190 episodes

An Everyperson's guide to a 150 years of research into the history presented in the Bible, for people of all faiths and backgrounds. I explore the religion of ancient Israel, the beginnings of Christianity, then finally the evolution of the heirs of Abraham to the year 200. I discuss every single book in every Bible (there are more than you think!). Lightly garnished with a dash of drollery, a soupcon of scrutiny, and not one ounce of objectivity. Not one ounce! Visit my website www.historyinthebible.com for extensive maps, charts, and diagrams.

History in the Bible Garry Stevens

    • History
    • 4.7 • 61 Ratings

An Everyperson's guide to a 150 years of research into the history presented in the Bible, for people of all faiths and backgrounds. I explore the religion of ancient Israel, the beginnings of Christianity, then finally the evolution of the heirs of Abraham to the year 200. I discuss every single book in every Bible (there are more than you think!). Lightly garnished with a dash of drollery, a soupcon of scrutiny, and not one ounce of objectivity. Not one ounce! Visit my website www.historyinthebible.com for extensive maps, charts, and diagrams.

    The Heirs of Abraham

    The Heirs of Abraham

    Keynote ep: An overview of the whole season. I introduce the ancient literary sources we have, and the modern archaeological discoveries that transformed our understanding of the period.
    Re-recorded to provide much better audio quality.
    Theme music "Inspiring Teaser" by Rafael Krux, https://filmmusic.io/song/5672-inspiring-teaser, license https://filmmusic.io/standard-license.

    • 33 min
    The Rococo World of the Second Temple

    The Rococo World of the Second Temple

    Keynote ep: On the cusp of the Great Revolt in 66, the little province of Judea had spent centuries under Hellenistic influence. Under this influence, Jewish thinkers produced a luxuriant literature in modes and genres unknown to the Tanakh/Old Testament.
    Theme music "Inspiring Teaser" by Rafael Krux, https://filmmusic.io/song/5672-inspiring-teaser, license https://filmmusic.io/standard-license.

    • 28 min
    Before the Great Revolt I: The Judeans

    Before the Great Revolt I: The Judeans

    Keynote ep: The Jews living in the Roman empire had many privileges that allowed them to practice their religion in peace and security. They were even allowed to avoid their patriotic duties of service to the state. The Romans favoured the province of Judea under the House of Herod, appointing it the peacekeeper and Roman proxy in the region. Why then did they revolt? I also introduce the synagogues.
    Theme music "Inspiring Teaser" by Rafael Krux, https://filmmusic.io/song/5672-inspiring-teaser, license https://filmmusic.io/standard-license.

    • 27 min
    Before the Great Revolt II: The Apocalyptic Christians

    Before the Great Revolt II: The Apocalyptic Christians

    In this show I discuss the state of the Christians on the verge of the Great Revolt in 66 CE/AD. The Seleucid empire created a new way of conceptualising time. This provided the Jews with the intellectual tool to create a new body of literature, the apocalypse. The apocalypses solve a vexing theological problem. Why are the Jews suffering under the Seleucids, when the Jews have done everything that the old prophets told them to do? The apocalypses explain that the Jews are pawns in a cosmic struggle. Christianity was born as an apocalyptic movement. I also cover the earliest Roman references we have to Christians, by Suetonius and Tacitus. I think some of these are misinterpreted.
    Theme music "Inspiring Teaser" by Rafael Krux, https://filmmusic.io/song/5672-inspiring-teaser, license https://filmmusic.io/standard-license.

    • 30 min
    The Great Revolt I: Lighting the Fuse

    The Great Revolt I: Lighting the Fuse

    Keynote ep: The backstory and background of the first of the three Judean revolts, the Great Revolt of 66 AD/CE. This revolt destroyed the Temple, extinguished the ancient religion of the Tanakh/Old Testament, and relegated the Jerusalem Jesus club, the foundational church of Christianity, to the margins. Both Christianity, and Judaism had to re-invent themselves. I introduce the dramatis personae of the revolt, also available on my website www.historyinthebible.com, if you can't keep track.
    Theme music "Inspiring Teaser" by Rafael Krux, https://filmmusic.io/song/5672-inspiring-teaser, license https://filmmusic.io/standard-license.

    • 30 min
    The Great Revolt II: A Civil War within a Rebellion

    The Great Revolt II: A Civil War within a Rebellion

    The Great Revolt of 66 AD/CE began as a protest against Rome's failure to protect the Judeans from their ancient foes. The Judeans proved to be effective fighters, easily dispatching the initial Roman response. The Romans withdrew and regrouped. That gave Judea seven months to prepare for Roman retaliation. During that interlude, Judea instead erupted into a vicious civil war. Judean militias and warlords attacked and betrayed each other. They acted as though the Romans were the least of their problems. They murdered countless numbers of their countrymen in Jerusalem, and starved the rest. The Great Revolt ended up as a self-inflicted catastrophe.

    Theme music "Inspiring Teaser" by Rafael Krux, https://filmmusic.io/song/5672-inspiring-teaser, license https://filmmusic.io/standard-license.

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
61 Ratings

61 Ratings

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Podcast Pete

Firstly, great to hear an Aussie voice on a podcast. Secondly, great content and well paced. I listen to lots of history podcasts and Garry is as good as any. Finally, nice to have the content without ANY advertising. A guy with a passion for his topic. You rock mate

Ge0greg ,

The best

I listen to a lot of podcasts on history and this is the best. Gary has a great sense of humour and is up to date on biblical scholarship. Can’t recommend highly enough (note: not for true believers).

Fuzzme ,

Outstanding take on Bible history

I am listening to this podcast for the 3rd time.
It is informative and fascinating. Garry stevens will take you on a historical journey through the Bible’s timeline in the old and New Testaments, also bonus episodes such as discussions with Stephen Guerra on the apocalypse and James the Just.
In the podcast, Garry uses Biblical quotes to support his storytelling, with a touch of cheeky humour.
I absolutely love this podcast. I am learning so much!

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