Summary: Former UCLA professor Dr. Bill Creasy has been called a “bible teacher extraordinaire.” For over twenty years, Dr. Creasy was consistently ranked among the top 2% of all UCLA teaching faculty. His podcasts approach the Bible with spiritual warmth, intellectual rigor, sharp wit and engaging humor. Over 100,000 people have attended Dr. Creasy’s live classes throughout southern California, and globally thousands more have followed his teaching through his online classroom at logosbiblestudy.com
On this week’s Podcast, Dr. C. remembers his colleague, mentor and friend, Dr. John X. Evans, who passed away on December 1, 2018 after a long illness.
Over the past several weeks, Dr. C. has been taking a look at women in the Bible. This week he turns his eyes on Ruth, his favorite woman in the Old Testament. This week’s Podcast will be a real treat!
“Meet the Women of the Bible—Deborah and Jael” After the conquest of Canaan in Joshua, we settle the “Promised Land” in Judges. The Israelites are little more than a loose confederation of twelve tribes, however, living separate lives, more or less isolated from one another. But when danger encroaches, the tribes coalesce and a leader emerges to deal with the threat. In this profoundly patriarchal culture, the fourth leader to emerge is a woman, Deborah, assisted by another woman, Jael. Together they save Israel from the hands of Jabin, king of Canaan. So, what happened to all the men?
If we’re to understand Scripture within its proper historical and cultural context, we must recognize that the world of the Bible is profoundly patriarchal: men control everything, men are the “head”; but women are the “neck,” and they can turn the head any way they want! In a profoundly patriarchal, tribal culture, women wield power and authority using very different strategies than men. In the next few Podcasts, Dr. C. will explore some of the women of the Bible, telling their stories from their point of view. This should be great fun!
If we’re to understand Scripture within its proper historical and cultural context, we must recognize that the world of the Bible is profoundly patriarchal: men control everything, men are the “head”; but women are the “neck,” and they can turn the head any way they want! In a profoundly patriarchal, tribal culture, women wield power and authority using very different strategies than men. In the next few podcasts, Dr. C. will explore some of the women of the Bible, telling their stories from their point of view. This should be great fun!
In this week’s podcast, Dr. C. continues cleaning up his Q&A inbox, looking closely at a question about Isaiah the prophet! In answering the question, he investigates how biblical prophecy in general works, and specifically how Isaiah should be read.
Over the past several podcasts Dr. Creasy has offered a 4-part series on Mary and last week’s discussion on “Who Wrote the Bible,” in which he explored how the canon of Scripture took shape in the early days of the Church. All during that time, your questions have piled up in his in-box. This week, Dr. C. works through some of the more difficult ones!
In this week’s Podcast, Dr. Creasy introduces a new course, one that he has never taught before: The Deuterocanonical Books. Those are the books of Scripture that are in Roman Catholic and Orthodox Bibles, but are not in Jewish or Protestant Bibles. In this Podcast, Dr. C. explores how some books of Scripture became “canonical,” while others did not. This is a great introduction to this new study that you can attend, either in “Live” classes or online as a “Remote Student.”
In Part 4 of Dr. Creasy’s Podcast series on “Mary, the Mother of Jesus,” he explores the role of Mary in Scripture, starting with Jesus’ crucifixion, resurrection and ascension and moves into how the Church has thought about Mary over the many centuries ever since. He closes the Podcast with a very personal note about his own relationship with Mary.
In Part 1 of Dr. Creasy’s Podcast series on “Mary, the Mother of Jesus,” he explored the Annunciation, God’s offer to Mary to become the mother of God’s son, Jesus. Her “yes” demonstrated not only her great faith, but her great courage as well. In Part 2, Dr. C. examined Jesus’ birth in a stable in Bethlehem, an most unlikely place for the son of God to be born! Here in Part 3, Dr. C. will follow Mary’s involvement in Jesus’ public ministry, beginning with his baptism in the Jordan River by Jesus’ cousin, John; Jesus’ move from Nazareth to Capernaum; his teaching and preaching in Galilee; and his final journey to Jerusalem and the cross.
Last week Dr. Creasy began a 3-part Podcast on Mary, the Mother of Jesus, focusing on the Annunciation. We learned that Mary’s “yes” not only demonstrated great faith, but great courage, as well. With the Annunciation, Mary was the first person to place her faith in Christ, the child she would bear. This week, Dr. Creasy explores Jesus’ birth and his childhood, from Mary’s perspective, giving us insight into Mary as a mother.
Last Wednesday was the Feast of “The Assumption of the Virgin Mary,” a teaching in the Roman Catholic Church that Jesus’ mother, Mary, “having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory.” The teaching was defined by Pope Pius XII on November 1, 1950. In this week’s Podcast, Dr. C. explores Mary, her role in Jesus’ life, her role in the Church and her role in our lives today. This Podcast is Part 1 of a 3-part series!
This past Monday we celebrated the Feast of “The Transfiguration of the Lord.” The feast remembers when Jesus took his inner circle of disciples—Peter, James and John—to a high mountain, and there in the presence of Moses and Elijah, Jesus was transfigured—literally metamorphosed—like caterpillar to butterfly, as the voice of God says: “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him” (Mark 9: 7). Dr. C. peers behind the veil of this remarkable story, probing its inner, deeper meaning.
Dr. Creasy announces our first Webinar session, coming September 15!
Another year has rolled by . . . and they seem to be picking up speed, as they do! Yes, this week was Dr. C.’s birthday, which got him to thinking about birth, our walk across the stage of life, and our inevitable exit. What’s it all mean . . . and what awaits us in eternity? Interesting stuff! Also, Dr. C. addresses a slew of questions that you have submitted.