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 20 & 21 - Abraham Incites a War & Ishmael Gets a Future
Genesis chapter 20 offers a complicated look at the character of Abraham and the nature of God; especially when the covenant still unfolds despite some questionable narratives.
Genesis chapter 21 portrays division amongst Abraham's children and a very clear depiction of who the covenantal lineage will carry through.
Genesis 18 & 19 - Sodom, Gomorrah, & Hospitality
Genesis 18 must be read before understanding Sodom and Gomorrah.
Abraham, as the first act of the covenant, practices extravagant generosity to three strange travelers. Abraham and God argue out what should be done if there are 10 righteous men, a village tribunal, in Sodom.
Lot, who chose the prized land, does not have extravagant hospitality and, in fact, his village practices humiliation, dominance, and powerful violence toward the travelers.
We also explore how this text has been read throughout history to help us understand how it ought to be read today.
Genesis 16 & 17 - Abram, Sarai, Hagar, Ishmael, & Circumcision
The covenant of Genesis continues and the question of the heir remains. Sarai concludes that the slave from Egypt, Hagar, is going to have to pass on the ancestry of Abram. Ishmael is born, conflict ensues, and Hagar is heard and seen by El-Roi.
Genesis 17, in response to an heir being born by Sarai, leads to another major covenantal, symbolic ritual called circumcision. What is circumcision, why is it done the way it is done, and why is it so important for the covenant?
Genesis 14-15 - Tribal Wars and Blood-Path Covenants
Genesis 14 takes us into the ancient near east and the tribal world while also offering a strange picture of a character who seems to transcend the tribes. Chapter 14 also sets up the context of who the God of the covenant is and who Abram of the covenant is.
Genesis 15 gives a deep dive into the covenant and a strange ritual contract ceremony.
Genesis 12-13 - The First Patriarch, His Failures, and Divine Will
We meet Abram and follow the progression of the covenant; which doesn’t always include very good things from Abram and other finite mortals. This episode covers the nature of the Patriarchal history in Genesis and the specific stories of Genesis 12-13: The covenant blessing, the journey to Egypt, the separating of Abram and Lot, and so much more. We even talk a bit about transcendent will, determinism, and human agency.
Genesis 10-11 - The Tower of Babel and Its Founder
The mythic history section of Genesis comes to an end in the culminating depiction of the world’s ills. This also seems to be the final setup for the covenant. We look at the Tower of Babel and what it means for how the ancient Jewish people believed the world isn’t supposed to work.