The Bible Project

By Tim Mackie & Jon Collins

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The creators of The Bible Project have in-depth conversations about the Bible, theology, and history. A companion podcast to The Bible Project videos found on youtube.com/thebibleproject

Episode Date
Metaphor E2: The Mountain Garden & the Human Ideal
00:46:30
This is our second episode in our series on reviewing metaphors in the Bible!
Jun 18, 2018
Metaphor E1: Metaphor & Our Imagination
00:59:05
This is our first episode in our three-part series on the use of metaphor in the Bible!
Jun 12, 2018
Art of Biblical Poetry E2: God Speaks in Poetry
00:44:02
This is the 2nd episode in our Art of Biblical Poetry podcast where we explore how God speaks in poetic language.
Jun 04, 2018
Art of Biblical Poetry E1: The Thunder of God
01:18:44
This is episode 1 in our series on Biblical Poetry!
May 28, 2018
Acts E4: Saul & Subversive Christianity
01:11:50
This is episode 4 of our series breaking down the book of Acts!
May 21, 2018
Acts E3: Global Christianos
00:54:54
This is episode 3 in our series outlining the book of Acts!
May 14, 2018
Acts E2: Pentecost and the Expected Unexpected Spirit
00:35:37
This is Episode 2 in our series on Acts!
May 07, 2018
Acts E1: The Startup of Christianity
00:40:39
This is episode 1 in our series on the book of Acts!
Apr 30, 2018
Design Patterns in the Bible Part 4: Chaotic Waters & Baptism
01:02:56
Tim and Jon continue to recap key stories in Genesis and the Old Testament. The key themes in these stories are chaotic waters and salvation through them.
Apr 23, 2018
Design Patterns in The Bible Part 3: Crossing the Chaotic Waters
00:51:31
Tim and Jon discuss literary design patterns in the Bible.
Apr 16, 2018
Design Patterns in the Bible, Live from Milpitas! Part 2
01:18:43
This is part 2 in our live conversation from Milpitas California! Tim and Jon continue their discussion on design patterns in the Bible.
Apr 09, 2018
Design Patterns in the Bible, Live from Milpitas! Part 1
01:16:52
Tim and Jon discuss literature design patterns in the Bible to a live audience and answer questions from the audience.
Apr 02, 2018
Understanding Settings in the Bible
00:35:47
Tim and Jon discuss the importance of understanding “Setting” in Bible stories.
Mar 26, 2018
Exile Q+R
01:03:07
This is our Exile Q+R!
Mar 19, 2018
The Exile and the Way Home
00:31:38
This is our last episode in our Exile series.
Mar 12, 2018
The Ethic of an Exile
00:40:57
This is our fifth episode in our series on Exile. In this episode, Tim and Jon discuss the theme of Exile in the story of Jesus and the New Testament.
Feb 26, 2018
The Exile and the Wisdom Warrior
00:56:46
This is part 4 of our conversation on the biblical theme of exile.
Feb 19, 2018
Exile From The Cosmic Mountain
00:44:30
In this show Tim and Jon breakdown famous Old Testament stories and how the exile theme is often an overlooked aspect of many Bible stories.
Feb 15, 2018
The Exile Of All Humanity
00:43:37
This is part 2 on the Exile theme in the Bible.
Feb 05, 2018
The Jewish Exile: How It Made The Bible
00:42:56
Tim and Jon break down how the Jewish exile impacted our modern Bible.
Jan 30, 2018
Nephesh/Soul Q+R
00:55:04
A question and response episode on the topic of the Hebrew word "Nephesh".
Jan 22, 2018
Characters In The Bible
00:48:33
In this episode Tim and Jon discuss character design in the Bible.
Jan 15, 2018
Justice Q + R
01:05:07
Jon and Tim respond to questions on the theme of Justice.
Dec 18, 2017
What Happens After We Die?
00:31:30
This is our third episode on the Hebrew word “Nephesh”. Tim and Jon discuss the Hebrew concepts of an afterlife.
Dec 12, 2017
Let's Get Physical
00:27:55
According to the Bible, we don’t have souls, we are souls.
Nov 22, 2017
You Are A Soul
00:55:43
How did we get the word “soul” from “throat”? Tim and Jon discuss.
Nov 13, 2017
Jonah Q + R
00:51:09
A Question and Response episode on the book of Jonah.
Nov 06, 2017
Justice Part 3: Jesus and His Mission of Justice
00:31:11
This is part 3 in our Justice series where we discuss Jesus and his mission for justice.
Oct 23, 2017
Justice Part 2: What is Social Justice and Righteousness in the Bible?
00:39:01
This is episode two of our Justice series. Tim and Jon discuss the twin ideas of Justice and Righteousness in the Bible.
Oct 17, 2017
Justice Part 1: What's the Biblical Vision of Justice?
00:58:05
What did the Hebrews believe justice looked like? And what was the biblical vision for a “just society?”
Oct 09, 2017
How to Read the Bible Part 7: Understanding Plot and Narrative in Bible Stories
00:51:40
Tim and Jon discuss how understanding the unique ways plot and narrative are used by the Hebrew authors to write Bible stories can impact how we read the Bible.
Oct 02, 2017
The Christian Ideal Part 2: Our Divine Nature
00:37:42
This is part two of our discussion on the Christian Ideal. Tim, Jon and their colleague Paul Pastor continue their discussion on redefining and reimagining holiness.
Sep 21, 2017
What’s the Christian Ideal? Part 1: Defining Holiness
00:38:36
What is the Christian Ideal? That’s exactly what we ask.
Sep 15, 2017
How to Read the Bible Part 6: Jewish Scripture Meditation vs. Modern Meditation
00:40:11
In thie sixth episode of this series, Tim and Jon continue discussing the story of Cain and Abel in the Bible and why its a good example of Jewish Meditation Literature. The Cain and Abel story is famous for its lack of detail, mysteriousness and brevity.
Aug 11, 2017
How to Read the Bible Part 5: Why isn't there more detail in Bible stories?
00:44:25
Many of us have wondered something like this and sometimes walk away from the Bible confused. We don't know why a character did what they did, or what they looked like, or even what the "moral of the story" is.
Aug 04, 2017
How to Read the Bible Part 4: Poetry, Narrative and Prose Discourse Genres.
00:45:16
Jon and Tim discuss the different literary styles used in the Bible.
Jun 23, 2017
How to Read the Bible Part 3: Intro to Literary Genres and the Stories We Tell Ourselves
01:00:50
Tim and Jon discuss the big three of literary styles employed in the Bible: Narrative, Poetry, & Prose-Discourse.
Jun 19, 2017
How to Read the Bible Part 2: Is Reading The Bible Together Just a Form of Group Think?
00:48:18
A jam packed episode where Tim and Jon discuss the ancient Hebrew practice of reading the Bible aloud, the sociology of both creating environments and being created by environments in Christianity, and the different kind of power between stories and facts.
Jun 09, 2017
How to Read the Bible Part 1: Reading the Bible Aloud in a Community?
00:59:24
Tim and Jon discuss the differences in ancient and modern ways of reading scripture, including why the Hebrew people would read scripture together as a group. The guys also talk about how challenging it can be to read the Bible by yourself.
Jun 02, 2017
How to Read the Bible Intro: What is the story of the Bible?
00:59:39
In this episode Tim and Jon discuss the big, narrative arcs of the Bible. What is the Bible really talking about? Sin? Salvation? Judgement?
May 19, 2017
Day of the Lord: Q + R
01:39:26
Tim and Jon respond to questions from our listeners on the theme of the Day of the Lord.
May 18, 2017
Day Of The Lord Part Six: Revelation and Jesus in Modern Politics
00:50:41
This is our final episode in our Day Of The Lord series. In this episode Tim and Jon discuss the book of Revelation. It's perhaps the most famous and obvious thing people think about when talking about a future “Day Of The Lord.”
May 17, 2017
Day Of The Lord Part Five: Jesus and the War Against Evil
00:56:31
Ancient Israel thinks that Jesus will lead them in war against the Romans and are surprised when Jesus alternatively goes to war with Evil itself.
May 10, 2017
Day of the Lord Part Four: The Evil Behind Babylon
01:04:47
A look into Amos, Habakuk, and Zephaniah. Where does evil come from and why does it exist?
May 04, 2017
Day of the Lord Part Three: Solomon, the Richest Man in Babylon?
01:01:46
Things aren't always what they seem in ancient Israel, and is it possible that there are Babylons among us today?
Apr 21, 2017
Day Of The Lord Part Two: Pharaoh vs. The Warrior God
00:42:27
A discussion on the role of technology in the Bible.
Apr 14, 2017
Day Of The Lord Part One: What's The Deal With "Babylon"?
01:04:38
A look into how Bible authors deal with the future of the world.
Apr 07, 2017
Deuteronomy Q + R
00:48:25
This week is our second to last release in our Old Testament Q+R series. We talk Deuteronomy.
Apr 06, 2017
Numbers Q + R
00:45:50
A Q+R on the book of Numbers in the Old Testament.
Apr 05, 2017
Leviticus Q+R
00:43:24
Tim and Jon respond to questions about the book of Leviticus
Apr 05, 2017
Exodus 19-40: Q + R
00:45:43
A Q+R on the second half of the book of Exodus in the Old Testament.
Apr 04, 2017
Exodus 1-18: Q + R
00:38:58
A Q+R on the first half of the book of Exodus.
Apr 03, 2017
Genesis 12-50: Q + R
00:42:25
Responses to listener's questions from Genesis 12-50.
Apr 02, 2017
Genesis 1-11: Q + R
00:46:00
Responses to listeners questions from Genesis 1-11.
Apr 01, 2017
Word Study: Shema - "Listen"
00:28:00
An introduction to the Hebrew word "Shema". What does it really mean to listen?
Mar 24, 2017
The Holy Spirit: Question and Response
01:27:02
We respond to your questions regarding The Holy Spirit
Mar 16, 2017
The Holy Spirit Part 3: Holy Spirit in the New Testament
00:48:15
An overview of how God's Spirit is understood in the New Testament.
Mar 10, 2017
The Holy Spirit Part 2: God's Ruakh
00:51:31
What does it mean for man to have a spirit? How does God's Spirit interact with man's spirit?
Mar 03, 2017
The Holy Spirit Part 1: Spirit of the Old Testament vs. The Spirit of Christianity
00:57:37
This is our first conversation about the Holy Spirit. It's a big theme in Scripture and often a controversial topic. Tim and Jon talk about how ancient Hebrews viewed the Spirit and the differences between ancient and modern views on the Spirit.
Feb 23, 2017
What's in your Bible?
01:10:42
Why are the books of the Bible ordered the way they are? Is there a value in reading the Bible in any other order?
Feb 14, 2017
The Bible as Divine Literary Art
01:03:21
Learn to see the Bible as an extremely sophisticated piece of literary art that has a theological message.
Feb 08, 2017
Story: Friend of Sinners
00:35:42
Harvey Turner, a youth group flunkie, grew up on the streets of Reno in the 90's. His passion for hip-hop leads him deep into drug culture but his search for meaning brings him face-to-face with Jesus.
Jan 29, 2017
Luke Part Four: Jesus, Rebels, and Resurrection
01:02:53
We discuss Luke 9-24. What did Jesus do and talk about when he was alive? Why did his message get him in trouble? Was Jesus a rebel? How does Luke want us to see Jesus?
Jan 06, 2017
Luke Part Three: Good News for the Poor
00:56:00
Luke Chapters 1-6 ooze with references and allusions to the Old Testament to show how Jesus is the fulfillment of the story of Israel.
Dec 13, 2016
Luke Part Two: An Overview of Luke
00:28:42
Tim and I are working on a series of videos that will tell the story of Jesus as recorded by Luke in his gospel. In this episode we do a quick overview of the entire book, working through each of the sections, observing how they all fit together.
Nov 22, 2016
Luke Part One: An Intro to Reading the Gospels
00:41:58
This episode is our preparation for making a video series that walks through the entire life of Jesus as told by Luke in his Gospel. This first episode is an introduction to what the Gospels are, and what it means to trust them as an accurate representation of what happened in human history. The Gospels are the version of what happened according to his disciples, and not only what happened, but why it all matters.
Oct 28, 2016
The Wisdom of Job Part 3: Job Vs. Elihu
00:59:02
This is our third and final conversation about the book of Job. First we talk about Elihu, a character that seems to pop up our of nowhere. Then we talk about chapter 28 in Job, how it stands apart from the rest of the speeches and gives us a clue as to what the point of the whole book is. Then we talk about the final showdown. God responds to Job’s accusations of being unjust and unfair.
Sep 10, 2016
The Wisdom of Job Part 2: Where on Earth is "Uz"?
00:41:30
This is part two of our three part conversation on Job. The question in Job is if God is just does that mean that the universe ought to always be run by the principle of strict just compensation. In this way the book of Job is a perfect thought experiment to explore this question. Job has done nothing to deserve the suffering that is inflicted on him. God acknowledges there was no reason. But even though Job doesn’t deserve it, he is still human and he reacts to the suffering in a myriad of ways. Sometimes trusting and praising God, sometimes accusing God of being cruel and untrustworthy.
Aug 29, 2016
The Wisdom of Job Part 1: Suffering Well
00:51:06
Why do good people suffer? Why is there evil in the world? Why can’t God make it so that everyone always gets what they deserve? Many people turn to Job to learn about how to deal with suffering as it is a very realistic portrayal of someone dealing with circumstances that are unfair. But is that all the book of Job is about?
Aug 03, 2016
Story: God and Money
01:02:39
In this episode of The Bible Project Podcast, Jon and Tim explore a story about two Harvard Business School Graduates who are confronted with a biblical view of money that changes their lives. John Cortinez and Gregory Baumer were young, successful Christians making more money than most of us dream of. They were faithful Christians tithing to their church regularly, but when they take an elective class at Harvard Divinity school about God and Money their paradigm about money turns upside down. Does the Bible say we have to tithe? How does the Bible ask us to view money? What does it look like when God’s view of money confronts two young Christian businessmen?
Jul 14, 2016
Wisdom of Ecclesiastes Part 2: The "Teacher" vs. Jesus
01:07:00
Hanging out with Ecclesiastes isn’t fun. The book goes on about the endless march of time that results in death for everyone. Everything dies––humans and animals. We can see that all living creatures go to the dirt, and we don’t have any concrete proof of what happens after that. Depressing, right? Yes––it can be. The teacher is trying to shake things up and dismantle the illusions of the reader, but it can be rough to read. The guys will talk about the context of Ecclesiastes, and why we as Jesus followers can see things differently. I n the first part of the episode (02:37-11:14), the guys talk about the “endless march of time.” Ecclesiastes has a whole poem about aging. We are all moving towards old age, and on top of that, life is unpredictable. We can’t guarantee that when we do the right thing it will work out. Where is the hope? In the next part of the episode (11:45-21:37), Tim and Jon discuss the teacher’s warning about being overly righteous. According to the author of Ecclesiastes, it is good to be righteous and strive to live an upright and moral life, but when that becomes our sole focus we can become entitled. In the next part of the episode (22:15-35:38), the guys try to make sense of all of the despair in this book. What are we supposed to do with this? We need to come to terms with our inability to control the circumstances of our lives. Acknowledging this is the secret to enjoying our lives. In the final part of the episode (36:04-1:07:10), the guys talk about how to live beyond all of the hevel of life. The teacher is talking about "life under the sun,” or our metaphor, “life in the fog.” Life still has meaning long into the future even though it can be hard to see in the present. Justice will come, life won’t always be shrouded in hevel, and one day the fog will be lifted. Video: This episode is designed to accompany our video on the book of Ecclesiastes. You can view it on our youtube channel here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeUiuSK81-0 Scripture References: Ecclesiastes Show Music: Defender Instrumental by Rosasharn Music Blue Skies by Unwritten Stories Flooded Meadows by Unwritten Stories
Jul 07, 2016
Wisdom of Ecclesiastes Part 1: Not Another Proverb...
00:51:20
The book of Ecclesiastes is a unique book in the Bible that has delighted and confused Christians throughout the years. It is our second book in the Wisdom Series. One thing that makes it unique is where scripture relies on ancient wisdom as core to understanding God’s world, Ecclesiastes’ Wisdom is based off of experimentation. The core conclusion of Ecclesiastes is that life is Hevel. “Hevel, Hevel, everything is Hevel.” And while modern translations typically translate that Hebrew word as “Meaningless”. And it is all over the book. In Hebrew, it is the word for smoke or vapor.
Jun 18, 2016
Wisdom Series: Proverbs
00:48:48
This book is for understanding Proverbs and Parables and Riddles for the wise. This book claims that there is a powerful, mysterious force in the universe called Hochma, we translate into “Wisdom". Wisdom is built into the universe principle in which the whole universe is ordered and which it coheres. The book starts with nine chapters of speeches encouraging us to seek after Hochma.
Jun 08, 2016
Intro to Wisdom Literature
00:31:51
Tim and Jon discuss the Wisdom Literature in the Bible: the books of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Job. All of these books are wrestling with a particular set of questions. We’ll talk about how we got these wisdom books in our holy scriptures We’ll discuss why there are three different books with three very different perspectives on why their is suffering in the world and the perspective we should have on how to live.
May 25, 2016
Image of God Part 4: Glory of God
00:52:32
What does it mean to glorify God? Is it simply singing songs? Does it somehow how to do with our behavior. Why is God so interested in his glory? How does this connect to the Image of God?
May 04, 2016
Image of God Part 3: The Garden Was Not Perfect
01:07:08
What is the chief end of man? How does being an Image of God affect me practically?
Mar 12, 2016
Image of God Part 2: God and Human's Makeover
00:47:14
Being remade into the Image of God is a different Christian narrative then we usually hear. Jesus is the truly human one who represents God's reign on earth and we are joined with him through the Holy Spirit to participate in that reign.
Feb 29, 2016
Image of God Part 1: Humans as Middle Managment
00:44:52
What does it mean that humans were created in "the image of God". Jon and Tim discuss this biblical theme and its implications for Jesus followers.
Feb 18, 2016
Holiness: Q + R
00:50:18
A Question + Response episode on the Biblical theme of holiness.
Feb 18, 2016
Heaven + Earth: Q + R
00:44:31
Jon and Tim respond to questions about the theme of Heaven + Earth in the Bible.
Feb 12, 2016
Heaven and Earth Part 4: What Did The Biblical Writers Think Happens After You Die?
00:55:19
Tim and Jon talk about some of the confusing language in the Bible about heaven.
Feb 12, 2016
Heaven and Earth Part 3: Jesus, The Ultimate Heaven & Earth Meeting Place
00:41:54
How Jesus followers saw themselves as a manifestation of God's presence on earth. How to seek God's Kingdom here on earth. And what happens when I die?
Feb 10, 2016
Heaven and Earth Part 2: When Heaven Meets Earth
00:36:53
In this episode we discuss why God's space and our space was torn apart, Cherubim, the prophetic hope for New Creation and how Jesus saw himself as a new temple.
Feb 04, 2016
Heaven and Earth Part 1: What is the Old Testament referring to as "Heaven"?
00:40:52
How does the Bible talk about where God lives? Tim and Jon walk through the biblical themes of Heaven and Earth in a three part conversation.
Jan 28, 2016
The Kingdom of God Part 3: God Vs. Kings
00:22:49
What does it mean for Jesus to bring the Kingdom of God?
Nov 15, 2015
The Kingdom of God Part 2: Co-Ruling with Jesus
00:43:36
God's Kingdom is introduced to us in Genesis 1 but then something goes wrong. We discuss how the Bible describes the conflict of the Kingdom of the world and the Kingdom of God and God's plan to fix it.
Nov 10, 2015
The Kingdom of God Part 1: The Kingdom of God Is the Gospel, starting from Genesis 1
00:29:18
The Kingdom of God is central to Jesus' message. It is a theme in the Bible that spans from page 1 all the way to the second to last paragraph of the Bible.
Nov 03, 2015
Understanding The Law Part 2: The Prophets
00:50:05
Tim and Jon discuss the metaphors used by Moses and The Prophets for why humans are incapable of obeying the law and how God plans to fix it. We discuss Jesus' teaching on the law, the Great Command, and how his followers dealt with the law.
Oct 20, 2015
Understanding the Law Part 1: The LAW
00:48:02
Tim and Jon discuss why God gave so many laws to ancient Israel in the Bible. There are 613 laws found in the Torah, the first five books of the Bible, and they were the basis of God's covenant with Israel. What role does the laws play in relationship to the overall narrative of the Old Testament?
Oct 19, 2015