The Bible For Normal People

The Bible For Normal People

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The Bible for Normal People is hosted by Peter Enns and Jared Byas.

Episodes

Episode 15: Brian Zahnd - Divine Violence in the Bible  

On this week’s episode, Peter and Jared speak with Brian Zahnd about violence in the Bible. 

Brian Zahnd is the founder and lead pastor of Word of Life Church, a non-denominational Christian congregation in Saint Joseph, Missouri. Brian and his wife, Peri, founded the church in 1981. Brian is also the author of several books, including, Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God, Water to Wine, A Farewell To Mars, Beauty Will Save the World, and Unconditional?: The Call of Jesus to Radical Forgiveness.

Episode 14: Matthew Vines - The Bible and The Gay Christian  

On this episode of the Bible For Normal People, Pete and Jared talk with Matthew Vines.

Episode 13: Marc Brettler - On Being a Jewish Biblical Scholar  

On this episode, Pete and Jared talk with Marc Brettler on the conversation between the insights biblical scholarship, Jewish tradition, and the nature of the Bible.

Episode 12: Pete Enns and Jared Byas - Faith and Doubt: No, You’re Not the Only One  

On this episode, Pete and Jared discuss how doubt in the life of faith is normal, biblical, and spiritually beneficial.

Episode 11: Benjamin D. Sommer - Jewish Views of the Bible  

On this week’s epsiode, Jared and Pete speak with Ben Sommer, professor of Bible at the Jewish Theological Seminary (NYC). Christians have A LOT to learn from Jews about how their Bible works.  

Episode 10: Pete Enns - The Israelites Believed in Many Gods.  

In this week’s episode, Pete explores “monolatry,” the ancient Israelite belief that many gods existed but only one God, Yahweh, was worthy of worship. The ancient Israelites were not monotheists, and thinking they were obscures the theology of many passages by imposing an idea the Israelites would not have understood.

Episode 9: Daniel Kirk - Understanding The Human Jesus  

On this week’s episode of The Bible for Normal People, Jared and Peter interview New Testament scholar Daniel Kirk. 

Episode 8: Kent Sparks - Where Did the Israelites Come From?  

On this week’s episode of The Bible for Normal People, Pete and Jared talk with Kent Sparks about the origin of the Israelites. 

Dr. Kenton Sparks currently serves as VP for Marketing & Enrollment, and Special Assistant to the President at Eastern University, St. Davids, Pennsylvania. Kent has served at Eastern University since 2000. Prior to his appointment as VP for Marketing & Enrollment, and Special Assistant to the President, Kent served for several years in the Provost Office, first as Assistant Provost and then as our Provost.  In addition to his experience in administration, Kent is an accomplished scholar and teacher. As Professor of Biblical Studies at Eastern, he has written five books and numerous articles, has served as the regional president for the Society of Biblical Literature, and has been tapped as Teacher of the Year at Eastern University; he is also a recipient of the Lindback F [...]

Episode 7: Teaching the Bible to Your Children  

On this week’s episode of The Bible For Normal People, Jared and Peter spend time talking about their experience with the challenge of teaching the Bible to children. 

Episode 6: AJ Levine: An Atheist and A Jew Walk Into The New Testament  

On this week’s episode of The Bible for Normal People, we speak to AJ Levine. Amy-Jill Levine is University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School and the author of a number of books including Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi.

Episode 4: Walter Brueggemann - Resurrecting the Bible in The Mainline Church  

This week on The Bible for Normal People, we speak with Old Testament scholar and theologian Walter Brueggemann.

Episode 2: Richard Rohr - A Contemplative Look at The Bible  

On this week’s episode we have Fr. Richard Rohr to talk about a contemplative approach to the Bible. 

Episode 1: Rob Bell - What Is The Bible?  

On this week’s episode, we talk to Rob Bell. He is the author of the upcoming book “What Is The Bible?” and the New York Times Best-Selling book “Love Wins”.

Introduction  

This is the introduction to Bible for Normal People: The Only God Ordained Podcast on The Internet. Serious Talk About the Sacred Book with Peter Enns and Jared Byas.

Introduction  

This is the introduction to Bible for Normal People: The Only God Ordained Podcast on The Internet. Serious Talk About the Sacred Book with Peter Enns and Jared Byas.

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