Dr. Peter VanDerPuy - Part 3



What would you say to the person that questions whether or not Jesus actually existed?

A conversation with Dr. Peter VanDerPuy

Episode Description:

In this part of our interview with Dr. VanDerPuy, we ask him to describe his experience of the culture of history departments, and we ask what he might say to the person that questions that Jesus was a real figure in human history.

Dr. VanDerPuy is an ancient historian at Ohio State, teaching courses in the world of antiquity and its literature. Originally from the state of Washington, Dr. VanDerPuy moved to Great Britain where he received a masters degree from the world renowned Oxford. He received his PhD from Ohio State and is an expert on the Roman Republic. But Dr. VanDerPuy is not a stereotypical history professor, no offense to history professors. He is simultaneously highly intelligent yet social, laid back, humble. He’s the type of guy you want to get stuck across the table from at a dinner party because you know the conversation will be meaningful and interesting.

Episode Notes:

  • If you’re interested to learn more about the historical Jesus but don’t have the time to read a large volume, check out Jesus: A Very Short Introduction by historian Richard Bauckham, published by Oxford University Press.

The Walk is a production of The Thompson Institute, a program of Cru at Ohio State
Produced by Aaron Badenhop & Jordan Browning
Edited by Seth Costello & Lukas Moreland
Music by Jordan Browning
Special thanks to Dr. Peter VanDerPuy