Topics of Expertise

I. Introductory Material:

  • Essential Background for Understanding the Bible
  • Linguistic Challenges of the Bible
  • Textual Transmission and the Bible (Manuscripts and Codices)
  • The world of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament – OT)
  • The World of the New Testament (NT)
  • Formation of the Hebrew Scriptures
  • Formation of the Gospels
  • The Bible-in-8-Hours Seminar



II. Old Testament:

  • The Torah
  • The Prophets
  • The Temple and Cult of Sacrifice
  • Three Great Crises of the Old Testament
  • The Assyrian Crisis
  • The Babylonian Crisis
  • The Crisis of Return
  • Alexander the Great and the Bible
  • Talks on almost each specific book of the OT
  • Joseph and Moses

III. New Testament:

  • Paul and His Writings
  • Development of the Gospel
  • The Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke)
  • The Gospel of John
  • The 2 volume work the Gospel of Luke and Acts of the Apostles
  • At Table in the NT; the message of the meal
  • Eucharist in the NT
  • The Book of Revelation
  • The Christmas Narrative
  • The Quest for the “Historical” Jesus
  • Talks on each specific book of the NT

IV. Related Biblical Topics:

  • The Dead Sea Scrolls and Qumran
  • Sacrificial Cult and Table Practice in the Bible
  • The Roman Catholic Approach to the Bible
  • Baptism
  • Apocalyptic Literature and the Bible
  • Lent: Season of Hunger/Season of Food
  • Advent: Season of Light/Season of Darkness
  • Biblical Fundamentalism: Worshiping the word or Worshiping the Word
  • Biblical Anthropology – the Worldview of the OT and the NT
  • The Rapture De-Bunked