Join me as I discuss the Bible, Qur’an, Midrash, and Tafsir with Dr. Michael Pregill. We discuss the state of Qur'anic studies today and how the field has changed over the past couple decades, as well as Dr. Pregill's new book, "The Golden Calf between Bible and Qur'an" (recently published by the Oxford University Press). We then move on to several discussions, including: who was the Qur'anic Sāmirī and how is he related to Aaron/Hārūn; Qur'anic "confusions"; how the fields of Late Antiquity, the Bible/Jewish and Christian tradition, and the tafsīr/Islamic tradition relate to the contemporary study of the Qur'ān; and more! Link to Dr. Pregill's bio: https://hcommons.org/members/mpregill/ Link to his book: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-golden-calf-between-bible-and-quran-9780198852421?lang=en&cc=us
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E20 The New Testament with Dr. Thomas Schmidt
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E19 Christ, Christology, and Councils with Kerwin Holmes Jr.
2:02:28I'm very pleased to have on Kerwin Holmes Jr., PhD student at the University of Virginia's Department of Religious Studies, to discuss Christianity. What is Christology? What did the early Christians believe about Jesus? What were the different councils and what did they accomplish? What are some of the various interpretive methodologies employed when approaching the Gospels? What does a practising Christian scholar think of the Qur'an's conception of Christian belief? And more! Link to Kerwin's bio: https://religiousstudies.as.virginia.edu/grad-students/profile/kh2ea
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E12 Bible, Qur’an, Midrash, and Tafsir with Dr. Michael Pregill
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