Pete Enns & The Bible for Normal People

Evangelicals and the Problem of the Old Testament with Pete Enns

In this episode, Pete Enns unpacks some of the problems presented by the Bible. Which are often addressed by the Evangelical movement, but in an ad hoc way.

5 Challenges of the Old Testament in the Evangelical movement:

  1. Antiquity of the Bible / Morally Objectionable Events
  2. Antiquity of the Bible / Theologically Objectionable Ideas
  3. Diversity and Contradictions in the Bible
  4. How the New Testament uses the Old Testament
  5. Historicity of the Bible

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Jesus, Judaism, and Christianity, with Amy-Jill Levine

Interview with Dr. Amy-Jill Levine: Jesus, Judaism, & Christianity

July 1, 2019

On this episode of The Bible for Normal People Podcast, we look back to our time with Dr. 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.

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  • “…One of the reasons parables are sometimes listed as difficult to understand is because they tell us stuff we actually really know deep down, but we’ve got it so repressed we don’t want to acknowledge it.” Amy-Jill Levine
  • “We all tell our stories the way we want to hear them. The Hebrews did it, the early followers of Jesus did it, the United States has done it, the world does it – it’s what we do.” Amy-Jill Levine

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