Here’s a lecture by John Collins you’ll want to give a listen to (or download to listen to later).
How to be? How to act? What are Biblical values? What does the Bible really say about how to live our lives? What does the Bible say about justice and welcome… and for whom? For people of faith, these are pressing questions. They are all the more pressing in light of current events and the many conflicting claims about how the Bible speaks to these questions.
A salient and incisive voice on this topic is Dr. John J. Collins, Holmes Professor of Old Testament Criticism and Interpretation at Yale Divinity School. A renowned scholar, prolific writer, and beloved teacher.
According to Dr. Collins, “Biblical values are more complex than they are often made out to be. But there are some clear principles nonetheless. They are not the issues that have been lifted up most frequently either by church people or by politicians in recent years. Biblical values are primarily concerned with how we treat our fellow human beings.”
A native of Ireland, Dr. Collins brings a unique, engaging blend of world-class academic insight, wisdom, and wit(!) to his lectures. His ability to distill intricate concepts and to speak across scripture’s deeply detailed sweep consistently impresses both audiences and students, alike, and ensures that his remarks are as accessible and relevant as they are challenging.
At a time when scripture can often feel muddled both by world events and by the myriad voices declaring what the Bible means, to host someone of Dr. Collins’ caliber is a gift. And a treat! John Collins is one of those singular individuals who can speak to intricate, often charged Biblical questions in a way that clarifies rather than confuses, and in a way that sparks rather than snubs conversation. What’s more, he has a sense of humor that rivals his deep heart and his encyclopedic mind!