Advent Talks – Recordings


Over four weeks, five Australian biblical scholars from Yarra Theological Union, a College of the University of Divinity will reflect on the extraordinary richness and beauty of the Advent reading

Each week this group of accomplished guides will work together to shed light on each of the readings for the coming week. This is a perfect opportunity to grow in your understanding as disciples should not to be missed.

Tuesday, November 23  –
Tuesday, November 30 –
Tuesday, December 7 –
Tuesday, December 14 –

Speaking to us from their own area of expertise will be: 

Dr Mark O’Brien OP, is a Dominican Friar (Order of Preachers) who lectures in biblical studies both at YTU and CTC in the University of Divinity. He has also lectured at the National Catholic Institute of Theology in Karachi, Pakistan and at Blackfriars College, University of Oxford and worked at the Catholic Institute of Sydney.

Dr Janina Hiebel, Janina Hiebel completed her PhD at Murdoch University, WA, in 2014 and holds a degree in theology (with specialisation in Old Testament studies) from a German university. Her areas of interest are the period of the Babylonian Exile, and especially the book of Ezekiel. Janina has been teaching Old Testament and Theological German at YTU since 2015 and is currently undertaking studies to complete the Graduate Certificate in Theological Education.

Dr Mary Reaburn NDS, teaches Wisdom Literature and Psalms. She is a Sister of Our Lady of Sion and has a deep respect for the literature we call the Old Testament or First Testament and for Jewish and Christian interpretation of these texts. She has also taught at Holy Trinity Theological College in Harare, Zimbabwe. Mary is member of the Council of the Australian Bishops’ Conference for Christian Unity and Inter-religious Dialogue and on the Ecumenical and Interfaith Commission of the Melbourne Archdiocese. She is particularly involved in Jewish-Christian and Jewish-Catholic relations.

Dr Chris Monaghan CP, is a Passionist who studied at YTU and then at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome and Jerusalem. Since 1987 he has been lecturing at YTU in both Old and New Testament. The major focus of his teaching throughout these years has been Matthew, Luke-Acts and the letters of Paul.

Prof Mary Coloe, pbvm, teaches in the field of New Testament studies, with a particular focus on the Gospel of John. She has been teaching at the Australian Catholic University, and has also taught at Boston College, the Jesuit School of Theology Berkeley, and at the Ecce Homo Biblical Institute Jerusalem. She is a member of the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas and other national and international biblical associations. She was recently appointed by the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity to participate in a 5 year Dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Disciples of Christ.