our greatest blessings come to us by way of madness Phaedr. 244a


Paula Fredriksen

 awesome lecture given recently by P.F. on Augustine and the Jews--she gives a wonderful context about Christianization and the construction of Xtn identity:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9NBIhdFkpU&feature=related. Here's also a series on the historical Jesus which features Shaye Cohen, Paula Fredriksen, and some other notable scholars.  Some of the views it contains may be a bit too positive about the evidence in the gospels, but it also gives to the lay audience good contextual information.  Here's the first part (the others should follow by youtube prompt):  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3K2vmlfn_g.