A critical bible study which places the individual stories within the context of the culture and contemporary mythologies from the region.
Everything that could go wrong within a church has gone wrong. One member is sleeping with his stepmother and his immoral behavior has attracted the ire of Paul’s rivals who seek to undermine his authority. If that’s not bad enough, the congregation has turned against him. Some are denying that Christ was resurrected and others are openly cursing Jesus! What is an apostle to do? Write a stern letter, of course.
056_Rome if You Want To
Paul's final letter, written to the Christians in Rome, contains a treasure trove of information which sheds light on the beliefs of the early Christian community. Though these beliefs don't always match up with the tale later told in the book of Acts. And the Jesus that these early Christians worshiped may have been quite different from anything we could have previously guessed.
055_When in Rome
The apostle Paul gives us our oldest surviving Christian writings which were addressed to congregations on two continents. But the version of Christianity he preach and the story of Jesus that he and his congregations understood, is significantly different from what would be stated in the later gospels. His ideas seem constantly at odds with the Hebrew Bible, which he seems to believe is irrelevant to Christianity.
054_The End is the Beginning
We conclude our survey of the Book of Enoch with the Epistles of Enoch. This fifth and final section deals with blessings of the righteous and curses for the wicked, the destruction of heaven and earth, and the divine nature of Noah. We also dig into the overall theology of the authors of this book and how it sets the stage for Christianity.
In the Book of Visions we find a strange and curious section entitled the "Animal Apocalypse" which tells the entire history of the world, but replaces all the main characters with various animals. One portion, involving a great man who is being portrayed as a ram, has been hailed as a prophecy for Jesus' imminent arrival. But the truth behind this scene might be something else entirely. This might recall an event which is connected to the origins of Hanukkah and the story of Samson.
052_Spirit in the Sky
In the middle of 1 Enoch lies the Astronomy Book, a strange manuscript which details the method for establishing a solar calendar. While this may be important for tracking the seasons, it's difficult to comprehend why it should be included in scripture. Unless there's more to this book and their calendar than we previously believed.
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A common sense deep dive into the text. The amount of research that goes into an episode is unparalleled.
A refreshing look at the Bible (and book of Enoch) from a fresh perspective. Apologists always scream CONTEXT! well, here it is!
Illuminating and entertaining
Why would a nonbeliever study the Bible? It’s tempting to suppose that they just want to hate it, revile and insult it. But the Bible is amazing from a human perspective, as the energies of so many scholars show. The only criticism I have of the podcast is that Jason is not a scholar and too infrequently refers to his sources - there is disagreement on Bible interpretation even among secular scholars. But I am glad Jason took the time to record this podcast with his own take on these stories. Very illuminating and entertaining.