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The Biblical Mind is dedicated to helping its audience understand the deep structures of Scripture. It is published by the Center for Hebraic Thought, a hub for research and resources promoting biblical literacy and the intellectual world of the Bible.

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The Biblical Mind is dedicated to helping its audience understand the deep structures of Scripture. It is published by the Center for Hebraic Thought, a hub for research and resources promoting biblical literacy and the intellectual world of the Bible.

    Three Grinches in a Pod: Complicating Christmas

    Three Grinches in a Pod: Complicating Christmas

    It's that time of year again. 


    It's the time when those who hate eggnog, pretty lights, cheery music, presents, and joy itself crawl out of their dark, barren hovels, bent on ruining Christmas.


    Well, we aren't those people. Let us have our winter festival, says Dru. Let us have our (modest) presents, says Celina. Let us have our feasting, says Amy.


    But we all ask, what does the winter festival of American Christmas really have to do with the first and second comings of Jesus Christ? Are traditional Advent practices a straightforward way to redeem the holiday? Do we even want to put the "Christ" back in "Christmas"?


    Join Dru, Celina, and Amy as they discuss how we might faithfully improvise rituals of waiting and celebration to help us remember our place within the story of God's promise to the nations through Israel.


    0:30 Rushing and conflating—why we're grumpy

    6:08 Calling Dru out*

    6:49 The fat man in the room: Christmas is not a biblical holy day

    9:37 Redeeming Christmas through better rituals? 

    11:23 An Hebraic spin on Advent

    17:22 Distraction from the establishment of God's peace through Israel

    19:51 The biblical argument against telling children there's a Santa Claus

    21:41 Theologically rich Advent practices


    *Despite her protestations, Celina has since admitted that Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" totally slaps. 


    Show notes by Celina Durgin


    Credits for the music TBM podcast: hebraicthought.org/credits.

    • 31 min
    Toward an Integrated Liturgy of Work and Worship (Matthew Kaemingk)

    Toward an Integrated Liturgy of Work and Worship (Matthew Kaemingk)

    There is a deep division between work and worship in the West. However, the worship of the ancient Israelites integrated the sanctuary into the streets. What are ways that our work today (even sending emails) can be celebrated and offered to God as a form of worship?


    With reference to his book Work and Worship, Matthew Kaemingk explains how the tasks we do every single day can be integrated into our worship and daily liturgy.


    Show notes:


    0:26 Wandering minds during worship

    2:02 Integrated life

    2:58 Spiritual divide

    4:34 Work and worship

    6:13 How do we celebrate our work?

    12:00 Corey Wilson

    12:40 Imago Dei—workers

    17:40 Grander work

    20:02 Physical participation in the work of God

    22:57  Rituals and liturgies

    27:37 Gathering rituals, and honesty with God

    30:21 When wealth intercedes for work


    Show notes by Dominique LaCroix


    Credits for the music TBM podcast: hebraicthought.org/credits.

    • 35 min
    Crying for Justice: Why We Should Pray the ‘Angry‘ Psalms (Trevor Laurence)

    Crying for Justice: Why We Should Pray the ‘Angry‘ Psalms (Trevor Laurence)

    Pleas for justice in the book of Psalms—the imprecatory psalms—can make some Christians uncomfortable. They're often passed over in the psalter during worship. How do petitions for justice map onto the mission of Jesus? How are imprecatory prayers compatible with commands to love our neighbors?


    Though the Psalms contain many cries for vengeance, they also continually call readers back to a standard of holiness. Trevor Laurence discusses imprecatory prayers, the power of words to express profound pain to God, and how we can instinctively discern God and the world as we struggle through life.


    Show notes:


    0:26 How should Christians reconcile imprecatory prayers?

    4:00 Logic in the request for vengeance and vindication

    6:40 Callback to the covenant justice of God

    8:36 Rhetorical violence

    9:10 Deadly false accusations and the power of words

    12:30 What we're missing in our worship

    15:36 Profound pedagogies of prayer

    17:11 Imagination and embodied experience

    20:35 Ritual epistemology 

    21:34 If Trevor could design a church service

    25:32  Policy and advocacy in the church

    28:22 Liturgy: patterns that govern your life


    Show notes by Dominique LaCroix


    Credits for the music TBM podcast: hebraicthought.org/credits.

    • 33 min
    Reading the Bible While Black: The Crucial Perspective of the Black Church (Esau McCaulley)

    Reading the Bible While Black: The Crucial Perspective of the Black Church (Esau McCaulley)

    "Blackness is a part of American culture." Too often American Christianity is equated with white Christianity, while expressions of Black Christianity are overlooked. Continuing our series "By the Oppressed, to the Oppressed: How the Marginalized Church Reads Scripture," Esau McCaulley, author of Reading While Black, explains how American Black history has given Black Christians an important lens through which to understand Scripture, and how power can actually be a distorting lens. When people hear biblical interpretations they might have missed because of their own experiences, the narrative can change. 


    Show notes:


    0:27 When we misunderstand what we see and hear

    3:08 Black Bible reading

    6:33 Expressions of Black Christianity

    11:36 Distorting the influence of power

    16:03 The "Slave Bible" 

    23:48 Suffering and biblical interpretation

    27:14 The use of the Bible in the Civil War

    28:24 We need a fuller range of interpretations 

    34:33 Reevaluating your theological perspective


    Show notes by Dominique LaCroix


    Credits for the music TBM podcast: hebraicthought.org/credits.


     

    • 39 min
    Understanding Supersessionism and the Controversy over a TBM Article (Ari Lamm)

    Understanding Supersessionism and the Controversy over a TBM Article (Ari Lamm)

    A couple of weeks ago, The Biblical Mind published an article by Michael LeFebvre titled Jesus Restored the Original Purpose of the Law in the New Testament. Some readers expressed concern that the article endorsed supersessionist views. Not intending to suggest supersessionism, Michael revised some language in the article to address the concerns. It was retitled Jesus' Concept of the Law in the New Testament. Some Christians readers said they didn't fully understand the reaction.


    In response, Rabbi Dr. Ari Lamm joined the podcast to explain supersessionism, the relationship between Christianity and Judaism, and the reaction to some language in Michael's original article.


    Show notes:


    0:26 What the original title possibly conveyed

    4:30 The relationship between Judaism and Christianity

    8:01 Integration of "new" and "old"

    9:40 Marcion's argument

    14:34 Supersessionism

    18:58 Intention with words

    23:00 Response to comments 

    30:50 Ari's stance on the article

    48:20 Why is "legalism" a bad word?

    55:06 The Pharisees are too lenient 


    Show notes by Dominique LaCroix


    Credits for the music TBM podcast: hebraicthought.org/credits.

    • 1 hr
    Prosperity, Responsibility, and Economics in the Torah (Michael Eisenberg)

    Prosperity, Responsibility, and Economics in the Torah (Michael Eisenberg)

    Does the Torah mention wealth redistribution? What is the purpose of leaving the corners of your field unharvested? What economic system does the Torah advocate, and how would one live in accordance with it? Join us this week as Michael Eisenberg discusses these questions and more, covered his latest book, The Tree of Life and Prosperity. 


    Show notes:


    0:26 Is the Torah capitalist or socialist? Or . . . ?

    4:00 Abraham and empowerment

    5:40 Genesis: prescriptive vs. descriptive

    8:33 Is "wealth" a bad word?

    10:37 Modern example: CEO of Salesforce 

    11:39 Charity (tzedakah)

    14:11 Difference between Adam Smith and Torah

    17:49 Fruitfulness

    22:40 "Justice with no incarceration"


    Show notes by Dominique LaCroix


    Credits for the music TBM podcast: hebraicthought.org/credits.


     

    • 30 min

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