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On this week’s episode, Pete and Jared speak with Brian Zahnd about violence in the Bible. Brian is the founder and lead pastor of Word of Life Church (Saint Joseph, MO), and he writes, blogs, and Tweets regularly on the problem of violence in the Bible. His next book Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God is set to be released August 2017.
In this week’s episode we talk with our guest Matthew Vines about some of the complexities of biblical interpretation concerning human sexuality. Vines is author of God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships.
This week’s episode explores how Judaism engages modern biblical scholarship which is often hostile to that tradition. Our guest is Marc Z. Brettler, Bernice and Morton Lerner Professor of Judaic Studies, Duke University. He is the author and editor of several important books including The Jewish Study Bible, The Bible and the Believer, The Jewish Annotated New Testament, and How to Read the Bible.
Beginning this week we are moving to our summer schedule—every other week. Our next podcast will be up next Monday (June 19) and our guest will be Marc Brettler to talk about Judaism and biblical scholarship. We will resume our normal weekly schedule September 10.
Until then, muddle through by employing whatever dysfunctional coping habits you’ve developed in your life. It may help to remember that You’re a living organism on this planet and you’re safe. . . . Just stay inside and listen to some music. Do you have any Allman Brothers? (Bonus points if you can name that SNL skit.)
Pete and Jared discuss how doubt in the life of faith is normal (in fact, unavoidable and inevitable), biblical (you might be surprised how blunt some biblical writers are), and spiritually beneficial (struggling with uncertainty transforms faith in ways nothing else can). You can also check out Pete’s book on the topic, The Sin of Certainty.
This week’s topic is Jewish ways understanding what the Bible is, namely what it means to speak of the Bible as “revealed” and “authoritative.” Our guest is Benjamin D. Sommer, professor of Bible and ancient Semitic languages at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City. His latest book is Revelation and Authority: Sinai in Jewish Scripture and Tradition. Christians have much to learn from Jews about how to understand the nature of the Bible.