 7: Vishnu
Today’s discussion concentrates on the Bhagavad Gita, picking up where we left off from last time. Beginning with discussing karma yoga and selfless service and how such relates to self-realization, we examine how the texts teachings act as a departure point from the prevailing Hindu philosophy as put forth in the Upanishads. From there we … More Hindu Lecture 6: The Bhagavad Gita
Today’s lecture begins a two day series on the revolutionary developments in ancient Indian thought during what is sometimes called the Upanishadic Era. After discussing the challenges such thinkers posed to the Vedic concentration on ritual and priests, we begin to discuss yoga, both in its philosophy and, after watching a HYSTERICAL video, juxtaposing such … More Hindu Lecture 3: Upanishadic Era (Pt I)
This, the last day of our Christian unit, picks up with the beginnings of desert monasticism and focuses on the development and spread of Christianity, primarily through Europe, as the Church rises in power and scope. Here we focus on some key historical developments in the spread and internal issues affecting Christianity, including the Great … More Christianity Lecture 9: From Heights to Upheaval
Having completed our discussions on the Gospels, the next three lectures focuses on the development of Christianity through history. Beginning in the second century, the present material discusses challenges early Christians faced with one another, paying particular attention to the various beliefs and controversies that characterized early Christianity, and the move toward establishing a singular … More Christianity Lecture 7: Early Christian Centuries
Our material today begins by concluding previous discussions on the synoptic Gospels, paying particular attention to each author’s theological message. This then is followed by a discussion of the Gospel according to John, with special attention paid to John’s style, the Prologue, the way in which Jesus speaks of himself, a change in understanding of … More Christianity Lecture 6: The Gospel according to John
Today’s lecture on the synoptic gospels begins by looking briefly at the God Jesus believed in, followed by issues concerning discipleship and what discipleship means as expressed in the Gospel according to Matthew. The focus of the day, however, concerns issues of Jesus’s identity and how that identity is divulged through his trials and crucifixion. … More Christianity Lecture 5: The Synoptic Gospels Pt. III
The eighth and last lecture on Judaism begins with a discussion of apocalyptic thinking, continues on to discuss the various changes in Judaism during the Second Temple Period, and ends with a brief survey of the modern Jewish landscape.
Here we wrap up our discussion of the Book of Exodus, beginning on the struggles the Israelites encounter while wandering the Sinai Peninsula and concentrating on the notion of Covenant. The discussion wraps up with a brief introduction to the remaining books of the Torah and the Age of Judges.
Today’s lecture features part one of a two part discussion of the Book of Exodus, following the story of Moses up to the crossing of the Red Sea.