160 episodes

A weekly podcast talk show having serious talks about the sacred book. Hosted by Peter Enns and Jared Byas.

The Bible For Normal Peopl‪e‬ Peter Enns and Jared Byas

    • Christianity
    • 5.0 • 20 Ratings

A weekly podcast talk show having serious talks about the sacred book. Hosted by Peter Enns and Jared Byas.

    Episode 155: Sarah Bessey - Why Bother Praying?

    Episode 155: Sarah Bessey - Why Bother Praying?

    Praying can feel difficult during hard times and especially after a faith deconstruction. Sarah Bessey joins us on this episode of the podcast to talk about what inspired her to write a book on prayer and shares what has been helpful in her discovery of what it means to pray.

    Show Notes → ( https://peteenns.com/interview-with-sarah-bessey-why-bother-praying/ )

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    • 40 min
    Episode 154: Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Brettler - How Jews & Christians Read the Bible Differently

    Episode 154: Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Brettler - How Jews & Christians Read the Bible Differently

    It shouldn’t be a surprise to us now that people can read the same text and walk away with vastly different meanings. On this episode of the podcast, we’re talking with Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Brettler who share some reasons why Jews and Christians use and understand the Bible in different ways.

    Show Notes → ( https://peteenns.com/interview-with-amy-jill-levine-and-marc-brettler-how-jews-christians-read-the-bible-differently/ )

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    • 50 min
    Episode 153: James Kugel - Shifting Perspectives on God in the Bible

    Episode 153: James Kugel - Shifting Perspectives on God in the Bible

    James Kugel is back on the podcast sharing about how people during the biblical period understood God and how their views changed overtime. How does their understanding of God influence our understandings today?

    Show Notes → ( https://peteenns.com/interview-with-james-kugel-shifting-perspectives-on-god-in-the-bible/ )

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    • 52 min
    Episode 152: Pete Enns - What Makes Christianity Different?

    Episode 152: Pete Enns - What Makes Christianity Different?

    We’re back with Season 5! On this episode, Pete shares what makes Christianity distinct for him. He discusses the beginning of the Jesus movement, explains how New Testament writers probably understood their faith, and how first century Christians made sense of Jesus’ crucifixion.

    Show Notes → ( https://peteenns.com/episode-152-what-makes-christianity-different/ )

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    • 49 min
    Episode 151: 2020 - Let's Not and Say We Did

    Episode 151: 2020 - Let's Not and Say We Did

    2020— What a year. We’re wrapping up the year and the fourth season of the podcast with a look back onto what we learned from this season and from the year as a whole.

    Show Notes → ( https://peteenns.com/episode-151-2020-lets-not-and-say-we-did/ )

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    • 45 min
    Episode 150: Christopher Rollston - Where Does Hebrew Come From?

    Episode 150: Christopher Rollston - Where Does Hebrew Come From?

    This episode features linguist and professor Christopher Rollston who helps us understand the importance of studying languages when it comes to dating and understanding the Bible. We talk about other ancient Near Eastern languages, biblical manuscripts, inscriptions, and more!

    Show Notes → ( https://peteenns.com/interview-with-christopher-rollston-where-does-hebrew-come-from/ )

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    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

DanNZ2020 ,

Fantastic, funny, fascinating

Pete and Jared keep things light and interesting while tangling with some of the hardest and most important questions and issues relevant to critically thinking Christians.

Rougetète ,

Finally

This podcast has explained throughout my own beliefs that I have never been able to get across to others without them thinking I was crazy some how! Haha! They ask themselves and others the difficult questions that the intellectual mind asks that for many years have been dismissed and treated as if walking in dangerous ground.
Thank you both for making this podcast, which I follow closely along with Rob Bell, and Pete Rollins.... All after my own heart and soul... if only there were a way for myself to reach those around me that have been previously scared away from the belief of Christ and God, BECAUSE their own inquisitive questions went unanswered... I wish I could somehow start a tiny gathering in my tiny town of whanganui in my tiny country New Zealand... I have thought of putting up flyers to start such a thing - but want to refrain from using the “words” (because of negative connotations) God, Jesus, or Bible for obvious reasons... I don’t use social media so can’t “tweet” you... but hopefully I might hear a possible title come from one of you one day on one of your podcasts... something that would spark so much curiosity- that people would just arrive to discuss the above in the intellectual, dangerous and debatable ways the Word should be thought about without fear.
Again thank you for your casts and the people you bring to interview.
Grace be upon you in abundance
Jade Turner, Whanganui, New Zealand xx

Carlos 689 ,

Giving the bible life in a 21st century world.

These podcasts open up thinking on the bible that causes one to rethink ideas and theological themes. Pete and Jared don’t try and defend the bible but let the text speak on its own terms. They do great interviews and don’t seem to have any agenda apart from subverting dumb bible thinking that stuffs up Christianity. Their style is refreshing and light hearted. I hope that St Peter has listened to these podcasts before they meet him, otherwise he could feel quite insecure upon their arrival due to the changes they could bring to heaven!

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