Featuring renowned scholars N.T. Wright and Michael Bird, this podcast features interviews and reflections on the decades of scholarship and research behind their book, The New Testament In Its World
Esau McCaulley, The Afterlife in Greco-Roman Thought, and Teaching the New Testament
What happens after you die? What happens at the end of time? And what about Jesus’ resurrection? N.T. Wright explores the resurrection—how it was understood in the first century, and how we ought to understand it today. Then, Michael F. Bird sits down with Esau McCaulley to talk about the book of Galatians, about inheritance, and about what it was like to study under N.T. Wright. Finally, both N.T. Wright and Michael F. Bird reflect on their collaboration on writing The New Testament in Its World.
Nijay Gupta, the Story of Paul’s Life and Ministry, and N.T. Wright’s Favorite New Testament Book
N.T. Wright and Michael F. Bird visit the ruins of Corinth to reflect on Paul’s life and ministry and discuss why he was—and still is—so controversial. Then, N.T. Wright discusses his favorite books of the New Testament. Finally, Michael F. Bird sits down with Nijay Gupta for a discussion about Paul’s letters to the Thessalonians.
Jeannine K. Brown, the Jewish Context of Jesus, and “Faith in Christ” vs. “Faithfulness of Christ”
N.T. Wright and Michael F. Bird explore the Jewish context of Jesus and the first century Christians. Then, Michael F. Bird sits down with Jeannine K. Brown for a wide-ranging conversation about the Gospel of Matthew. Finally, N.T. Wright discusses a phrase Paul often uses that has become controversial.
Lynn Cohick, Canonization, and N.T. Wright’s Reading and Research Habits
How did the first Christians determine which books should be included in the New Testament? N.T. Wright and Michael F. Bird explore canonization. Next, N.T. Wright explains his life as a scholar: how he reads, his favorite books, how he turns ideas into books, and his research process. Then, Michael F. Bird sits down with Lynn Cohick to talk about women in the world of the earliest Christians. Finally, N.T. Wright describes Paul’s understanding of the fruit of the Spirit.
Craig Keener, Beginning New Testament Study, and a Conversation in Jerusalem
In a conversation on the streets of Jerusalem, N.T. Wright and Michael F. Bird talk about reading the New Testament. Then, N.T. Wright outlines what to keep in mind when studying the New Testament. Finally, Michael F. Bird sits down with Craig S. Keener for a conversation about the Greco-Roman context of the first-century Christians.
I love the show, but I sure do wish there were more. I know Covid caused a lot of problems, but it would be super cool if you guys could restart the podcast.
5 episodes is a good start
But could we get another 50 please?
Wright and Bird are two of the biggest scholars in the Christian world, and this podcast has them both.