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Pete Enns & The Bible for Normal People

Understanding Deuteronomy & the Story of Israel’s Kings

In this episode, Pete and Jared discuss Deuteronomy, the so-called “Deuteronomistic History,” and why God in these books is so over-the-top angry most of the time.

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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)