133 episodes

A weekly podcast talk show having serious talks about the sacred book. Hosted by Peter Enns and Jared Byas.

The Bible For Normal People Peter Enns and Jared Byas

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A weekly podcast talk show having serious talks about the sacred book. Hosted by Peter Enns and Jared Byas.

    Episode 129: Brooke Prentis - Reading the Bible Through Aboriginal Eyes

    Episode 129: Brooke Prentis - Reading the Bible Through Aboriginal Eyes

    Brooke Prentis is an Aboriginal leader and CEO of a Christian organization in Australia called Common Grace. On this episode, she shares with us some Aboriginal perspectives on the Bible and how the Bible speaks to the injustices that Aboriginal people have faced and continue to face.
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    Episode 128: Matthias Henze - The Bible & Second Temple Judaism

    Episode 128: Matthias Henze - The Bible & Second Temple Judaism

    What happened during the time the writings of the Old Testament stopped and the New Testament writings began? People didn’t stop writing and what they wrote helps us better understand the context of the Bible. On this episode we talk with Dr. Matthias Henze who studies this in-between time period and he shares with us what he's learned about the world in which Jesus lived. 
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    Episode 127: Miguel De La Torre - Diverse Voices in Biblical Scholarship

    Episode 127: Miguel De La Torre - Diverse Voices in Biblical Scholarship

    Many of us believe that our interpretations of the Bible are generally the same as everyone else's. But does that make them them good? On this podcast episode, we talk with Professor of Social Ethics and Latinx Studies, Miguel De La Torre about why we all need to examine where our biblical interpretations come from and why we need to diversify our understandings of the Bible. 

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    Episode 126: Kirsten Powers - The Journey To Grace

    Episode 126: Kirsten Powers - The Journey To Grace

    In this episode, Jared and Pete are joined by political correspondent Kirsten Powers, to talk about her journey of faith, her openness to the mystery of God, and how she’s learning to treat others with a higher level of grace.

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    Episode 125: Pete Enns - Big Ideas that Shaped Biblical Scholarship: Julius Wellhausen and the Pentateuch

    Episode 125: Pete Enns - Big Ideas that Shaped Biblical Scholarship: Julius Wellhausen and the Pentateuch

    Biblical scholarship has grown a lot over the centuries but there are some ideas that are just so good they never go away! On this episode of the podcast, Pete looks at one of those foundational ideas: Julius Wellhausen’s documentary hypothesis. Wellhausen and others saw inconsistencies in the Old Testament and their discoveries shaped how we understand the historicity of the Bible. 
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    Episode 124: Yii-Jan Lin - Immigration & the Book of Revelation

    Episode 124: Yii-Jan Lin - Immigration & the Book of Revelation

    Under the hood of America, we see an interesting history of using the book of Revelation to talk about immigration. Our guest, NT scholar Yii-Jan Lin walks us through the profound impact the book of Revelation has had on the US dialogue about people coming into our “City on a Hill.”
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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
2K Ratings

2K Ratings

a drumming dog ,

Some really great info here, but be discerning for yourself

I would say this podcast isn’t really so much the Bible for normal people as it is the Bible for liberal people. I’m a center-right conservative so that has struck me, not necessarily a bad thing but just something to keep in mind. Really enjoy hearing almost everything Pete has say, some of the guests have highly questionable ideas however.

Marc Eagles ,

Helpful and Interesting

Fantastic listen every time. Pete and Jared are good by themselves and the guests they bring on are always top notch. I was late to discover but since subscribing, I’ve listened to every podcast and some twice. Appreciate their depth of knowledge as well as the ability to disagree with other more conservative strains of Christianity with respect. This podcast is a gift.

BuzKl ,

Grateful

Grateful for Pete and Jared helping me gain new perspectives and to regain a new sense of the sacredness of the text. I have lived the diversity of guest on this show and if I were to choose a favorite, it would be AJ Levine. Many, many thanks for this labor of love.

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