Kia kaha, kia māia, kia manawanui. Be strong, be brave, be steadfast.
A number of us will be currently working hard to switch our in-class teaching to online. To assist in this process, we’ve put together some resources that you can draw on – fabulous websites, blogs, and Open Access journals that can enrich your reading lists and give students new places to explore. The list is not exhaustive, and we’ll add to it as we gather more resources, but if you have some suggestions of your own, please do let us know and we can put them in this post.
Online teaching resources for biblical studies
Biblical Studies Online is a superb collection of recorded lectures and talks by established biblical scholars. The site is curated by Prof. James Crossley and Dr Deane Galbraith. Definitely worth a look and a browse.
Bible Odyssey is run by the Society of Biblical Literature, and offers a range of short, pithy articles and videos on people, places, and themes in the Bible, all created by scholars working in the field of Biblical Studies. It also has some useful resource lists, and suggestions for further reading. Good to direct students to for a snapshot of a particular topic.
Bibledex is a project run by the University of Nottingham’s department of Theology and Religious Studies, in conjunction with video diarist Brady Haran. It includes a collection of short videos (featuring biblical scholars and theologians) that cover books and topics of the Bible. I’ve not watched them all, but the ones I’ve seen are well made. So worth checking out.
Auckland Theology and Religious Studies is a blog site run by the University of Auckland’s department of religion. It features lots of posts about all things biblical and religious, including heaps of student work that can serve as sound model essays for coursework. The blog has been a bit quiet of late (mea culpa) but its posts to date offer a rich range of topics and discussions (particularly around the theme of religion/the Bible in the arts and popular culture, as well as a splash of history too).
The Religious Studies Project features podcasts and short articles that cover a range of topics about religion and contemporary culture. Loads of fascinating material to look through, and definitely worth checking out.
Oxford Biblical Studies Online has leaps of links to various resources related to all things biblical.
Biblical Archaeology Society blog has some great articles – I use them as course readings from time to time, and students find them approachable and interesting.
Bible and Critical Theory is an open-access journal located in Australasia, which offers a wide range of articles exploring the intersections of biblical studies and critical theory. Dive back to the first issue (2004) and you’ll even find an article by Slavoj Žižek.
Journal of Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies is a new journal published by the Sheffield Institute of Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies. It has some great articles already, and the latest issue is a special issue on the Bible and transgender and gender queer perspectives.
Bible podcasts – there are heaps out there! A handy list can be found here. One of our favourites, of course, is the #SheToo podcast miniseries created by the Bible Society (and in which some of our Shiloh members took part).