What does it mean for God to Love a people? What does it look like for a community of people to reciprocate that love? In our first episode of the new year we are joined by Professor Jon Levenson who walks us through some of his research and reflections on God's love in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament). As we'll come to see this love relationship in the Hebrew Bible takes place within an exclusive. covenantal relationship with one family: the children of Israel. Unlike popular notions of love today, the love of God is rooted in more than just a feeling or emotion but rather in covenant and service to one another. Besides his careful and reverent approach to the Hebrew Scriptures, Professor Levenson also brings a wealth of insight to this topic from both within Judaism and Ancient Near Eastern culture. This conversation is a fantastic entry point into future conversations on how the love of God shapes human identity as people made in the image of God.