The Bible For Normal People

By Peter Enns and Jared Byas

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The Bible for Normal People is hosted by Peter Enns and Jared Byas

Episode Date
Episode 52: Pete Enns - Ecclesiastes
01:03:36

In this episode, Pete takes a look at 9 things you need to know to get  the somber book of Ecclesiastes. He cautions us against an optimistic reading as the author intends to questions everything—even God. It’s a book that’s not for the faint of heart (or for the new believer), as you need to have weathered the storms of faith to fully appreciate the tough questions being asked . . . and ultimately, the hope found within!

Jun 11, 2018
Episode 51: Jamie Wright - Jesus, Justice & the Mission Field
00:40:13

In this episode, Pete and Jared talk with Jamie Wright, whose experience as a missionary in Costa Rica had led her to question the church, missions and evangelicalism all while retaining her deep love for and faith in Jesus.

 

May 28, 2018
Episode 50: Rob Bell - What is the Bible?
00:46:38

)In this episode, Jared & Pete talk with Rob Bell about his new book, “What is the Bible” and his own evolution in his thinking about the Bible

[re-broadcast of Episode 1 from March 20, 2017]

 
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May 21, 2018
Episode 49: Pete & Jared - Critical Thinking
00:47:39

In this episode, Pete & Jared define critical thinking and unpack what it means to read the Bible critically. They suggest that a “God said it, that settles it” approach to scripture may not factor in the context, audience and literary style that the author employs in writing. Thinking critically about how we approach scripture allows us to experience the fullness and richness of the text.

 
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May 14, 2018
Episode 48: Jeffrey Stackert - Who Wrote the Pentateuch?
00:54:03

In this episode, Pete & Jared speak with Jeffrey Stackert about the origins of the Pentateuch, or the first five books of the Old Testament. Rather than looking at the books as separate works written by Moses, they discuss the documentary hypothesis which suggests that the Pentateuch was compliled from four sources. And many of the contradictions in the text may actually be indications of converging viewpoints from editors  including or omiting details to preserve the integrity of the text.

May 07, 2018
Episode 47: Audrey Assad - Deconverting From Certainty
00:47:15

In this episode, Pete & Jared speak with recording artist Audrey Assad about her music, her theology, and the shift from her conservative fundamentalist roots to Catholicism.

Apr 30, 2018
Episode 46: Wil Gafney - Womanist Midrash
00:42:23

In this episode, Jared & Pete talk to Wil Gafney about the Womanist interpretation of the Bible. In their discussion, she brings out fascinating nuances in the text and challenges the predominantly patriarchial interpretation of the past. 

 

 
 

 

 

Apr 23, 2018
Episode 45: Pete Enns - Romans for Normal People
01:00:50

In this episode, Pete (joined by his cat Marmalade) shares 10 things essential to understanding the book of Romans. He’s quick to point out a number of varying opinions about this important letter and suggests that the ways in which we’ve come to understand Paul’s writings may be incomplete at best. And the trite ways that some of the more familliar passage have been recited are far from Paul’s original intent.

Apr 16, 2018
Episode 44: Craig Allert - Where Did the New Testament Come From?
00:44:05

In this episode, Jared & Pete talk to Craig Allert about how the canon of scripture was curated. They also discuss the doctrine of “sola scriptura” and how the intertestimental books can be beneficial in bringing addition context and detail to our understanding of scripture.

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Apr 09, 2018
Episode 43: Jared Byas - Is the Bible True?
00:29:38

This week Jared walks us through the ways in which the Bible is true and in some ways untrue. He’ll start by unpacking what we mean when we talk about truth and give us some helpful insights into how we can approach historical facts that sometimes seem to be at odds with the Biblical text.

 

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Apr 02, 2018
Episode 42: Barbara Brown Taylor - How the Bible is Curated
00:43:23

In this episode, Jared & Pete talk to author, teacher and Episcopal priest Barbara Brown Taylor. They discuss the many different stages and “human fingerprints” involved in getting the Bible from the original manuscripts to the printed translations that we read, including our own theological history and tradition.

Mar 26, 2018
Episode 41: William Paul Young - Reimagining the God of the Bible
00:48:31

In this episode, Pete & Jared talk to William Paul Young, author of the NY Times bestselling book and feature film, “The Shack.” Young describes his thought process behind his controversial portrayal of God the Father as an African-American woman and reminds us that we all bring some level of interpretation to the Biblical text.

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Mar 19, 2018
Episode 40: Richard Rohr - A Contemplative Look at The Bible
01:00:02

On this week’s episode we have Fr. Richard Rohr to talk about a contemplative approach to the Bible.

[re-broadcast from March 26, 2017 (Episode 2)]

Mar 12, 2018
Episode 39: Understanding Deuteronomy & the Story of Israel’s Kings
00:59:18

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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Mar 05, 2018
Episode 38: Peter Rollins - The Bible as a Sacred Object
00:51:29

On this episode, we talk with Peter Rollins about how Christians have made the Bible (along with their views of God) into a “sacred object.” And, spoiler alert: that’s actually not a good thing.

Feb 26, 2018
Episode 37: Cynthia Shafer-Elliott - What Archaeologists Do & Why It Matters
00:46:41

Archaeologist Cynthia Shafer-Elliott turns a 2D Bible into a 3D picture by digging up artifacts from everyday ancient Israelite life. These were real people with real habits and customs that we never really see on the pages of the Bible.

Feb 19, 2018
Episode 36: Pete Enns - 7 Things You Need to Know about How the Book of Proverbs Works
00:48:49

In this episode, Pete Enns works through 7 big-picture issues that help us see what Proverbs is all about and why the idea of Wisdom is such an absolutely central and vital biblical concept that many know very little about.

Feb 12, 2018
Episode 35: Brian McLaren - The Bible As A Weapon
00:49:21

Jared & Pete talk with Brian McLaren about the dangers of a “weaponized Bible” and how our own bias and interpretation may cause us to reach some incomplete conclusions

Feb 05, 2018
Episode 34: Jen Hatmaker - Changing Your Mind About the Bible: A Survivor’s Guide
00:46:43

In this season 2 opener, Pete & Jared talk with Jen Hatmaker about what can happen, emotionally and relationally, when you change your mind about the Bible. And how to survive it with your faith intact. 

Jan 29, 2018
Season 2 Teaser
00:02:20

Here’s a glimpse of what’s coming in season 2 of The Bible for Normal People, featuring Jen Hatmaker, Barbara Brown Taylor, William Paul Young, Brian McLaren, and Cynthia Shafer-Elliot.

Jan 23, 2018
Episode 33: Pete and Jared - What Is The Bible & What Do We Do With It?
00:42:16

Season 1 wrap-up. Pete and Jared reflect on the first season of guests and topics and how they helped inform the big questions that drive this podcast. Season 2 is coming late January or early February 2018!

Dec 18, 2017
Episode 32: Carolyn Custis James - Moving Beyond Patriarchy
00:46:11

On this episode, Pete and Jared speak with Carolyn Custis James. Carolyn is an award-winning author who thinks deeply about what it means to be a female follower of Jesus in a postmodern world.

Dec 11, 2017
Episode 31: The Bible For Normal People: LIVE From Penn State University
01:02:33

In our continuing effort to corrupt the minds of college students (because college students don’t already have currupt minds), Pete and Jared recently took a road trip to Penn State to record an episode of The Bible for Normal People in front of a live audience

Dec 04, 2017
Episode 30: Pete Enns - Taking a Shot at Divine Violence
00:55:30

On this episode of The Bible for Normal People, Pete Enns—without any adult supervision whatsoever—gives his own take on divine violence, specificially: the Flood story, the curses in Deuteronomy 28, and, of course, the one every one wants to talk about, God’s command to the Israelites to wipe the Canaanites off the face of the earth and take their land. And a good time was had by all.

Nov 27, 2017
Episode 29: Anthony Le Donne - The Gospels as Memories of Jesus
00:52:29

On this episode, Pete and Jared speak to New Testament scholar Anthony Le Donne about The Gospels as memories of Jesus rather than strictly speaking “historical” accounts. Le Donne is the author of several books on Jesus and the Gospels and also edits the Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus.

Nov 20, 2017
Episode 28: Greg Boyd - Jesus & Divine Violence
00:48:48

The week’s guest is pastor and author Greg Boyd, and our topic is how the crucifixion of Jesus helps us see divine violence in the Old Testament from a fresh angle.

Nov 13, 2017
Episode 27: Pete and Jared - Authority, Revelation, and Inspiration
00:51:37

On this week’s episode, Pete and Jared riff with great eloquence and profundity on three big words that come up sooner or later whenever you start talking about the Bible, especially when you start thinking about the Bible in new ways. Is the Bible still authoritative? What does that even mean? Same with Revelation and Inspiration.

Nov 06, 2017
Episode 26: Drew Hart - The Bible, Race, and White Supremacy
00:45:46

On this episode, Pete and Jared speak with Drew Hart about race and the Bible. Hart is assistant professor of theology at Messiah College, author of Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism, and an activist with ten years of pastoral experience.

Oct 30, 2017
Episode 25: Jared Byas - Jonah
00:35:43

On this week’s episode, Jared digs deep into that theologically deep, literarily complex, and definitely not “children’s story,”  the book of Jonah.

Oct 23, 2017
Episode 24: Nyasha Junior - Womanist Biblical Interpretation
00:46:49

This week’s episode looks at Womanist Biblical Interpretation with Pete and Jared’s guest Nyasha Junior, assistant professor in the department of religion at Temple University in Philadelphia. She writes, teaches, speaks, and frequently tweets on race, gender, religion, and their intersections.

 

Oct 16, 2017
Episode 23: Beverly Gaventa - What is The Book of Romans Trying To Do?
00:49:32

This week, Jared and Pete speak with Beverly Gaventa. Beverly is Distinguished Professor of New Testament Interpretation at Baylor University and Helen H.P. Manson Professor of New Testament Literature and Exegesis Emerita at Princeton Theological Seminary. Her latest book is called “When In Romans”.

Oct 09, 2017
Episode 22: Pete Enns - 5 Things Jesus Wants You to Know about the Adam Story
00:51:06

In this week’s episode, Pete Enns lays out 5 things to keep in mind when reading the Adam story that will challenge your preconceptions, offer fresh points of view, and likely turn our entire political climate around for the better.

Oct 02, 2017
Episode 21: Jon D. Levenson - Resurrection in the Hebrew Bible
00:58:48

On this episode, Pete and Jared talk with Hebrew Bible scholar and theologian Jon D. Levenson about where the idea of resurrection shows up in the Hebrew Bible and early Judaism, what it means when it does, and how some of that finds its way into the New Testament. 

 

Sep 25, 2017
Episode 20: Diana Butler Bass - Reading the Bible as an Experience & Relationship
00:58:22

This week Pete and Jared talk with speaker, author, and theologian Diana Butler Bass about her love for the Bible that has led her beyond code words and conventions to something deeper and more spiritually sustaining.

Sep 18, 2017
Episode 19: Megan DeFranza - The Bible and Intersex Believers
00:49:16

On this episode of the Bible For Normal People, Pete and Jared talk with theologian Megan DeFranza (actually, Megan educates us) on a topic that affects deeply the lives of many, but that few Christians even know is a topic. And Megan might surprise you about what the Bible and church history have to say about it. 

Sep 11, 2017
Episode 18: Jared Byas - Taking the Bible Seriously But Not Literally
00:34:51

This week, Jared Byas takes on his first solo episode. Since he’s a plebeian and doesn’t have his own Wikipedia page (unlike Pete), he begins with a little autobiography and the recurring theme of taking the Bible seriously but not literally. And encourages us, no matter how we read the Bible, to stop using “literally” altogether. 

Aug 27, 2017
Episode 17: Denis Lamoureux - The Bible, Evolution, & Christian Faith
00:47:06

This week on The Bible for Normal People, Pete and Jared speak to Denis Lamoureux on a topic that never seems to go away. Lamoureux is associate professor of science and religion at St. Joseph’s College in the University of Alberta. 

Aug 14, 2017
Episode 16: Ellen Davis - What is the Practical Value of the Old Testament?
00:53:05

On this episode, Pete and Jared talk with Ellen Davis, Amos Ragan Kearns Professor of Bible and Practical Theology at Duke Divinity School, about the value of the Old Testament for Christians.

 

Jul 31, 2017
Episode 15: Brian Zahnd - Violence in the Bible and What to Do with It
00:50:53

On this week’s episode, Pete and Jared speak with Brian Zahnd about violence in the Bible. Brian Zahnd is the founder and lead pastor of Word of Life Church (Saint Joseph, MO), and he writes, blogs, and Tweets regularly on the problem of violence in the Bible. His next book Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God is set to be released August 2017. 

Jul 17, 2017
Episode 14: Matthew Vines - The Bible and The Gay Christian
00:52:09

On this episode of the Bible For Normal People, Pete and Jared talk with Matthew Vines, author of God and the Gay Christian, about the complexities of biblical interpertation surrounding human sexuality.

Jul 03, 2017
Episode 13: Marc Brettler - On Being a Jewish Biblical Scholar
00:45:16

On this episode, Pete and Jared talk with Marc Brettler on the conversation between the insights biblical scholarship, Jewish tradition, and the nature of the Bible.

Jun 19, 2017
Episode 12: Pete Enns and Jared Byas - Faith and Doubt: No, You’re Not the Only One
00:46:11

On this episode, Pete and Jared discuss how doubt in the life of faith is normal, biblical, and spiritually beneficial.

Jun 05, 2017
Episode 11: Benjamin D. Sommer - Jewish Views on the Bible
01:02:46

On this week’s epsiodeJared and Pete speak with Ben Sommer, professor of Bible at the Jewish Theological Seminary (NYC). Christians have A LOT to learn from Jews about how their Bible works.  

May 29, 2017
Episode 10: Pete Enns - The Israelites Believed in Many Gods.
00:41:41

In this week’s episode, Pete Enns explores “monolatry,” the ancient Israelite belief that many gods existed but only one God, Yahweh, was worthy of worship. The ancient Israelites were not monotheists, and thinking they were obscures the theology of many passages by imposing an idea the Israelites would not have understood.

May 22, 2017
Episode 9: Daniel Kirk - Understanding The Human Jesus
00:56:57

New Testament scholar Daniel Kirk joins us this week to discuss the humanity of Jesus and why that shouldn’t be obscured. 

May 15, 2017
Episode 8: Kent Sparks - Where Did the Israelites Come From?
00:58:53

On this week’s episode Pete and Jared talk with historian and Old Testament professor Kent Sparks about the mysterious origins of the Israelites.

May 08, 2017
Episode 7: Pete Enns and Jared Byas - Teaching the Bible to Your Children
00:45:56

On this week’s episode Jared and Peter talk about their experiences with the challenge of teaching the Bible to children. 

May 01, 2017
Episode 6: AJ Levine - Jesus, Judaism, and Christianity
00:49:11

On this week’s episode of The Bible for Normal People, we speak with 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.

Apr 24, 2017
Episode 5: Mike McHargue - That Topic that Isn’t Going Anywhere Anytime Soon: Science and the Bible.
01:03:18

On this week’s episode, we talk with Mike McHargue about science and faith.  Mike is the author of Finding God in The Waves and the host of two popular podcasts, The Liturgist Podcast and Ask Science Mike. 

Apr 17, 2017
Episode 4: Walter Brueggemann - Resurrecting the Bible in The Mainline Church
00:42:34

This week’s podcast is a discussion of the state of the Bible in the mainline church with Old Testament scholar and theologian Walter Brueggemann.

Apr 10, 2017
Episode 3: Rachel Held Evans - Unraveling and Re-Raveling the Bible
00:51:05

On this week’s episode, we speak with Rachel Held Evans on unraveling and re-raveling the Bible. Rachel has written three best-selling books exploring her evolving journey of faith.

Apr 03, 2017
Episode 2: Richard Rohr - A Contemplative Look at The Bible
01:03:54

On this week’s episode we have Fr. Richard Rohr to talk about a contemplative approach to the Bible. 

Mar 27, 2017
Episode 1: Rob Bell - What Is The Bible?
00:49:23

On this week’s episode we talk to Rob Bell. He is the author of the upcoming book What Is The Bible? and the controversial New York Times Best-Seller Love Wins.

Mar 20, 2017
Introduction, with Pete Enns and Jared Byas
00:06:50

This is the introduction to Bible for Normal People: The Only God Ordained Podcast on The Internet. Serious Talk About the Sacred Book with Pete Enns and Jared Byas.

Mar 13, 2017