Search the Scriptures with Dr. Jeannie Constantinou
I know some people complain about her speaking style, that it's like she's talking down to you, but I find it very crisp and direct. She does a topic by topic Bible study, right now she's on Elijah. I like that she tackles topics you wouldn't necessarily find in your average Bible study such as whether Solomon ultimately repented of his sin and how the Fathers disagree on it.
I also found it a bit hard at times, in the beginning. It doesn't bother me much now. I thought I heard her say in the intro episodes that she taught young children so it may have stuck and she doesn't realise it!
Yes, I remember her saying that in one podcast.
I like her a lot. I like the fact that she gives us what to expect in an academic setting. I remember her saying this is no longer Sunday School. We no longer drink milk, we should be ready for the meat. Even though she may sound like a mother talking to a child, she does have excellent content. My choice for her comes from the fact that I feel I need to have a strong foundation on Scriptures. I think Orthodox have a propensity to be weak in Scripture and more on history and Church fathers. So choosing her was based on what subject I was looking for, and that was Bible study. On top of that, due to my busy life and my large amounts of driving, and the fact that now I have an iPhone and a bluetooth transmitter for the car, it is enjoyable to use my time in driving listening to these podcasts. I just wish there was a button on my bluetooth thingy that would go back one minute just in case I was paying more attention to the road or something.
Her theology? Well, I don't question her theology at all. I can understand how many of the things may be controversial, but in actuality, as I understand it, this is the type of stuff taught in seminaries, no? And I feel I appreciate her more when she shares these views even if one may disagree with them simply because this is something you will have to deal with when talking to "scholars." But I'll be honest, I never really heard anything she said that counts as "shady" or "unOrthodox." She definitely does a wonderful job catering to a Patristic audience in my opinion.
Next, I also wanted to learn American History of Orthodoxy, so naturally Matthew Namee is my other podcast. It's interesting though that my two choices of podcasts also have them not updating their podcasts for a while. If ever I listen to all of them, then I'll look elsewhere.