A scholarly yet accessible guide to the Bible and Theology.
What does the Bible actually say? Consider this an audio library to cover an extensive breakdown of the books of the Bible and some main concepts of theology.
Whether you’re a beginner or a skeptic, exhausted with modern Christianity or wanting to explore the text more fully — this podcast aims to challenge poor interpretations and Biblical illiteracy so as to untangle and clarify what the Bible actually says.
Hopefully, though we’re a bit unordinary, we can offer an approach to recover an informed version of Biblical content, discover a meaningful version of Christianity, and share a free education for anyone wanting to know more about the text.
Genesis 32 - Jacob's Doesn't Wrestle. He Transforms.
Who does Jacob wrestle with? Was it like a WWE match? Why does Jacob get touched on the hip and why does he walk with a limp? And what does this all mean for the people of Israel whose name starts as a result of this event?
This episode covers folkloric history, theological depictions of the covenant and God, and some psychological analyses of conflict, conversion, and change. Genesis 32 is one of the most relatable chapters of the Bible and one of the most important for the Biblical narrative.
Genesis 31 - Household Gods, Family Conflict, and Jacob's Homecoming
Jacob returns from Laban's household in Genesis 31. Rachel and Leah are left without inheritance and some household gods are stolen in the process.
Genesis 31 wraps up the deception of Jacob and Laban and acts as an etiology for some pieces of land and as a theological portrait of Israel and God. Genesis 31 ends one part of the Jacob cycle and sets up another conflict that is waiting for Jacob back at home.
Genesis 30 - Mandrakes, Sheep Breeding, and Tricking Your Way Home
Genesis chapter 30 sounds like a classic folk story. Two sisters are competing for the most kids, mandrake superstitions are used, and Jacob uses tree branches to breed Laban's flock.
Really, it is a messy story about the origins of the tribe of Israel. The way Jacob's ancestry continues is rife with issues, magical thinking, and self-preservation.
Genesis 30v1-2 - Theodicy, Suffering, and God in the Midst of Barrenness
The beginning of Genesis chapter 30 reveals a complicated theological picture that has come up several times in the book of Genesis and occurs frequently in the literature of the Bible: Does God cause bad things to happen?
This is a conversation on theodicy and Rachel's barrenness leads to Jacob claiming that God caused it. Why is barrenness treated like it is in the Bible and why does Jacob respond in such a perplexing way?
The Night Before Christmas - [Christmas Eve According to Isaiah]
The Christmas Story According to Isaiah
A meditation on Christmas Eve with narratives inspired by the prophet Isaiah to experience the transition from Advent to Christmas.
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Written by Tyler Kleeberger and Amie Brodie.
Produced by Tyler Kleeberger and Roger Tipping.
Voice by Tyler Kleeberger (Meditation and Commentary), Roger Tipping (The Story of the King), and Amie Brodie (The Story of the Shepherd).
Created for use by The Farmhouse.
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Genesis 29 - Jacob, the Deceiver, Gets Deceived
Jacob finally gets to his ancestral heritage and experiences a similar scene to his forefathers. Then chaos breaks loose and Jacob's past catches up with him in the form of Laban, the father of Leah and Rachel; both of whom will become Jacob's wives.
Genesis 29 catalyzes the Jacob cycle and also introduces us to the history of Israel's tribes in the birth of Jacob's children.