Excellent Christian Academic Material (Free) on ITUNES-U

So, if you have a long commute/walk to work (as I do) you are always looking for something to listen to on the way – especially anything free.  Well, a couple of days ago I stumbled on a goldmine – itunes-University.  If you have itunes (either for Mac or PC; free downloadable program to listen to music), you can click on the iTunes store and find the itunes-U icon on the top left.  What is it?  Several universities have uploaded lectures, classes, chapel messages, university info, special seminars, colloquials, conference recordings, etc.. – and they are almost all free (everything I have looked at has been free).  Though the university selection so far is not massive, it includes: Depaul, Duke, MIT, Northeastern U, Stanford, Texas A & M, UC-Berkeley, Stanford, Vanderbilt, and Yale (among others).  Topics include politics, history, business, literature, media, law, philosophy, art, and religion (and more).

For those of you interested in biblical studies, there are some great downloads. I recommend:

-The Carmichael-Walling Lectures from Abilene Christian University which includes lectures by Abraham Malherbe, Wayne Meeks, and Margaret Mitchell.

– The Kenneth W. Clark Lectures from Duke which include a two-part series from Dale Allison Jr. on The Historical Jesus and the Theological Jesus.

– A NT Colloquium from Fuller Theological Seminary which includes lectures by Robert Morgan on ‘Jesus in NT Theology’

-A series of lectures from Reformed Theological Seminary by D.A. Caron on the ‘New Perspective on Paul’

On a more ‘pastoral’ level, I have also enjoyed some material from Seattle Pacific University which includes discussions on biblical ethics from Richards Hays, an engagement on modern Christianity in a ‘post-Christian world’ by William Willimon, and numerous talks on Scripture (and Jesus, experience, church) by Robert Wall.  Duke has chapel messages, some by OT scholar Ellen Davis, others by theologian Stanley Hauerwas.

Did I mention all of this is free?

If others have found good stuff on iTunes U related to NT/biblical studies, please let me know and I will announce it here (and probably download it for myself!).


8 thoughts on “Excellent Christian Academic Material (Free) on ITUNES-U

  1. I found the Hebrew Club and Greek club from Concordia Seminary to be very helpful. Basically, the professor reads the Hebrew/Greek translates it and makes comments on the text. It was helpful for me to take my text and follow along to refresh my Greek and Hebrew.

  2. Thanks. Ben – I’ve enjoyed the Concordia stuff as well, but of course, I’m Lutheran.

    Right now I’m listening to a series of Hebrew Bible Lectures from Yale’s Open U. site. Really enjoying it as Dr. Christine Hayes uses a lot of the ANE parallels and background etymology as the semitic language(s) developed. Interesting stuff, even for NT guys. Here’s the URL:

  3. Dear Friend,

    Would you please send me some academic Christian literature for my teaching ministry. I would appreciate your help very much.
    Kindest regards,
    Rev.Samuel Jayakumar
    26 Appadurai Main Street
    Madras 600 023

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