I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the audio and video resources at LogosBibleStudy.org (not to be confused with Logos Bible study software). Logos Bible Study offers “hundreds of hours of audio and video Bible lessons with Dr. Bill Creasy, a vast compendium of written Bible resources, photos, maps” and more — for free! (You will need to sign up for a free account.)
Dr. Bill Creasy served more than 20 years as a member of the UCLA English Faculty where he taught a popular course on The English Bible as Literature. His engaging approach to teaching through the Bible is based on four foundational principles:
- The Bible is rooted in geography.
- The Bible emerges from history.
- The Bible — in its final, finished form — is a unified literary work.
- The Bible is the word of God.
You can learn more about Dr. Creasy from the four-minute video below:
The audio resources — my favorite part of the Logos Bible Study library — provide a good overview of Scripture, describing how the 66 books fit together into a cohesive whole. Dr. Creasy helps students visualize the Biblical narrative with wonderful geographical and historical insights.
I don’t necessarily endorse every viewpoint in this sweeping overview of Scripture. For example, although he does not specify whether he holds this particular view, Dr. Creasy seems to indicate that some prophetic passages, such as Isaiah 45 and Daniel 11, might not have been written during the lifetimes of the prophets, simply because the prophecies are so detailed. A prophet speaking messages from God cannot proclaim the future? It’s an odd viewpoint and one I encourage you to reject. There are a few other interpretations I would take issue with as well, so, as always, exercise discernment. Overall, however, the audio library is a great resource (screenshot below).
For a taste of Dr. Creasy’s teaching style and insights, take a listen to his Introduction to the Bible, where he elaborates upon the four foundational principles noted above.
The videos are a series of “Bible Blasts” that address specific topics. There are also commentaries, penned by Dr. Creasy, for each book of the Bible, maps, a timeline, and a podcast series on The Imitation of Christ (a Latin spiritual classic that Dr. Creasy translated and further popularized).