3.5 Helen and Daniel - listen now
Guests Helen Bond and Daniel Mutia talk about gifts that mean something, the concept of home and being out there.
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About our guests
Chosen object: 2000-year-old bronze coin made by Pontius Pilate
Recording location: Falkirk
Helen is Professor of Christian Origins and Head of the School of Divinity at the University of Edinburgh.
Her published works include 'Pontius Pilate in History and Interpretation' (1998), 'Caiaphas: High Priest and Friend of Rome?' (2004), and more recently, 'The First Biography of Jesus: Genre and Meaning in Mark's Gospel' (2020).
She has acted as historical consultant and contributor for a number of television programmes and presented 'Jesus’ Female disciples: the New Evidence' for Channel 4 (2018).
Helen is interested in nearly all aspects of early Christianity and the social, cultural and religious context in which it emerged.
Originally from a small village in the North-East of England, Helen studied for her first degree at the University of St Andrews. While doing a PhD at Durham University, she spent a year in Tübingen, Germany. Before joining the University of Edinburgh in 2000, Helen taught at Northern College, Manchester and the University of Aberdeen.
She served as Director of the Centre for the Study of Christian Origins between 2011 and 2018.
Chosen object: Scotland-Kenya-themed placard
Recording location: Cowgate, Edinburgh
Daniel is an Electronics and Electrical Engineering student and Mastercard Foundation Scholar at the University of Edinburgh. He is the Vice President Inclusion at Edinburgh University Sports Union for 2020/21, having previously served as International Participation Officer in 2019/20.
Daniel is a co-founder of BuniTek, a social enterprise that creates simple, hands-on tech courses to inspire young people to use technology to create solutions. As Battery Engineer, he lent his skills to the HYPED team in preparation for the 2019 Space X Hyperloop Competition.
Daniel was elected to Kenya Children Assembly at the age of 10 to be the voice of his fellow children. He was voted as his District’s Children President and later the County Children’s Governor and the National Children’s Secretary. He has been a volunteer teacher in various primary and secondary schools during and after his high school education.
He was named as one of the Queen's Young Leaders of 2018 for his efforts towards fighting for education and equal opportunities for young people.
Host: Richenda Rae
Theme music: Nathan Webb
Producer: Sonia Mullineux