Welcome to “Strange New World,” a show about understanding the Bible, the world’s most influential, misunderstood book - a podcast tailor-made for skeptics, believers, and everybody in between.
Hosted by SALT’s own Matthew Myer Boulton, who’s spent twenty years teaching the Bible and theology to students at Harvard Divinity School and seminaries in New England and the Midwest, “Strange New World” will take a fresh look at the world’s bestselling book of all time, the ancient community library we call “the Bible.”
The show’s title, “Strange New World,” is borrowed from an essay written by a Swiss theologian a hundred years ago, in which he wrote of “the strange new world within the Bible,” a world so ancient, so different, so familiar, so strange that it presses us to think new thoughts from new points of view, “to dare and to reach,” and ultimately “to grow out beyond ourselves.”
The Bible and Climate Change - Part Two: Jesus
Part Two of our two-part series, “The Bible and Climate Change” - exploring what Jesus has to do with climate change, zeroing in on his last public teaching, the final words he wants ringing in our ears. Drop us a line at email@example.com.
The Bible and Climate Change - Part One: Genesis
Rethinking the Bible from the ground up, in the face of the greatest global challenge in human history. In this episode, we start with Genesis, and uncover how "climate change" - though it's never mentioned in the Bible - is on virtually every page. Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Understanding Easter - Part Seven: Rethinking Easter
In the concluding episode of our seven-part series, “Understanding Easter,” we rethink the holiday from the ground up, with help from Mary Magdalene and one of the most harrowing, fascinating stories in scripture: the story of Rizpah. Drop us a line at email@example.com.
Understanding Easter - Part Six: The Challenge of Palm Sunday
This episode tackles the challenge of Palm Sunday, a story brimming with an ancient idea about how scripture works, and what it's for. Why do the crowds welcome Jesus so warmly - only to turn on him in just a few days? And what's with all the palm branches, anyway? Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Understanding Easter - Part Five: What Resurrection Is For
How should we think about the mystery of resurrection? Is it actual resuscitation? Or a symbolic story? Or somehow both? With the Gospel of John and the prophet Jeremiah as our guides, we unpack this ancient mystery - with some surprising results. Drop us a line at email@example.com.
Understanding Easter - Part Four: The Great Reversal
The Easter story is full of big, bold reversals - but there's one in particular that's hidden under the skin of the story, and it just might be the most subversive of them all. Exploring it takes us to Japan, seventeenth-century England, 1980's New York City, and Nazi Germany - all to understand how the cross both epitomizes and proclaims The Great Reversal. And along the way, we'll visit one of the most famous verses in the New Testament (John 3:16), and one of the strangest stories in the Bible's library (Numbers 21).
Best podcast ever
I love this podcast I only wish it came out every week instead of just occasioinalty. Well researched, well delivered and very thought provoking
Strange New World
Best thought provoking podcast I’ve heard. Insightful without any “thumping”
Of the various podcasts I listen to, this is the only one that draws me back multiple times for each episode. And I hear and think about some part or another of this strange new world in a newly meaningful way each time. Thank you Matthew Myer Boulton and Salt Project for this real gift.