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!
Earliest Christians I: Deciphering Jesus
The earliest Christians had three theological problems to tackle. First, what exactly happened at the resurrection of Jesus? Second, how was Jesus related to God? Third, what happens to people after they die?
After the Temple II: The Christians
I look at the two earliest Christian communities we know about: the Judean clubs run from Jerusalem by James and Peter, and the pagan clubs founded by Paul and others. I also have excursions into why women lost their positions of authority in Paul's clubs, the gospel according to the Hebrews, and how Paul transformed the message of Jesus, into a message about Jesus.
Bonus: The Patriarchs with A Podcast of Biblical Proportions
In this bonus episode I am joined by Omri and Gil of the rambunctious podcast “A Podcast of Biblical Proportions” for a discussion about the Patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and a little bit about Joseph.
After the Temple I: The Judeans
The rabbis now make their appearance: the heroes ben Zakkai and more Gamaliels than you can shake a stick at. Scholars grudgingly hold they are rebranded Pharisees, but they are willing to change their minds.
The Romans diverted the old Temple tithe paid by the diaspora into a new tax, the fiscus Judaicus. As the Romans tried to work who was a Jew, they accidentally created the first formal distinction between Jews and Christians.
We also see the writing of the last apocalypses and testaments.
Bonus: The Twelve Minor Prophets IV: Micah and Nahum
I'm joined by Steve Guerra as we continue our series on the twelve minor Old Testament prophets. Here we tackle Micah and Nahum. Micah is the chirpiest of the prophets, a favourite amongst both Christians and Jews. No one loves the frothing ravings of Nahum.
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.
Educational and detailed and accessable
A wonderful educational resource presented in a very accessible and logical manner. Gary is a great presenter and has a great passion for his subject and it shows. Ive learned a lot of amazing details on theological history via this podcast and Gary’s collaborations with Steve Guerra (History of the Papacy podcast, also on the Agora network)
Wonderful tour of the history, theology, and geo-political context of the biblical writings
Garry takes the listeners on an engaging, rich, and entertaining tour of what is currently known about the historical context of the biblical writings, and gives a fascinating glimpse into world they evolved from and ongoing scholarly debates.
Garry is great and zeroing in on the fascinating details and condensing a huge amount of content into half-hour episodes.
I love listening to this podcast. So easy to listen to, informative, and unassuming. Love it