So you’re interested in learning about the Bible in its ancient context from an academic perspective? It can be hard to find good quality material on critical Biblical scholarship that’s also relatively unbiased. These are my recommendations.
1. Religion for Breakfast
Andrew Henry’s channel is one of the biggest religious studies channels on YouTube, and he has a Ph.D. in early Christianity. While the channel covers religious studies in general, there’s a lot of great biblical studies content fairly regularly.
2. Useful Charts
This one might come as a surprise as his channel is mostly about, well, charts. But there’s some great biblical studies content on there, such as his series on who wrote the Bible, and I highly recommend his video on Bible translations.
3. The r/AcademicBiblical subreddit
This one is not a YouTube channel, but it’s honestly a great resource. If you want to know more about a topic or you have a question for Bible scholars. A lot of professional Bible scholars frequent there and because the answers must be substantiated with academic sources, it’s probably one of the best places to get quality answers to tricky questions.
4. Digital Hammurabi
This is a great channel if you want to know more about the ancient Near East in general, but they also cover a lot of biblical studies material. They have series on controversial Bible stories. Daniel and slavery in the Bible.
5. The inquisitive Bible reader.
This is a smaller channel that’s really only just gotten started, but the content is really solid with some great animation. The creator, Paul Davidson, already has a fairly popular Biblical Studies blog: Is that in the Bible.
6. Lecture Channels
If you have time for longer lectures on biblical scholarship, there’s a few great options:
- Bart Ehrman (New Testament Scholar)
- Richard Elliot Friedman (Lectures on the Hebrew Bible)
- Yale Courses Intro the Hebrew Bible and New Testament
- Yale Divinity School
- Yale Bible Study
You can also watch my video roundup of these channels here:
If you have recommendations, let me know and I might add them to the list!