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.


Episode 20: Diana Butler Bass - Reading the Bible as an Experience & Relationship  

This week Pete and Jared talk with speaker, author, and theologian Diana Butler Bass about her love for the Bible that has led her beyond code words and conventions to something deeper and more spiritually sustaining.

Episode 19: Megan DeFranza - The Bible and Intersex Believers  

On this episode of the Bible For Normal People, Pete and Jared talk with theologian Megan DeFranza (actually, Megan educates us) on a topic that affects deeply the lives of many, but that few Christians even know is a topic. And Megan might surprise you about what the Bible and church history have to say about it. 

Episode 18: Jared Byas - Taking the Bible Seriously But Not Literally  

This week, Jared takes on his first solo episode. Since he’s a plebeian and doesn’t have his own Wikipedia page (unlike Pete), he begins with a little autobiography and the recurring theme of taking the Bible seriously but not literally. And encourages us, no matter how we read the Bible, to stop using “literally” altogether. 

Episode 17: Denis Lamoureux - The Bible, Evolution, & Christian Faith  

This week on The Bible for Normal People, Pete and Jared speak to Denis Lamoureux on a topic that never seems to go away. Lamoureux is associate professor of science and religion at St. Joseph’s College in the University of Alberta. 

Episode 16: Ellen Davis - What is the Practical Value of the Old Testament?  

On this episode, Pete and Jared talk with Ellen Davis, Amos Ragan Kearns Professor of Bible and Practical Theology at Duke Divinity School, about the value of the Old Testament for Christians.


Episode 15: Brian Zahnd - Violence in the Bible and What to Do with It  

On this week’s episode, Pete and Jared speak with Brian Zahnd about violence in the Bible. Brian Zahnd is the founder and lead pastor of Word of Life Church (Saint Joseph, MO), and he writes, blogs, and Tweets regularly on the problem of violence in the Bible. His next book Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God is set to be released August 2017. 

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, author of God and the Gay Christian, about the complexities of biblical interpertation surrounding human sexuality.

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 on 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  

New Testament scholar Daniel Kirk joins us this week to discuss the humanity of Jesus and why that shouldn’t be obscured. 

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

On this week’s episode Pete and Jared talk with historian and Old Testament professor Kent Sparks about the mysterious origins of the Israelites.

Episode 7: Pete Enns and Jared Byas - Teaching the Bible to Your Children  

On this week’s episode Jared and Peter talk about their experiences with the challenge of teaching the Bible to children. 

Episode 6: AJ Levine - Jesus, Judaism, and Christianity  

On this week’s episode of The Bible for Normal People, we speak with Amy-Jill Levine on understanding Jesus is his Jewish context. 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 5: Mike McHargue - That Topic that Isn’t Going Anywhere Anytime Soon: Science and the Bible.  

On this week’s episode, we talk with Mike McHargue about science and faith.  Mike is the author of Finding God in The Waves and the host of two popular podcasts, The Liturgist Podcast and Ask Science Mike. 

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

This week’s podcast is a discussion of the state of the Bible in the mainline church with Old Testament scholar and theologian Walter Brueggemann.

Episode 3: Rachel Held Evans - Unraveling and Re-Raveling the Bible  

On this week’s episode, we speak with Rachel Held Evans on unraveling and re-raveling the Bible. Rachel has written three best-selling books exploring her evolving journey of faith.

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 controversial New York Times Best-Seller Love Wins.

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