Listening to the past can help us to understand our present, but it is so difficult to read ancient works of literature and theology alone. I’m Dr. Grace Hamman, a scholar of medieval literature and mother of three. Old Books With Grace shares my love for old books and listens to the wisdom emanating from these long dead voices. My hope is that Old Books With Grace will empower you to approach often intimidating works of literature and theology and as a result, ask questions of our current age. We live in a time that values the new and the now more than ever. But I truly believe that these books speak outside of the echo-chambers in which we so often find ourselves and help us to find ageless truth from lost centuries.
Art & the Annunciation with Victoria Emily Jones
Victoria Emily Jones of Art & Theology discusses some wonderful art depicting the Annunciation, from poetry to visual art, from medieval to modern day, with Grace. Victoria and Grace unpack the multilayered meaning of these beautiful works in their exploration of Mary's encounter with the Angel Gabriel, as we prepare our hearts for Advent and receiving God alongside Mary. You can see all the art from this episode on social media or on oldbookswithgrace.com, or on YouTube.
Thinking of Jesus as Our Mother With Shannon K. Evans
Shannon Evans, author of Rewilding Motherhood, joins Grace to talk about the powerful and poignant image of Jesus as our Mother. How does this ancient metaphor affect our lives today? Shannon and Grace talk Julian of Norwich, motherhood, and the theology of this idea.
From the Endless Knot to the Green Girdle: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, pt. IV
At last, Gawain comes to the mysterious, terrifying Green Chapel. What happens next? Find out, meditate on the results, and rejoice over the wonderful poetry of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, with Grace.
The Hunter and the Hunted: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, pt. III
There are more traps at Bertilak's castle than you think, Gawain... and loads of stylish hunting poetry! Welcome to part III of the series on the incredible medieval poem, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight!
Games, Gifts, and Icicles on Armor: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, pt.II
Fitt II of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: Wander through the icy woods with Gawain as he searches for the Green Chapel, to meet his fate with the Green Knight. Grace explores the medieval context of this fantastic poem and thinks with the poet on what it means to be human.
A Beheading at a Feast: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, pt. 1
Ever since the siege ceased at Troy, betrayal and treachery has ruled the forebears of Sir Gawain... so we are plunged into the fantastical fourteenth-century masterpiece, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Let's meet Arthur, Guinevere, a host of secondary characters, our hero Sir Gawain... and a gigantic knight, green from head to toe... Grace considers this strange beginning, the sins of our forebears, the wonderful poetry itself, and the spooky delight of the Green Knight.
Sir Galwain FITT 1
This was so fun and interesting. Grace brings fun and excitement to listeners ears while teaching us about the topic as well as relating the stories to present and past alike.
Cozy and intellectually expansive
Love this podcast! A great idea to bring these authors and ideas from times passed into my commute to help me see the world in a more broad way by looking backward. Love how foreign the context is, yet applicable to helping me think better. Looking forward to more.
For those of you who are picky about voices and vocal quality, you’ll love this podcast. Really professionally made and a soothing yet energetic voice for podcasting! You’ll learn and relax. Bring some tea and your favorite merino wool scarf, this is a cozy podcast.