Pete Enns & The Bible for Normal People

Interview with Benjamin D. Sommer: Jewish Views on the Bible

This week’s topic is Jewish ways understanding what the Bible is, namely what it means to speak of the Bible as “revealed” and “authoritative.” Our guest is Benjamin D. Sommer, professor of Bible and ancient Semitic languages at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City. His latest book is Revelation and Authority: Sinai in Jewish Scripture and Tradition. Christians have much to learn from Jews about how to understand the nature of the Bible.

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David’s Sordid Past: This Ain’t No Kids Story

May 27, 2019

In this week’s episode, Pete and Jared take a close look at the call of David and the battle with Goliath (1 Samuel 16-17) to show how these biblical stories already portray David as a morally complex character from the beginning. These stories also tell us something of the intricate and layered nature of biblical storytelling.

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  • “This isn’t about saying ‘gotcha moments’ to the Bible. It’s actually saying if we look closely this is a very nuanced and sophisticated book.” @jbyas
  • “A lot of what biblical scholarship does is it asks questions of origins, like where do these stories come from and who put them together like this?” @peteenns

Cover art: David raises the head of Goliath as illustrated by Josephine Pollard (1899)