32 episodes

Exploring the stories of the Old Testament from the perspective of the writers and audience, immersing ourselves in ancient history and contrasting the original Hebrew text and the King James version.
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A Podcast of Biblical Proportions Omri and Gil

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Exploring the stories of the Old Testament from the perspective of the writers and audience, immersing ourselves in ancient history and contrasting the original Hebrew text and the King James version.
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    26 - Esau and the Edomites

    26 - Esau and the Edomites

    The biblical authors portrayed the patriarch of the neighboring Edomites as an archetypical hunter-barbarian, in contrast to the more refined sedentary Jacob. Were they actually describing the desert and caravan Edomite culture or were they directing known stories onto Edom to make them look bad in a way that fits the story?
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    • 36 min
    25 - Jacob and the Supernatural

    25 - Jacob and the Supernatural

    As a Hebrew patriarch, Jacob has the privilege of meeting his maker and interacting with him. And those interactions are very different from those of his father and grandfather - he has a dream full of angels, he realizes belatedly that Yahweh is the one true god, and he fights with a person, who might himself be an angel or god himself. The Mesopotamian influences are all over these two stories, and the stitching of the editing jobs are visible in the effort of creating one coherent biblical narrative.
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    • 31 min
    24 - Jacob vs Jacob

    24 - Jacob vs Jacob

    The first two Jacob stories have a similar theme: Jacob outsmarting and out-maneuvering his seconds-older twin brother Esau to get ahead of his sibling. But the differences between the two versions are even more interesting. They reveal two story-telling traditions that are ages apart and are intended for a different audience who consumes the content differently.
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    • 44 min
    Meanwhile in... Mesopotamia

    Meanwhile in... Mesopotamia

    We step out of the biblical narrative for this new series that will dive into the history, culture and politics of other places around the world, during the events depicted in the bible. We walk through the biblical timeline from the creation through the 1800 BCEs from the Mesopotamian perspective. This change of point of view reveals the impact Mesopotamia has left on the bible.
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    • 51 min
    23 - Jacob: He's a Real Character

    23 - Jacob: He's a Real Character

    After his grandad Abraham, Jacob becomes the next star of the book of Genesis. But lo and behold! He is nothing like any of his ancestors, the meek obedient kind. No, he's a trickster, a liar, and a thief. He is considered to be the patriarch of the northern Hebrew people, the Israelites, while Abraham is of the south. The differences between these two patriarchs shed a lot of light on the cultural differences between the two peoples for whom the bible was written.
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    • 26 min
    22 - Isaac vs the Philistines

    22 - Isaac vs the Philistines

    They say that the winners get to write history, but the Hebrews lost alongside the Philistines to the Babylonian juggernaut who exiled the vanquished from their land. But the Hebrew losers had something their petty rivals and co-losers Philistines did not have - a book. And billions have read it. So we have a negative perception of the Philistines. But how would they tell their own story?
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    • 36 min

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