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A weekly podcast examining what the Bible says about the oneness and unity of God and about the humanity of Jesus Christ.

The Biblical Unitarian Podcast Dustin Smith

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A weekly podcast examining what the Bible says about the oneness and unity of God and about the humanity of Jesus Christ.

    194: The Human Jesus in Hebrews Chapter 2

    194: The Human Jesus in Hebrews Chapter 2

    The latter part of Hebrew chapter 2 is one of the Bible's most persuasive and extended arguments for Jesus' humanity. The passage cites two quotations from the Old Testament in order to demonstrate that Jesus has human brothers and sisters. It argues that Jesus was likened to human beings in all things, including mortality, ability to be tempted, and possessing a faithful relationship with God. We also discuss translation issues with a passage that led many medieval interpreters to think that Jesus preexisted as the Son of God and eventually took upon himself human nature--a reading that has been completely abandoned by modern scholars.


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    • 29 min
    193: Interpreting the Number “One” Christologically in Hebrews 2:11

    193: Interpreting the Number “One” Christologically in Hebrews 2:11

    The grammatically ambiguous reference to the number one in Hebrews 2:11 opens the door for two competing interpretations, both with significant implications for Biblical Unitarians. Does the passage indicate that Jesus and the believers all derive from a single creator--the Father alone? Or did the author of Hebrews intend to portray Jesus as sharing the same humanity as believers? This episode will explore Hebrews 2:11 and its lesser-known ambiguous reference, drawing theological conclusions thereafter. 


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    • 29 min
    192: The Christological Impact of Psalm 8 in Hebrews 2

    192: The Christological Impact of Psalm 8 in Hebrews 2

    Although Psalm 8 is cited and alluded to frequently in the New Testament, Biblical Unitarians have only seldom used it in their portrayals of Jesus. This episode looks at Hebrews chapter 2 and its use of Psalm 8 in order to better understand its Christological impact. We discuss the differences between the Hebrew version and the Greek version of Psalm 8, the meaning of the phrase "He made him lower," the importance of God sharing his attributes with a human creature, and the implications of all things being subjected under the human Jesus' feet.


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    • 36 min
    191: Making Sense of Hebrews 1:10-12

    191: Making Sense of Hebrews 1:10-12

    Hebrews 1:10-12 is one of the most difficult passages for Biblical Unitarians, especially in light of its apparent designation of Jesus as the creator of the heavens and the earth. This episode offers a few suggestions on ways in which the text probably was intended to be understood by the author of Hebrews, focusing specifically on the precise wording of the citation from Psalm 102, the ongoing argument involving Jesus' greatness in comparison with the heavenly angels, Wisdom Christology, and various theological points that are to come up later in the Book of Hebrews.


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    • 41 min
    190: Worshipping the Son in Hebrews 1:6

    190: Worshipping the Son in Hebrews 1:6

    Hebrews 1:6 presents some interesting interpretive issues for such a lesser-known passage. We discuss the meaning of the "world" where God led Jesus (and whether this was the first time or the second time this has occurred). We also explore the meaning of "firstborn" in the current argument between Jesus' status and that of the heavenly angels. We also look into how the heavenly realm is framed in terms of the inheritance associated with the age to come in the theology of Hebrews. Lastly, we attempt to find the original source of the quotation cited and understand the significance of angels offering worship to Jesus when they formerly worshipped God. 


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    • 36 min
    189: The Coronation of the Son in Hebrews 1:5

    189: The Coronation of the Son in Hebrews 1:5

    Hebrews 1:5 cites two passages from the Old Testament that both speak about God becoming the Father of the Son. Some have interpreted these passages in light of the argument in the Book of Hebrews to refer to Jesus' birth, where Jesus came into existence. Others have suggested that these quotations are referring to Jesus' baptism or even his resurrection/exaltation. This episode discusses the merits of each interpretation and suggests a solution that hopefully flows well with the argument made in Hebrews thus far.


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    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
47 Ratings

47 Ratings

FollowingYeshua ,

Such detail, nuance, and finesse! :-)

What a blessing you are to the body of Christ, Dustin! In one of your recent podcasts on how Paul quoted OT Yahweh texts of Jesus, you mentioned that "discussing these matters requires attention to detail, nuance, and finesse." I'm so grateful for the way you do just that in your teaching. If we're not careful to identify the biblical assumptions Paul wrote with, and we simply use "human logic" to draw conclusions as to what he was saying, we can easily arrive at wrong conclusions. Peter was being kind when he stated that in Paul's writings are "some things hard to understand" that readers can easily "distort" if they're not careful. Thanks for putting all the hard work you do into your teachings! You offer us so much to ponder as we seek to rightly honor the Lord in our lives and thinking!

CBAnnB ,

Excellent!

I love hearing and learning the truth of YHWH’s word and will. Thank you Dustin!

TNbirder ,

Easy to Understand

Dustin’s podcast is slow and broken down in a way that’s easy to understand. I especially appreciate the recap at the end of each podcast. He’s brought up topics that I’ve never heard of before and compiles his podcasts into series so that you’re satisfied with an in-depth study. Thanks for the good work - keep it coming!

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