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Today’s podcast is all about Pete coming at you with Israel’s belief that, though many gods existed, their God Yahweh was the only deity worthy of worship—a concept referred to as monolatry. This idea is simply one angle for addressing the big questions: what is the Bible, anyway, and what do we do with it?
This week’s guest is New Testament scholar Daniel Kirk. Our discussion is all about Jesus as human and why we shouldn’t skip over that part too quickly for the life of faith.
This week’s guest is Kent Sparks, professor of biblical studies and provost at Eastern University. Our discussion is all about the mystery of Israel’s origins. And it is a mystery. The exodus and conquest of Canaan (Exodus through Joshua) are central to Israel’s identity, and are certainly informed by old traditions and authentic historical memory—but they not historical accounts in the modern sense. How and when, historically speaking, Israel stepped out onto the world stage is a huge mystery, though we have some clues to piece together a compelling picture.
Today’s guests are Jared and me. Mainly because we’ve already run out of interesting people to talk to. But seriously, “How can we teach the Bible to our children?” is a question that keeps coming up, and so, as parents in various stages of life, we thought we’d dip our toes into the water. I’m sure this won’t be the last time we discuss this on B4NP, especially given the changing landscape of western Christianity.
Our topic today is Jesus, Judaism, and Christianity with Amy-Jill Levine, University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University. She has written or edited many books including The Misunderstood Jew, Short Stories by Jesus, and The Jewish Annotated New Testament. She’s also funny.
B4NP Podcast Episode 5: “That Topic that Isn’t Going Anywhere Anytime Soon: Science and the Bible,” with Mike McHargue
Welcome to episode 5 with our guest “Science Mike” McHargue, author of Finding God in the Waves: How I Lost My Faith and Found It Again Through Science, and host of the insanely popular “The Liturgists” podcast. Mike is utterly guileless about his own walk of faith, and is a major go-to voice for many who struggle with an ancient faith in a modern world.