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The Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean podcast explores social and religious life in the Greco-Roman world, especially early Christianity including the New Testament. Half-hour episodes are released bi-weekly from September to June (with a summer break in July and August). These episodes are not scripted; they are edited versions of improvised lectures from point-form notes.

The Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean podcast explores social and religious life in the Greco-Roman world, especially early Christianity including the New Testament. Half-hour episodes are released bi-weekly from September to June (with a summer break in July and August). These episodes are not scripted; they are edited versions of improvised lectures from point-form notes.
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The Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean podcast explores social and religious life in the Greco-Roman world, especially early Christianity including the New Testament. Half-hour episodes are released bi-weekly from September to June (with a summer break in July and August). These episodes are not scripted; they are edited versions of improvised lectures from point-form notes.

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English


Episodes

Podcast 8.23: Goethe’s Ironic Mephistopheles (ca. 1800)

6/19/2015
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This episode looks at the modern, ironic portrayal of Mephistopheles in Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Faust (ca. 1800), which suggests some future directions for a relatively harmless and even powerless Satan in the modern period. Podcast 8.23: Goethe’s Ironic Mephistopheles (ca. 1800) (mp3; archive.org page with various downloading options here). Download audio file (Podcast%208.23%20Goethe%27s%20Ironic%20Mephistopheles%20(1700s-1800s).mp3) You […]

Duration:01:26:02

Podcast 8.22: Milton’s Traditional Satan in Paradise Lost (1600s)

6/17/2015
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This episode looks at the way in which John Milton (in Paradise Lost) pulled together many different elements into an early modern epic of a traditional Satan with some notable twists. Podcast 8.22: Milton’s Traditional Satan in Paradise Lost (1600s) (mp3; archive.org page with various downloading options here). Download audio file (Podcast%208.22%20Milton%27s%20Traditional%20Satan%20(1600s).mp3) You may also subscribe […]

Duration:01:24:12

Podcast 8.21: The Devil and Internal Struggles of the Reformation Period (1500s)

6/17/2015
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In this episode, I explore how Devilish images and stories were used to combat enemies during the Reformation period (1500s), finishing with a discussion of Menno Simons’ piece on identifying the Antichrist. Podcast 8.21: The Devil and Internal Struggles of the Reformation Period (1500s) (mp3; archive.org page with various downloading options here). Download audio file […]

Duration:01:27:53

Podcast 8.20: Witchcraft Accusations and Pacts with the Devil (1400-1600)

6/15/2015
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This episode looks at the place of Satan or the Devil in witchcraft accusations of the period 1400-1600, building on Robin Briggs’ theory expounded in Witches and Neighbors: The Social and Cultural Context of European Witchcraft (London: Penguin Books, 1998). Podcast 8.20: Witchcraft Accusations and Pacts with the Devil (1400-1600) (mp3; archive.org page with various […]

Duration:00:55:46

Podcast 8.18: Satan’s Home, part 5 – Medieval Depictions and Dante’s Inferno

6/11/2015
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This episode discusses some medieval images of Satan and Hell with a special focus on Dante’s Inferno. Podcast 8.18: Satan’s Home, part 5 – Medieval Depictions and Dante’s Inferno (mp3; archive.org page with various downloading options here). Download audio file (Podcast%208.18%20Satan%27s%20Home%20part%205%20%E2%80%93%20Medieval%20Depictions%20and%20Dante%27s%20Inferno.mp3) You may also subscribe to this and subsequent episodes through iTunes or another podcatcher.

Duration:00:40:08

Podcast 8.16: Satan’s Home, part 3 – Developments among Early Jesus Followers

6/11/2015
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This episode looks at how certain followers of Jesus, including the authors of Revelation and the gospels, expressed their notions of Hell and the afterlife. Podcast 8.16: Satan’s Home, part 3 – Developments among Early Jesus Followers (mp3; archive.org page with various downloading options here). Download audio file (Podcast%208.16%20Satan%27s%20Home%20part%203%20-%20Developments%20among%20Early%20Jesus-Followers.mp3) You may also subscribe to this […]

Duration:00:44:55

Podcast 8.15: Satan’s Home, part 2 – The Birth of Judean Hell in 1 Enoch

6/11/2015
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This episode situates the emergence of Hell and notions of an afterlife within Judean apocalypticism in light of the earliest reference to the punishment of fallen angels in 1 Enoch (ca. 225 BCE). Podcast 8.15: Satan’s Home, part 2 – The Birth of Judean Hell in 1 Enoch (mp3; archive.org page with various downloading options […]

Duration:00:49:23

Podcast 8.14: Satan’s Home, Part 1 – Cultural Origins Of Hell

6/11/2015
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This episode looks at cultural predecessors of Hell and the afterlife in the Ancient Near East, Israel and Persia, setting the stage for discussion of Judean and Christian developments in the following episodes. Podcast 8.14: Satan’s Home, Part 1 – Cultural Origins Of Hell (mp3; archive.org page with various downloading options here). Download audio file […]

Duration:01:16:02

Podcast 8.13: Satan as Father of Lies and Heresy in the Church Fathers

6/10/2015
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This episode looks at how the rhetoric of Satan and demons played a role in internal debates and the construction of “heresies” in the era of the so-called Church Fathers (2nd-4th centuries). Podcast 8.13: Satan as Father of Lies and Heresy in the Church Fathers (2nd-4th centuries CE) (mp3; archive.org page with various downloading options here). […]

Duration:01:17:49

Podcast 8.12: Satan’s Demons and the Greco-Roman Gods in the Church Fathers

11/7/2014
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In the first of two episodes dealing with the Church Fathers, here I look at how Justin Martyr and Origen contribute to the story of Satan and his demons in countering external opponents. Podcast 8.12: Satan’s Demons and the Greco-Roman Gods in the Church Fathers (2nd-3rd centuries CE) (mp3; archive.org page with various downloading options […]

Duration:00:51:42

Podcast 8.11: The Jealous Creator and the Serpent of Wisdom in Gnosticism (2nd century CE)

10/4/2014
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Here I examine “On the Origin of the World” (one of the writings found at Nag Hammadi), which attributes to the creator God (Yaldabaoth) of the Hebrew Bible many of the negative attributes and motivations found in developing stories about Satan. The result is a Satanic creator god and a wise serpent in the garden […]

Duration:01:23:58

Podcast 8.10: Jealous Satan, the Image of God, and the Serpent in the Life of Adam and Eve

9/2/2014
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Here I discuss the expanded story of Adam and Eve that emerged around the turn of the common era as a way of explaining the motivations of Satan (primarily jealousy) in connection with both the creation of humans in the image of God and the serpent in the garden. Podcast 8.10: Jealous Satan, the Image […]

Duration:00:49:26

Podcast 8.9: A Satanic Empire in John’s Apocalypse (ca. 80-100 CE)

7/2/2014
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Here I discuss Satan in John’s Apocalypse (Revelation), pointing out how this author pulls together many strands of the story of Satan and does so to demonize an external power: the Roman empire. Podcast 8.9: A Satanic Empire in John’s Apocalypse (ca. 80-100 CE) (mp3; archive.org page with various downloading options here). Download audio file […]

Duration:00:56:16

Podcast 8.8: Internal Functions of the Rhetoric of Satan in Paul and John (ca. 50-110 CE)

6/2/2014
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Here I introduce Paul’s apocalyptic worldview and go on to discuss the way in which some early Christian authors or leaders (e.g. Paul and the elder John) used the language or rhetoric of Satan or evil personified figures (e.g. Antichrist) to label and combat internal opponents within the Christian communities. Podcast 8.8: Internal Functions of […]

Duration:00:57:00

Podcast 8.7: The Devil and Beelzebub in Early Biographies of Jesus (70-100 CE)

5/11/2014
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Here I discuss how the authors of the synoptic gospels portray Jesus in conflict with demons and with the Devil. Podcast 8.7: The Devil and Beelzebub in Early Biographies of Jesus (70-100 CE) (mp3; archive.org page with various downloading options here). Download audio file (Podcast%208.7%20The%20Devil%20and%20Beelzebub%20in%20the%20Synoptic%20Gospels.mp3) You may also subscribe to this and subsequent episodes through […]

Duration:00:37:50

Podcast 8.6: Mastema in Jubilees and Beliar in the Dead Sea Scrolls (ca. 100 BCE)

4/3/2014
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Here I continue to trace the development of evil personified figures in Judean literature around the turn of the first century BCE, focussing on Mastema (Enmity personified) and Beliar or Belial (Worthless One). I also discuss the Prince of Darkness in the Dead Sea Scrolls. Podcast 8.6: Mastema in Jubilees and Beliar in the Dead […]

Duration:00:23:58

Podcast 8.5: Fallen Angels in 1 Enoch (ca. 225 BCE)

3/14/2014
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Here I discuss 1 Enoch’s expanded story of the fallen angels headed by Azazel and Semyaz (based on an interpretation of Genesis 6), which came to play a crucial role in the emerging story of Satan. Podcast 8.5: Fallen Angels in 1 Enoch (ca. 225 BCE) (mp3; archive.org page with various downloading options here). Download […]

Duration:00:56:26

Podcast 8.4: Other Predecessors of Satan from the Hebrew Bible

2/4/2014
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Here I explore other building blocks of Satan’s story from Israelite culture by looking at arrogant foreign kings and angels or messengers of God in the Hebrew Bible. Podcast 8.4: Other Predecessors of Satan from the Hebrew Bible (mp3; archive.org page with various downloading options here). Download audio file (Podcast%208.4%20Other%20Predecessors%20of%20Satan%20in%20the%20Hebrew%20Bible.mp3) You may also subscribe to […]

Duration:01:04:25

Podcast 8.3: Predecessors of Satan from Persia (Zoroastrianism)

1/1/2014
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Here I discuss the battle between Ahura Mazda and Angra Mainyu in Persian Zoroastrianism in relation to the role of Satan within Judean apocalypticism. Podcast 8.3: Predecessors of Satan from Persia (mp3; archive.org page with various downloading options here). Download audio file (Podcast%208.3%20Predecessors%20from%20Persia.mp3) You may also subscribe to this and subsequent episodes through iTunes or […]

Duration:00:41:42

Podcast 8.2: Predecessors of Satan from Canaan and Israel

12/2/2013
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This episode continues to consider the centrality of the “combat myth” for the subsequent origins of Satan, considering Ugaritic (Canaanite) and Israelite examples of a god slaying a chaos monster, such as Leviathan. Podcast 8.2: Predecessors of Satan from Canaan and Israel (mp3; archive.org page with various downloading options here). Download audio file (Podcast%208.2%20Predecessors%20from%20Canaan%20and%20Israel.mp3) You […]

Duration:00:40:48