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Pete Enns & The Bible for Normal People

Interview with Dr. Cheryl Bridges Johns: The Bible & Women’s Spirituality

In this episode of The Bible for Normal People Podcast, Pete and Jared talk with theologian and professor Dr. Cheryl Bridges Johns about how feminism has changed over the years and the importance of both being rooted in your own traditions and staying open to “the other.”

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  • “The prophetic gets marginalized as things are institutionalized.” @cb_johns
  • “What transforms us – and deconstruction is part of the transformation – but I believe it is the presence of God in a way that takes us outside of ourselves.” @cb_johns

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Monolatry: The Israelites Believed in Many Gods with Pete Enns

Monolatry: The Israelites Believed in Many Gods

May 22, 2017

In this episode of The Bible for Normal People Podcast, Pete talks about monolatry, and he explores the following questions:

  • What is monolatry?
  • If Israel believed that many gods existed, why was their God Yahweh the only deity worthy of worship?
  • What does Psalm 95 tell us about what the Israelites believed?
  • If the Israelites were monolatrous, how do they explain the greatness of Yahweh?
  • Where did the divine name come from? And what’s up with “Lᴏʀᴅ”?
  • Who is the king of all of the gods?
  • How do the plagues help us understand the theology of monolatry?
  • What’s with the beef between Yahweh and the egyptian gods?
  • What did fertility have to do with theology in the ancient world?
  • What does monolatry have to do with all the idol talk in the bible?
  • What do the judgements passed on the kings of Israel have to do with worshiping the gods of other nations?
  • Who is the Satan in God’s heavenly board meeting?
  • What is the Divine Council?
  • What do we do with these images of heavenly board meetings and divine councils in the Bible?
  • How is god talked about in ancient tribal cultures and how do we respect that?

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