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 • 538 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
538 Ratings

538 Ratings

libby89547 ,

Bible

Having grown up and attended PCA Presbyterian churches (in which the bible is an infallible and completely true book written by God using humans as tools) until my midlife crisis/awakening, This podcast is the perfect way to re“read” the bible from an outside perspective without having to actually re-read the bible. Thankyou Niko and Lauren for your hard work and dedication. I give this podcast 42 out of 42 broken jars of gnard.

xSamuel Johnx ,

Feeling sane.

Hilarious, refreshing, and thought provoking.

I grew up religious and fully committed to ministry as a young adult. This podcast has been so healing for me.

I also think strangers to the Bible would have a great time with this podcast.

Also!? They cover the book of Enoch and other apocryphal works. Soooo good.

I give this podcast 7 out of 6 secretly but also obviously misogynistic prophets.

Clarissa13 ,

Slow on the uptake!!

I'm rating this show 5 out of 5 ancient zombie aliens! Never knew there were zombies, aliens, nor dragons in the Bible!
I'm thoroughly enjoying your entertaining take on each book, even when they are snoozers for you. Too bad I started more than a year and a half post finale. Definitely recommended! 😇😁🧟👽🐉🐉

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