112 episodes

An ex-Christian (Lauren O’Neal) and a nonbelieving sort-of Jew (Niko Bakulich) read the entire Bible, cover to cover, so you don’t have to. If you’ve ever been curious about what’s actually in the bestselling book in history but never found the time to read it, we’ve got you covered. Sunday School Dropouts is kind of like Mystery Science Theater 3000 for the Bible, or like listening to a recap of your favorite show, if your favorite show was about polygamous shepherds on very strict diets. The weird, the wacky, the wonderful—we’ll clue you in on everything they didn’t teach you in Sunday school.

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    • 4.6 • 515 Ratings

An ex-Christian (Lauren O’Neal) and a nonbelieving sort-of Jew (Niko Bakulich) read the entire Bible, cover to cover, so you don’t have to. If you’ve ever been curious about what’s actually in the bestselling book in history but never found the time to read it, we’ve got you covered. Sunday School Dropouts is kind of like Mystery Science Theater 3000 for the Bible, or like listening to a recap of your favorite show, if your favorite show was about polygamous shepherds on very strict diets. The weird, the wacky, the wonderful—we’ll clue you in on everything they didn’t teach you in Sunday school.

    Heaven and Hell

    Heaven and Hell

    It’s the season 3 finale! Niko and Lauren discuss a variety of underworlds, Dante’s Inferno, The Good Place, and why everything you thought you knew about heaven and hell is wrong. Plus: medieval hellmouths, and ancient Coltons Burpo!
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    • 1 hr 24 min
    Hanukkah

    Hanukkah

    Lauren, Niko, and special guest Sarah Michael (Niko's mom) discuss the Maccabees, dreidel disasters, all nine candles including the shamash, and everything else in the story of Hanukkah. Plus: growing up Jewish in 1960s Flint, Michigan, and Niko doesn't like sour cream on his latkes please!
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Masada

    Masada

    Niko and Lauren discuss the Zealots, the Sicarii, Flavius Josephus and the destruction of the second temple, and everything else in the story of the siege of Masada. Plus: 20th century Israeli poetry, and Niko wants a taste of those ancient dates!
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    The Life of Flavius Josephus

    The Life of Flavius Josephus

    Lauren and Niko discuss the siege of Jotapata, the destruction of the second temple at Jerusalem, Essene internships, and everything else in The Life of Flavius Josephus. Plus: John and Jesus! But not that John and Jesus!
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    • 1 hr 10 min
    The Dead Sea Scrolls

    The Dead Sea Scrolls

    Niko and Lauren discuss Bedouin goatherds, John the Baptist, a mysterious sect of Judaism called the Essenes, and everything else about the Dead Sea Scrolls. Plus: life in an ancient commune, and why archaeologists shouldn’t use Scotch tape.
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    3 Baruch

    3 Baruch

    Lauren and Niko discuss the phoenix, the angel Phamael, a heavenly ascent, and everything else in the apocryphal book of 3 Baruch. Plus: the thickness of doors is discussed, and what's the poop situation?
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    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
515 Ratings

515 Ratings

bmarrs ,

Late to the game

I’m kind of glad I’m late to the game on this podcast. That way I can binge it all. I really appreciate this type of conversation on this Bible. It’s raw, real & without pro Christian biases.

jveeds ,

Amazing research...but, like, watch the verbal tics

This is an amazingly well researched and well spoken podcast – a great combination of history, academics, archaeology, and amusing commentary. However (there’s always a however), our hosts need to, like, be careful about, like, some slightly annoying verbal like, tics, like. In “Masada“ I counted 40 “likes“ in the course of 10 minutes. So keep up the great work Lauren and Nico

JibaroPilipino ,

OK

Decent show. The smug atheism is a bit annoying but...

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