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Join Dave and Helen as they travel back in time (metaphorically… it’s a podcast) to explore the real history of the people, places and events of the Old Testament, New Testament and everything in between.

Biblical Time Machine Time Travelers Club

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Join Dave and Helen as they travel back in time (metaphorically… it’s a podcast) to explore the real history of the people, places and events of the Old Testament, New Testament and everything in between.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
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    A Crash Course in Biblical History with Dan McClellan

    A Crash Course in Biblical History with Dan McClellan

    Join Helen and Dave as they attempt the impossible — to cover the entirety of biblical history in one fact-packed episode! To help us, we recruited Dan McClellan from the Data Over Dogma podcast to walk us century by century, book by book through the creation of the Bible. It's like listening to a full season of Biblical Time Machine in one sitting. (In a good way!)For a deeper dive into the biblical history topics discussed on today's show, check out these past podcast episodes --->Biblic...

    • 1 hr 3 min
    The History of Prayer from Ancient Judaism to Early Christianity

    The History of Prayer from Ancient Judaism to Early Christianity

    The "Song of Miriam" is one of the oldest verses in the Hebrew Bible and it's a prayer. What was the nature and role of prayer in ancient Israelite religion? And how can we trace the evolution of prayer into the New Testament period and Jesus's institution of the "Lord's Prayer"? Guest Judith Newman takes us on a fascinating exploration of the history of prayer in ancient Judaism and early Christianity. Check out Judy's book, Before the Bible: The Liturgical Body and the Formation of Scriptur...

    • 58 min
    Food: What Did They Eat in Ancient Israel?

    Food: What Did They Eat in Ancient Israel?

    Finally, Helen and Dave turn to the most important topic of any time period — food! What the heck did regular folks in the Levant eat back in the 12th and 11th centuries BCE? The Hebrew Bible is a lousy recipe book, so we talked to Jacob Damm, an archeologist who specializes in the food and foodways of Ancient Israel. Grab a snack for this one. You're gonna get hungry. More from our content partner Bible Odyssey:Milk and Honey in Ancient IsraelSUPPORT BIBLICAL TIME MACHINE!If you enjoy t...

    • 54 min
    A Face-Melting Look at the Ark of the Covenant

    A Face-Melting Look at the Ark of the Covenant

    If Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark is accurate, peering inside the fabled Ark of the Covenant will result in mild to severe face-melting and occasional head exploding. In the Hebrew Bible, the Ark doesn't melt any faces, but it does inflict its fair share of divine violence. Guest Rachelle Gilmour explains the fascinating history and lore behind the Ark of the Covenant. More from our content partner Bible Odyssey:The Ark of the CovenantShilohSUPPORT BIBLICAL TIME MACHINE!If...

    • 35 min
    The Case for Q, the 'Lost Gospel'

    The Case for Q, the 'Lost Gospel'

    One of the longest-running debates among biblical scholars is over the existence of a hypothetical "lost gospel" called Q. If you compare the synoptic gospels — Mark, Matthew and Luke — there are similarities and differences that can't easily be explained. Was there an even earlier source about Jesus that these gospels were based on? And if so, who wrote it and why was it lost? Our guest today is Paul Foster, a colleague of Helen's at the University of Edinburgh. Paul is a passionate Q suppor...

    • 53 min
    Samson: Hero or Psychopath?

    Samson: Hero or Psychopath?

    Of all the problematic heroes in the Hebrew Bible, Samson takes first prize. Samson is hailed as a hero of the Israelites — a "Nazirite" consecrated to God with superhuman strength — but he's also a mass murderer, womanizer and all-around menace to society. Helen and Dave welcome Mahri Leonard-Fleckman to the podcast to try to make sense of the wild (and wildly entertaining) Samson cycle. SUPPORT BIBLICAL TIME MACHINE!If you enjoy the podcast, please show your support through the Time Travele...

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

PearlieBoy ,

Informative

Very entertaining and highly informative podcast that illuminates the history of Catholic thought and practices, with a variety of exceptionally intelligent guests. Helen’s passion and intellectually spirited knowledge grounds the series.

Bradbertbert ,

Probably my fav podcast

What else is there to say?

RochelleMartin ,

Academic yet accessible Bible history podcast

I love this podcast: biblical archeology, anthropology, sociology, and textual/literary history, rolled into one show. Guests on each episode are academic experts in their field. Dave and Helen are great co-hosts. Dave’s journalism and divinity school background make a good combo – his interviews of guests are thoughtful, well-managed, and accessible. I also appreciate his Jewish background, which ensures that this is a *biblical* podcast, not just a *Christian* one. Helen’s extensive academic background (New Testament) allows her to ask intelligent questions and offer additional information on many topics, along with guests. There are episodes where Helen *is* the guest expert, and those are excellent too. I think this show would appeal to anyone interested in ancient near east history, archeology, or the Bible.

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