Here are some free resources offered by scholars, seminaries and universities, that I’ve discovered on the internet. (There’s more in the comments section below.)
A course on New Testament History and Literature
This great resource comprises twenty-six 40-50 minute videoed lectures presented by Professor Dale B. Martin of Yale University.
“This course provides a historical study of the origins of Christianity by analyzing the literature of the earliest Christian movements in historical context, concentrating on the New Testament. Although theological themes will occupy much of our attention, the course does not attempt a theological appropriation of the New Testament as scripture. Rather, the importance of the New Testament and other early Christian documents as ancient literature and as sources for historical study will be emphasized. A central organizing theme of the course will focus on the differences within early Christianity or Christianities.”
There are several series of videoed lectures on the New Testament (and more) given by top scholars on this site.
For example, there are lecture courses on Matthew’s Gospel, the Acts of the Apostles, and the Letter to the Romans given by Dr Craig Keener. Dr Keener is currently professor of the New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary and is known for his work as a scholar on the New Testament in its early Jewish and Greco-Roman settings.
A course on Theology of Gender
This excellent resource comprises eleven 1.5-hour videoed lectures of a 2013 course entitled “The Theology of Gender”. Most of the lectures are presented by Professor Ronald W. Pierce of Biola University. Watch the videos here.
New Testament Reading Room
Tyndale Seminary in Toronto, Canada, has a page on their website here with a goldmine of links to online New Testament commentaries, dictionaries, atlases, and some amazing books on New Testament history and Greek, etc. Most links are to books scanned by Google Books.
Since I live over 50kms from my university’s library, I frequently use Google Books for research. (In my previous post on the “place of prayer” at Philippi, most of the books I used were via Google Books.)
My internet friend Tim Bulkeley has made a useful video which shows, step by step, how to search Google Books for Bible Commentaries, but the same steps can be used to search for all kinds of excellent reference books. (Tim also has some advice for researching and writing essays.)
University of Chester Guides for PhD Students
“The University of Chester provides a series of seminars on video aimed mainly at PhD students, but they are also useful for other researchers in biblical studies, theology, and religion” (here).
Tips on Developing a Bibliography
Dr Alistair Wilson (lecturer in Mission and New Testament at Edinburgh Theological Seminary) provides useful information on putting together a bibliography here.
And take a look at Ryan Lytton’s blog post, “How to Get an Advanced Bible Degree for Free” here.
What free online resources do you recommend?