Pete Enns & The Bible for Normal People

Episode 100: Genesis for Normal People

In this episode of The Bible for Normal People Podcast, Pete and Jared talk about the themes in their newly upgraded book: Genesis for Normal People! They give us a taste of the multifaceted nature of Genesis as they explore the following questions:

  • How have science and archeology influenced how we read Genesis? 
  • What do we assume when we say the Bible makes historical claims?
  • What are the different creation accounts in Genesis trying to tell us?
  • What are some of the underlying themes of Genesis?
  • How do the themes of Genesis help us understand when the text was written?
  • How is Genesis connected to Proverbs?
  • How does the God character change throughout Genesis?
  • What are some themes of the Joseph story?
  • What’s the deal with all the younger brothers in the Bible?
  • What does the Bible teach us about lying and trickery?
  • How does privilege affect the questions we ask about the Bible?
  • How does Genesis mirror a political map of a later time?
  • How does the ancient worldview differ from ours today?
  • Why was Genesis written?
  • How do the contents of Genesis shape how we read the rest of the Bible?

Tweetables

Pithy, shareable, less-than-280-character statements from Pete and Jared you can share. 

  • “A careful reading of the Bible is a beautiful thing; it can also be a rather deconstructing thing at times.” @peteenns
  • “If we read the Bible closely, it impacts how we think of scripture in general” @jbyas
  • “Modern, western assumptions are not eternally correct and protected from all criticism.” @peteenns
  • A real critical approach means you are critical of yourself as well when you read it. That doesn’t hamstring you, it actually frees you to explore the text and to engage people of the past who have engaged it as well.” @peteenns
  • “A close reading [of the Bible] is prophetic in the sense that it criticizes our own assumptions and ideologies that we’ve brought to it” @jbyas
  • “The past is always written about for the sake of present… there’s some connection to helping us understand who we are today.” @peteenns
  • “Why are these themes here, what are they trying to say?” @jbyas
  • “When you write about the past you’re trying to say something about your present.” @peteenns

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Interview with Jennifer Knust: The Bible as a Living Document

September 16, 2019

In this episode of The Bible for Normal People Podcast, Pete and Jared talk with Jennifer Knust as they explore the following questions:

  • What is textual transmission?
  • How have Bibles changed over time?
  • Why do we have so many English translations of the Bible?
  • How has our view of the Bible changed overtime?
  • When did people start caring about the “original” version of the Bible?
  • Is our obsession with the “original” version of the Bible harmful?
  • How have we strayed from the historical tradition of the Bible?
  • Where do the chapters and verses in the Bible come from?
  • Why were chapters and verses added to the Bible?
  • Do chapter and verse placements matter?
  • How old are the oldest Greek New Testament manuscripts? 
  • How do Greek manuscripts present multiple interpretations?
  • What are the difficulties in translating Greek manuscripts?
  • How have different people loved the Bible throughout history?
  • How did the Dead Sea Scrolls actually set us back in our understanding of the Bible?

Tweetables

Pithy, shareable, less-than-280-character statements from Jennifer Knust you can share. 

  • “Every [Bible] translation is always an interpretation.” Jennifer Knust
  • “Protestants have a tradition… that we should assume the importance of the original over and against tradition.” Jennifer Knust
  • “We can’t assume every copyist [of biblical manuscripts] had the same attitude towards texts that we do.” Jennifer Knust
  • “The Bible is incredibly complicated even if you’re just reading it in English.” Jennifer Knust
  • “How wonderful that there were all of these people over centuries who loved these books and tried to copy them correctly as they understood what correctly meant.” Jennifer Knust
  • “The Holy Spirit seems to move through people and nature and interaction and prayer. So wouldn’t it work in that way with scripture as well?” Jennifer Knust

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