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Pete and Jared discuss how doubt in the life of faith is normal (in fact, unavoidable and inevitable), biblical (you might be surprised how blunt some biblical writers are), and spiritually beneficial (struggling with uncertainty transforms faith in ways nothing else can). You can also check out Pete’s book on the topic, The Sin of Certainty.
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.
Today’s podcast is all about Pete coming at you with Israel’s belief that, though many gods existed, their God Yahweh was the only deity worthy of worship—a concept referred to as monolatry. This idea is simply one angle for addressing the big questions: what is the Bible, anyway, and what do we do with it?
This week’s guest is New Testament scholar Daniel Kirk. Our discussion is all about Jesus as human and why we shouldn’t skip over that part too quickly for the life of faith.
This week’s guest is Kent Sparks, professor of biblical studies and provost at Eastern University. Our discussion is all about the mystery of Israel’s origins. And it is a mystery. The exodus and conquest of Canaan (Exodus through Joshua) are central to Israel’s identity, and are certainly informed by old traditions and authentic historical memory—but they not historical accounts in the modern sense. How and when, historically speaking, Israel stepped out onto the world stage is a huge mystery, though we have some clues to piece together a compelling picture.
Today’s guests are Jared and me. Mainly because we’ve already run out of interesting people to talk to. But seriously, “How can we teach the Bible to our children?” is a question that keeps coming up, and so, as parents in various stages of life, we thought we’d dip our toes into the water. I’m sure this won’t be the last time we discuss this on B4NP, especially given the changing landscape of western Christianity.