A layman's guide to a 150 years of research into the history presented in the Bible. 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!
3.3 Before the Great Revolt I: The Judeans
The Jews living in the Roman empire had many privileges that allowed them to practice their religion in peace and security. They were even allowed to avoid their patriotic duties of service to the state. The Romans favoured the province of Judea under the House of Herod, appointing it the peacekeeper and Roman proxy in the region. Why then did they revolt? I also introduce the synagogues.
Bonus 33 The Twelve Minor Prophets II: Amos and Hosea
In this bonus episode, Steve Guerra and I continue our series on the twelve minor Old Testament prophets. Here we tackle Amos and Hosea. Amos is the perfect pocket prophet. Amos gives you everything you want in a prophet, in a easily digestible form. On the other hand, his near contemporary Hosea is barking mad. Hear all about them in this episode.
3.2 The Rococo World of the Second Temple
On the cusp of the Great Revolt in 66, the little province of Judea had spent centuries under Hellenistic influence. Under this influence, Jewish thinkers produced a luxuriant literature in modes and genres unknown to the Tanakh/Old Testament.
Bonus 32: Into Exile With Bernie from the Fan of History podcast
Bernie Maopolski from the Fan of History podcast and I have fun discussing how the Judeans ended up in exile in the Babylonian empire.
3.1 The Heirs of Abraham
An overview of the whole season. I introduce the ancient literary sources we have, and the modern archaeological discoveries that transformed our understanding of the period.
Bonus 31: Retelling the Bible: A conversation with the Rev. W. Scott McAndless
In this bonus, I have a jaunty conversation with the Rev. W. Scott McAndless, author of the Retelling the Bible podcast. Scott has a ripping show for you, which I heartily recommend. We talk about how his show sprang from a book he wrote, and venture into various Biblical topics.
Nice podcast but...
...is he *trying* to sound like Adam Curtis?!
Where is the history?
I don’t know if I’m the only one, but I expected some historical deconstruction of the events mentioned in the Bible, how that might compare to other texts written at the time, what archeological evidence there may or may not be for these events, and what non-literal interpretations have been made about these events by both the writers and modern scholars. I did not expect a summary of the Bible with the occasional biased quip like “according to the Bible, slavery is good” without any further context into the culture of the day. Gary is a good storyteller and I enjoy the podcast to a degree, it just doesnt go into “All the history in all the books in all the Bible’s” as it claims to do.
love the podcast, excited for the new season! but! you have set your mic gate wrong in the new episode and it’s cutting off the ends of your words. hope you can fix it.