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Kevin Pickron
 Oct 13, 2019
really great podcast using the Eastern perspective, or Jewish mindset, worth the listen

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The BEMA Podcast is a walk-through of the context of the Bible and the Text itself, as well as surrounding history.

Episode Date
215: Character Study — Joseph, Part 2
32:43

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings merge the studies of Joseph and Jacob. As Joseph eventually experiences a reunification of his family, what more is left to do? Shouldn’t they sit back and enjoy the redemption in Egypt? Apparently not, according to Jacob.

The Exodus You Almost Passed Over by Rabbi David Fohrman

Genesis: A Parsha Companion by Rabbi David Fohrman

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Apr 15, 2021
214: Character Study — Joseph, Part 1
37:06

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings examine the arguments surrounding who bought Joseph from his brothers.

The Exodus You Almost Passed Over by Rabbi David Fohrman

Genesis: A Parsha Companion by Rabbi David Fohrman

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Rashi — Wikipedia

Maimonides — Wikipedia

Nachmanides — Wikipedia

Apr 08, 2021
213: Character Study — Jacob, Part 2
45:58

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings finish the conversation for this particular character study of Jacob. They suggested in the last episode that God was with Jacob, even if He did not approve of his actions. Why does God delay justice and/or punishment?

Genesis: A Parsha Companion by Rabbi David Fohrman

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Rashi — Wikipedia

Sefaria

Apr 01, 2021
212: Character Study — Jacob, Part 1
53:48

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings take a deeper look at the character of Jacob and share some things they’ve learned since the previous episodes on Jacob from 2017.

Genesis: A Parsha Companion by Rabbi David Fohrman

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Mar 25, 2021
211: John Whittaker — Blue Jeans Theology
52:00

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings are joined by special guest John Whittaker. He holds degrees in theology and ministry from Boise Bible College and Cincinnati Bible Seminary, plus a doctorate in preaching from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He served as a professor of preaching and the New Testament for 19 years, spent 11 years planting and pastoring a church, and has taught and preached at various places around the world. He has been teaching people to follow Jesus by learning to hear what the Bible says, and his latest endeavors are more accessible to people than ever. He and his wife, Louise, have been married for more than 30 years.

The Pursuit of God by A. W. Tozer

The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence

John Whittaker

Bible in Life Podcast

Tim Mackie: Skateboards, Jesus, and the Bible — Bible in Life Podcast

Brad Gray: The Power of the Original Context — Bible in Life Podcast

Brad Gray: The Old Testament Law and the Big Story of the Bible — Bible in Life Podcast

Jesus vs. Culture on Money and Wealth — Bible in Life Podcast

Core Training for Christians — Video Courses by John Whittaker

Prepare Them to Flourish by John Whittaker

About Prepare Them to Flourish

The Listener’s Commentary

Resources from John Whittaker

Intro to the Gospels — The Listener’s Commentary

Luke — The Listener’s Commentary

Special Guest: John Whittaker.
Mar 18, 2021
210: Midrash — The Man in the Fur Coat
37:32

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings take a look at even more midrash that surrounds the character of Noah. Some commentary describes Noah as the man in the fur coat. What is this all about?

Genesis: A Parsha Companion by Rabbi David Fohrman

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Mar 11, 2021
209: Midrash — Noah’s Backstory and the Nephilim
49:11
Mar 04, 2021
208: Midrash — Iscah, Sarai, and Birth Orders
39:35

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings take a deeper dive into one of the topics they hear about from listeners the most—midrash—and answer the most commonly asked question from the entire run of the podcast: What is going on with the genealogy of Abraham?

BEMA 8: Buried in a Genealogy

BEMA FAQ: Midrash — Marty Solomon, YouTube

Jewish Women’s Archive

BEMA 173: Jude — False Teachers

Feb 25, 2021
207: J. R. Briggs — The Sacred Overlap
45:03

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings are joined by special guest Dr. J. R. Briggs, the founder and director of Kairos Partnerships. His list of ministries and projects spans the gamut of possibility: from coaching pastors to instructing university students, from authoring books to hosting podcasts, J. R. brings a wealth of experience wherever he goes. He and his wife, Megan, have two boys and live just outside of Philadelphia.

About J. R. Briggs — Kairos Partnerships

Publications — Kairos Partnerships

Fail by J. R. Briggs

The Sacred Overlap by J. R. Briggs

Thought of the Day: Sacred Overlap — Marty Solomon, YouTube

Monday Morning Pastor Podcast

“Rubbing Shoulders with God” with Marty Solomon — Monday Morning Pastor

Resilient Leaders Podcast

Tweet on Hand Copying Luke

Practical Tips and Resources for Hand Copying Scripture — Kairos Partnerships

Tweet on Hand Copying John

J. R. Briggs on Twitter

Special Guest: J. R. Briggs.
Feb 18, 2021
206: Reed Dent — The Nature of Truth
57:36
Feb 11, 2021
205: Session 6 Intro
48:31

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings talk about Session 6, what they hope to accomplish, and some of the things you can expect to find in the next chapter of the BEMA Podcast.

BEMA Merchandise — TeePublic

Join the BEMA Slack

News — BEMA Discipleship

Marty Solomon on YouTube

Groups — BEMA Discipleship

Feb 04, 2021
204: Session 5 Capstone
36:24

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings officially wrap up the journey through history and talk about what comes next for BEMA…

Out of Sorts by Sarah Bessey

Jesus Feminist by Sarah Bessey

Join the BEMA Slack

Marty Solomon on YouTube

Sign Up for the BEMA Messenger

Bible Book Timeline by Roger Schmidgall

Jan 28, 2021
203: You Are Here
21:48

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings try to evaluate the great takeaways from this five-session journey through the Bible and the world of faith, talking about “The Four Pillars of BEMA” and imagining a world that returns to partake in some of the same things those early followers did thousands of years ago.

Out of Babylon by Walter Brueggemann

“Time in Babylon” by Emmylou Harris — YouTube

Jan 21, 2021
202: AD 1925 to Today
19:24

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings bring the story to our current day, seeing what this last century has done to the world of faith that we call our own. What is Christian fundamentalism and where did it come from? And how does evangelicalism fit into all of this? As believers, we make many assumptions about the world around us, but knowing why it exists is often helpful in accepting what it is.

AD 1925 to Today Presentation

“Jacob Neusner, Judaic Scholar Who Forged Interfaith Bonds, Dies at 84” — The New York Times

Jacob Neusner — Wikipedia

Jan 14, 2021
201: AD 1800–1925
23:13

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings leave the French Revolution behind and move into the modern era. How was the newfound land of freedom and independence handled? How did it impact the theology and ecclesiology of the people?

AD 1800–1925 Presentation (PDF)

Union in Truth by James B. North

Jan 07, 2021
200: AD 1650–1800
17:15

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings journey up to the end of the eighteenth century and follow the world of Protestant history as it moves out of the Reformation and through the Age of Enlightenment.

AD 1650–1800 Presentation

Rediscovering Discipleship by Robby Gallaty

Dec 31, 2020
199: AD 1550–1650
26:22

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings walk through one century of history that experienced an unbelievable amount of change and progress. Even outside of church history, this evolving world was fertile soil for the Reformation.

AD 1550–1650 Presentation (PDF)

Geocentric Model — Wikipedia

Heliocentrism — Wikipedia

Dec 17, 2020
198: AD 1300–1550
20:37

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings journey from the Crusades and head toward the Protestant Reformation—but on the way, it is good to recognize some names that are often underappreciated. These figures truly paved the way for some of the formative changes coming to Christendom.

AD 1300–1550 Presentation

Dec 10, 2020
197: AD 1000–1300
18:47

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings examine one of the darkest chapters in the history of Christendom.

AD 1000–1300 Presentation

Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller

Blue Like Jazz (movie)

The Battle for God by Karen Armstrong

Dec 03, 2020
196: AD 700–1000
26:24

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings walk through three centuries to see the great and famous East-West Schism, look at the idea of icons, and meet Charlemagne as a major character of this era of history.

AD 700–1000 Presentation

Byzantine Iconoclasm — Wikipedia

BEMA 0: Introductory Lesson

The Genesis of Science by James Hannam

Nov 19, 2020
195: AD 500–700
14:26

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings journey through the sixth and seventh centuries, examining the early monastic movements.

AD 500–700 Presentation

The Source by James Mishner

Nov 12, 2020
194: AD 300–500
23:41

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings examine the fourth and fifth centuries and the period of the ecumenical councils of early Christendom.

AD 300–500 Presentation (PDF)

Nov 05, 2020
193: AD 100–300
26:12

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings walk through the second and third centuries of Church history. Why are we so not-Jewish in our Christian practice today? What happened to cause such a schism between Jews and Christians?

AD 100–300 Presentation (PDF)

Bar Kokhba revolt — Wikipedia

Didache — Wikipedia

Oct 29, 2020
192: Telling a Story
25:49
Oct 22, 2020
191: Session 5 Intro
21:24

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings prepare for the beginning of Session 5 and our journey through church history by taking one last look in our rearview mirror.

Session 5 Intro Presentation (PDF)

Bible Book Timeline by Roger Schmidgall

Sign Up for the BEMA Messenger

Discussion Groups Map

Join the BEMA Slack

Oct 15, 2020
190: Session 4 Capstone
51:29

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings hold the usual capstone conversation, concluding our journey through the remainder of Scripture and reviewing the entirety thereof.

Session 4 Capstone Presentation (PDF)

Bible Book Timeline by Roger Schmidgall

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Discussion Groups Map

Oct 15, 2020
189: Revelation — The End Is a New Beginning
19:51

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings wrap up the book of Revelation and the final verses of our journey through the New Testament, hearing the moving description of a new heaven and a new earth and an old world that has been made new.

Oct 08, 2020
188: Revelation — The Fall of Greatness
42:46

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings confront the great beast of Babylon as it appears in Revelation and consider which part of the story we should align with the most.

Revelation #14: Babylon’s Demise — Real Life

Oct 01, 2020
187: Revelation — The Blessed and Faithful Fallen
28:44

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings hear the voices of those who stood against Empire and paid for it with their lives, and are reminded that Revelation is not a book of futuristic code, but an encouragement to those trying to remain faithful almost 2,000 years ago.

BEMA Discipleship — News

Sep 24, 2020
186: Revelation — Mother and Dragons
23:30

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings see dragons and beasts and women riding on them. Who is this beast of land and sea? The same hermeneutic we’ve used throughout Revelation will help us know more.

Revelation — Mother and Dragons Presentation (PDF)

Sep 17, 2020
185: Revelation — Bittersweet Prophecy
20:42

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings press further into Revelation and this epic showdown and holy competition between Empire and Shalom.

Sep 10, 2020
184: Revelation — Let the Games Begin
27:57

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings put some context behind a cultural device that is setting up John’s Apocalypse, seeing the ancient Olympic Games and wrestling with John’s intent for the letter of Revelation.

Sep 03, 2020
183: Revelation — Seals from Scripture
21:16

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings examine some of the context behind the seals of the scroll that are opened and what happens when they are, taking note of the apocalyptic chaos that ensues.

Aug 27, 2020
182: Revelation — The Throne Room
22:50

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings head into the rest of Revelation and the apocalyptic vision that John is sharing with his persecuted audience, standing in the throne room and paying careful attention to what is seen.

Revelation — The Throne Room Presentation (PDF)

Aug 20, 2020
181: Revelation — Lukewarm Laodicea
26:29

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings travel to the last of the seven churches of John’s apocalypse: Laodicea. We’ve heard the warning against being a “lukewarm Christian.” Is there more context to this idea?

Revelation — Lukewarm Laodicea Presentation (PDF)

The Early Church — Ray Vander Laan

Aug 13, 2020
180: Revelation — Philadelphia and Their New Name
15:01

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings examine John’s apocalyptic letter to the church of Philadelphia and look for context, as well as Text spoken into that context.

BEMA 161: 1 Thessalonians — Parousia

Aug 06, 2020
179: Revelation — Waking Up in Sardis
38:57

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings wake up in the ancient city of Sardis to see her history and glory, which should help us understand the message in the letter to her church.

Revelation — Waking Up in Sardis Presentation (PDF)

Jul 30, 2020
178: Revelation — Thyatira and Her Jezebel
27:28

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings consider the idea that John has been deliberately drawing off of apocalyptic prophets while speaking directly into culture, and we add one more layer to our hermeneutical toolbox as it relates to the book of Revelation.

Jul 23, 2020
177: Revelation — Pergamum and Satan’s Throne
33:42

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings explore the ancient city of Pergamum and hear the letter to their church in its original context.

Revelation — Pergamum and Satan’s Throne Presentation (PDF)

Jul 16, 2020
176: Revelation — Smyrna and Their Crown
19:55

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings continue to hone a hermeneutical prowess in the realm of apocalyptic literature, taking a look at the letter to Smyrna and asking, “What is the context?”

Jul 09, 2020
175: Revelation — Ephesus and Their First Love
16:52

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings travel to Ephesus, hearing the first of John’s seven letters in its context.

BEMA 158: Ephesians — Family Membership

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Jul 02, 2020
174: Revelation — A Book for Its Time
29:11
Jun 25, 2020
173: Jude — False Teachers
23:39
Jun 18, 2020
172: 3 John — Diotrephes
14:35

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings take a brief but meaningful and reflective journey through the short letter of 3 John, hearing the apostle warn the church about those who are trying to discredit and dismantle the faith.

BEMA 39: A King After God’s Own Heart

Jun 11, 2020
171: 2 John — The “Woman”
13:32

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings hear the words of 2 John and toy with the question of who the woman is that John addresses his letter to.

Jun 04, 2020
170: 1 John — Love and Truth
20:11

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings discuss the letter of 1 John and his insistence on the role that love plays in truth—and not the other way around.

Docetism — Wikipedia

May 28, 2020
169: 2 Peter — The Other Side of a Conversation
30:53

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings look at the second letter from the Apostle Peter to see how he utilizes the Midrash to encourage the early believers to keep walking in faithfulness and not give in to the temptation to return to the cultural norms around them.

Sefaria

The Bible as It Was by James L. Kugel

Noah (2014 film)

May 21, 2020
168: 1 Peter — Living Stones and a Spiritual House
16:44

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings look at the first of two letters penned by Peter, hearing the heart of a man who had went everywhere with Jesus—including betrayal and restoration.

May 14, 2020
167: James — Mitzvoth
29:04

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings examine the book of James and its challenging contents. Love it or hate it, this letter often provokes very strong reactions.

Addendum on James — Marty Solomon, YouTube

May 07, 2020
166: Hebrews — Atonement 101
45:47

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings look at the many different theories and explanations of atonement that have arisen throughout the centuries—a very critical conversation for theology in our day and how we interact with the story.

A Better Atonement by Tony Jones

Did God Kill Jesus? by Tony Jones

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

Crucifixion of the Warrior God by Gregory A. Boyd

The Jesus Driven Life by Michael Hardin

A Community Called Atonement by Scot McKnight

Apr 30, 2020
165: Hebrews — Running a Better Race
34:23

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings begin to examine the letter of Hebrews and learn from its potential context, hearing the call for us to be people who suffer well and persevere in the faith and struggle authored by Jesus himself.

Hebrews (Sermon Series) — Real Life

Hebrews Infographic

Apr 23, 2020
164: Philemon — Faith Works
25:43

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings journey through a tiny letter from Paul with a big message to Philemon, enjoying Paul’s light-hearted encouragement to live as Jesus would have us live.

Apr 16, 2020
163: Pastoral Epistles — Timid Timothy & Tough Titus
23:21

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings examine the lives of two very different pastors discipled by Paul—Timothy in Ephesus and Titus on Crete—and hear of their different personalities and how Paul uses each of them in his ministry.

Addendum to BEMA 163 — Marty Solomon, YouTube

Walk as Jesus Walked — Ray Vander Laan

Kingdom, Grace, Judgment by Robert Farrar Capon

Apr 09, 2020
162: 2 Thessalonians — Man of Lawlessness
16:59

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings look at the second letter to Thessalonica, learn about the “Man of Lawlessness,” and wrestle with the implications of this mysterious character.

Apr 02, 2020
161: 1 Thessalonians — Parousia
21:43

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings step into the context of the church in Thessalonica and examine the theme of “parousia.”

In Search of Paul by John Dominic Crossan and Jonathan L. Reed

Surprised by Hope by N.T. Wright

Mar 26, 2020
160: Colossians — Gnostic Heresy
23:14

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings examine the letter to the Colossians, pointing out the unique context that seems to surround the people there and the false thinking that seeks to pervade their lives of worship.

The Cave: An Adaptation of Plato’s Allegory in Clay — YouTube

Surprised by Hope by N.T. Wright

Mar 19, 2020
159: Philippians — Joy
14:42

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings hear Paul’s warm letter to the Philippians and see him express joy at their faith, love, and generosity as they follow Christ.

Kingdom, Grace, Judgment by Robert Farrar Capon

Mar 12, 2020
158: Ephesians — Family Membership
28:48

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings travel to the second largest city in the Roman Empire and hear the words Paul wrote to the Ephesians.

Mar 05, 2020
157: 2 Corinthians — Apostleship
18:35

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings look at the second letter to the Corinthians and see their continued struggle to live out the gospel in their unique context.

Paul Through Mediterranean Eyes by Kenneth E. Bailey

Feb 27, 2020
156: 1 Corinthians — Broken Body
33:05

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings take a trip to Corinth for an examination of the first letter to that complex city.

Paul Through Mediterranean Eyes by Kenneth E. Bailey

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Feb 20, 2020
155: Romans — God’s Mission, Paul’s Mission
38:18

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings wrap up the verse-by-verse journey through the book of Romans and look back to see Paul’s big argument buried in this brilliant letter.

Romans — God’s Mission, Paul’s Mission Presentation (PDF)

Feb 13, 2020
154: Romans — Therefore
18:27

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings watch Paul transition from a larger argument to the massive implications for how we interact in this new Kingdom.

An Outline of Romans

Feb 06, 2020
153: Romans — The Potter
54:22

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings tackle the pesky idea of predestination and election.

In the Dust of the Rabbi — Ray Vander Laan

BEMA 19: A Strengthened Heart

Jan 30, 2020
152: Romans — The Struggle
33:53

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings let Paul teach us from the metaphor of covenants and death. If part of us died at baptism, why would we live as if we were bound?

sarx — Blue Letter Bible

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Jan 23, 2020
151: Romans — Buried Alive
29:47

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings listen to what Paul says about walking in righteousness.

The Evolution of Adam by Peter Enns

Elementary Principles by D. Thomas Lancaster

Didache — Wikipedia

Jan 16, 2020
150: Romans — Righteousness from God
26:50

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings continue the journey through Romans, addressing the question of where we find righteousness.

Prototype by Jonathan Martin

Jan 09, 2020
149: Romans — Blended Family
38:17

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings enter into a verse-by-verse journey through the book of Romans, looking at Paul’s introductory section as he addresses this diverse group of believers.

Romans (Sermon Series) — Real Life

Pederasty — Wikipedia

Jan 02, 2020
148: Galatians — Set Free to Be Free
25:38

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings wrap up the study of Galatians and try to grapple with the implications of this gospel for Jews and Gentiles.

The Holy Epistle to the Galatians by D. Thomas Lancaster

Dec 19, 2019
147: Galatians — Two Women, Two Covenants
25:41

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings talk about the importance of covenants and how they are relevant to different audiences.

Galatians — Two Women, Two Covenants Presentation (PDF)

The Epic of Eden by Sandra L. Richter

Dec 12, 2019
146: Galatians — The Curse
32:38

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings examine the third chapter of Galatians, unpacking big ideas about Gentiles, their relation to the family of God, and a “curse” that Paul seems to suggest the Law brings.

Gezerah Shavah — Wikipedia

The Holy Epistle to the Galatians by D. Thomas Lancaster

Dec 05, 2019
145: Galatians — Right Hand of Fellowship
35:13

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings spend time in the second chapter of Galatians, bringing some context to a much misunderstood and often misrepresented passage.

Addendum on James — Marty Solomon, YouTube

Backyard Tap House

Nov 21, 2019
144: Galatians — Paul’s Gospel
25:29

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings examine the first chapter of Paul’s letter to the Galatians, listening to Paul describe a gospel he received straight from Jesus, not from any human teaching.

The Holy Epistle to the Galatians by D. Thomas Lancaster

Nov 14, 2019
143: The Epilogue
27:29

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings set everything we have studied about Acts back into the context of the larger Textual narrative, wrapping up the greater story and setting the stage for the inspired letters of the New Testament.

The Epilogue Presentation (PDF)

BEMA 7: The Preface

Jesus Wants to Save Christians by Rob Bell and Don Golden

BEMA Messenger #3

A New Kind of Christianity by Brian D. McLaren

Nov 07, 2019
142: Calling of a Prophet
21:54

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings circle back to a question from a few episodes ago: Did Paul experience a conversion, a repentance, or something else entirely?

BEMA 138: Unclean Sheets

Oct 31, 2019
141: Mathetes or Talmidim?
38:57

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings see how Paul’s methodology changes and then draw some conclusions about what we see happening in his ministry.

Theater at Ephesus

Oct 24, 2019
140: Not to Burden You
44:55

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings examine how the early church community handled applying the gospel to a major cultural problem, seeking to learn from their methods and seeing what we might be able to take into our own unique settings.

Addendum on James — Marty Solomon, YouTube

BEMA Israel 2020 (Low Contact, May 17–30)

Low Contact Trip Orientation Video

BEMA Israel 2020 (Full Contact, August 2–15)

Full Contact Trip Orientation Video

In Search of Paul by John Dominic Crossan and Jonathan L. Reed

Books by N. T. Wright

Books by E. P. Sanders

Books by James D. G. Dunn

Books by Mark D. Nanos

Oct 17, 2019
139: Theosabes
42:05

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings come back to the story of Saul and see what is impacting his experience and how that is calling him to impact the Greco-Roman world.

Paul’s First Missionary Journey — Bible History Online

Oct 10, 2019
138: Unclean Sheets
44:52

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings meet Saul, persecutor of Jesus, and wrestle with the questions of his identity and his experience; they also encounter the entrance of some unlikely characters into God’s narrative.

The Jewish Annotated New Testament

Oct 03, 2019
137: A Dry Tree
31:42

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings challenge listeners to consider our methods of advancing God’s agenda and the implications of this new king and new kingdom.

BEMA 64: 3 Isaiah — Servant

Sep 26, 2019
136: Each One
33:37

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings make observations about what this early church community was accomplishing together with the help of the Holy Spirit.

The Story #28: New Beginnings (‘Each One’ Rant) — Real Life

Sep 19, 2019
135: Uncut Corners
28:57

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings look at the opening of the book of Acts and the beginning of the Spirit-filled movement changing the course of human history.

Caesar’s Comet — Wikipedia

BEMA 22: Under the Chuppah

BEMA 37: A Love Story

Sep 12, 2019
134: Session 4 Intro
19:59

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings begin to see how God’s people apply the reality of Christ into their first-century contexts.

Session 4 Intro Presentation (PDF)

Donate to BEMA Ministry

Donate to Marty or the General Fund

Sep 05, 2019
133: Session 3 Capstone
44:09

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings hold the usual capstone conversation, concluding a journey through the gospels, and reviewing the story from Genesis to John.

Session 3 Capstone Presentation (PDF)

Bible Book Timeline by Roger Schmidgall

How to Survive a Shipwreck by Jonathan Martin

Sep 05, 2019
132: Go
30:06

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings bring the discussion of the Gospels to a close with a brief look at the resurrection and the great commission.

Living Hope — Real Life Sermon

The Final Week #7: Just One Hope — Real Life Sermon

Aug 29, 2019
131: Betrayal
30:50

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings examine the betrayals of Jesus and discuss which characters are involved in it.

BEMA 79: Silent Years — Zealots

Fidelity of Betrayal by Peter Rollins

Aug 22, 2019
130: The Plot to Kill Jesus
31:30

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings examine the question of who brought about Jesus’s execution, acknowledging the different characters at play and the role they each had.

BEMA 76: Silent Years — Sadducees

The Last Week by Marcus J. Borg and John Dominic Crossan

Aug 15, 2019
129: The Final Week
37:49
Aug 08, 2019
128: Faithful and Wise Steward
43:00

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings look at one of the most perplexing passages of Jesus’s ministry, asking if this is about the end times or ancient times.

Faithful and Wise Steward Presentation (PDF)

Addendum to BEMA 128 — Marty Solomon, YouTube

Aug 01, 2019
127: Six or Seven?
28:31

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings dive into the list of woes Jesus gives to the Pharisees and ask what kind of person Jesus is describing.

The Last Week by Marcus J. Borg and John Dominic Crossan

Jul 25, 2019
126: Trapped by a Question
44:28

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings see the religious leadership of both Pharisees and Sadducees attempting to trap Jesus with a series of testing questions, and witness the rabbinical brilliance of Jesus as a Jewish teacher.

Trapped by a Question Presentation (PDF)

The Parables by Brad H. Young (cites Flusser extensively)

“The Parable of the Good Samaritan” by Reed Dent — Campus Christian Fellowship

Jul 18, 2019
125: Are You Talking to Me?
32:36

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings see Jesus go on the offensive, confronting the corrupt priesthood that rules in Jerusalem.

BEMA 80: Silent Years — Pharisees

BEMA 76: Silent Years — Sadducees

BEMA 51: 1 Isaiah — Vineyard

Jul 11, 2019
124: Statement of Triumph
41:28

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings examine the triumphal entry and Jesus’s confrontation of religious corruption on all sides.

Caesarea Maritima — Wikipedia

Map of Israel in New Testament Times — Bible History

Jul 04, 2019
123: The Heat of the Day
33:26

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings discuss the parable of the vineyard, a generous God, and the interactions that follow as Jesus makes his way towards Jerusalem.

Rabbi Jesus by Bruce Chilton

Jun 27, 2019
122: A Naked Thing
32:24

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings find our understanding of divorce challenged by Jesus, and an ancient discussion taking place between the rabbis about the importance and value of people.

The Ten Commandments — Aleph Beta Academy

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Jun 20, 2019
121: The Key to Your Own Prison
45:38
Jun 13, 2019
120: Truth and Light
41:15

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings join Peter, James, and John on the Mount of Transfiguration as Jesus talks about his exodus with Moses and Elijah.

The BEMA Messenger

Shaping Faith #5: Fasting — Real Life Sermon

Jun 06, 2019
119: The Gates of Hell
39:09

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings examine Peter’s great confession at Caesarea Philippi and the intense conversation that follows.

The Gates of Hell Presentation (PDF)

On the Early Church: Conquering the Gates of Hell — Ray Vander Laan

The BEMA Messenger

May 30, 2019
118: Eyes That Cannot See
28:51

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings look at the story of the feeding of the four thousand and watch the disciples struggle to apply its meaning.

Map of Tyre and Sidon in relation to the Galilee

The BEMA Messenger

May 23, 2019
117: Jesus Resorts to Name Calling
30:36

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings, with special guest Dr. Christopher Gambino, talk about Jesus’s critique of rabbinic traditions and the surprise he encounters in the region of Phoenicia.

Dr. Christopher Gambino on Twitter

The Shuvah Project

May 16, 2019
116: She Giggled
23:34

Brent Billings introduces the story of Peter walking on water and Marty Solomon interacts with it by sharing some of his thoughts originally written years ago.

In the Dust of the Rabbi — Video Study by Ray Vander Laan

Velvet Elvis by Rob Bell

NOOMA 008: Dust by Rob Bell

Covered in His Dust: She Giggled (Part 1)

Covered in His Dust: She Giggled (Part 2)

Prototype by Jonathan Martin

May 09, 2019
115: 5 Loaves, 2 Fish, and 1 Big Lesson
38:27

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings, with special guest Dr. Christopher Gambino, look at Jesus’s time in Nazareth, pass briefly through the beheading of John the Baptist, and land in the story of feeding the 5000.

Dr. Christopher Gambino on Twitter

The Evangelists’ Calendar by M. D. Goulder

The Shuvah Project

May 02, 2019
114: Fish in a Net
29:59

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings, with special guest Corey Knadler, look at the final parable in the string of teachings found in Matthew 13, searching for the p’shat, remez, and drash found in the story of fish caught in a net.

Corey Knadler on Twitter

Why the Midrash Has Abraham Thrown into Nimrod’s Furnace — TheTorah.com

Apr 25, 2019
113: Treasures and Pearls
24:45

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings, with special guest Corey Knadler, discuss the next two parables of Jesus in Matthew 13.

Corey Knadler on Twitter

Apr 18, 2019
112: Explanations That Don’t Explain
35:50

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings try to learn from Jesus’s puzzling explanation for the parable of the weeds.

Apr 11, 2019
111: A Farmer and a Woman
31:04

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings look at two intimately connected parables in the stories of a crazy farmer and his mustard seed, and a credulous woman and her baked goods.

BEMA 11: Here I Am

The Parable of the Leaven — LeAnn Dent, Campus Christian Fellowship

Sermons — Campus Christian Fellowship, Truman State University

Apr 04, 2019
110: Jewish Hermeneutics
38:48

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings learn how to engage the methods of rabbinical teaching and unpack what a rabbi is trying to accomplish with his cryptic instructions.

Addendum to BEMA 110 — Marty Solomon, YouTube

Hayamim: A Proposal [this event happened in 2019]

BEMA 12: A Mission Realized

Covered in His Dust: Jewish Hermeneutics

Mar 28, 2019
109: Which Soil?
29:30

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings begin an exciting trip through the parables of Jesus, starting with his conversation about four different soils.

Hayamim: A Proposal [this event happened in 2019]

BEMA 27: Images of the Desert — Rotem and Acacia

Mar 21, 2019
108: The Fruit of Beelzebul
32:33

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings hear the critique of the Pharisees who want to write off Jesus’s ministry as the work of evil. They also see Jesus field their request for a sign.

Beelzebub — Wikipedia

Mar 14, 2019
107: Donkeys and Rabbis
44:37

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings continue a verse-by-verse examination of the gospel of Matthew by dealing with the Sabbath and rabbinical arguments surrounding Torah.

Sefaria: A Living Library of Jewish Texts

BEMA 25: A Kingdom of What?

Mar 07, 2019
106: Jury Duty in Sodom
33:43
Feb 28, 2019
105: An Explosive Kingdom
44:26

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings hear what appears to be the doubt of John the Baptist and the challenging response of Jesus that honors him.

An Explosive Kingdom Presentation (PDF)

BEMA 91: Tavilah T’Shuvah

“Sheep going through a gate, North Yorkshire moors” — YouTube

Feb 21, 2019
104: Innocent as Doves
39:59

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings listen to the second major discourse given by Jesus as he sends out his disciples on a mission to bring the Kingdom.

Matthew — The Bible Project

Matthew Poster — The Bible Project

BEMA 50: Micah — Judge

Feb 14, 2019
103: Healing in His Wings
38:42

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings finish the ninth chapter of Matthew, seeing a handful of stories where Jesus brings shalom to the chaos of others.

Healing in His Wings Presentation (PDF)

Feb 07, 2019
102: Son of Man
44:06

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings look at the story of a paralyzed man and his faithfully determined friends who inspire his healing.

Addendum to BEMA 102 — Marty Solomon, YouTube

BEMA 80: Silent Years — Pharisees

Jesus H. Christ, Part 11: And Now the H — The RobCast, Episode 221

BEMA 62: Daniel — Son of Man

Jan 31, 2019
101: The Other Side
39:56

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings continue in Matthew’s narrative by jumping to the gospel of Mark, traveling to the other side of the Sea of Galilee.

BEMA 88: Setting the Stage

Jan 24, 2019
100: Healing at Great Cost
44:20

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings watch as Jesus brings the Kingdom to the brokenness of the world around him, observing the surprising responses of those who encounter it.

Jan 17, 2019
99: Fruit of Fools
34:52

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings finish the Sermon on the Mount, talking about gates, trees, fools, and houses.

Sermon on the Mount #10: Trees and Fruit — Real Life Sermon

BEMA 29: Images of the Desert — Wadi and En Gedi

Jan 10, 2019
98: A Good Eye
40:12

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings discover how worry leads to judgment, and judgment leads to muddy pearls.

Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus by Lois Tverberg

Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus by Ann Spangler and Lois Tverberg

The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard

Jan 03, 2019
97: Done in Secret
36:27

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings continue the journey through the Sermon on the Mount, looking at Jesus’s teachings on generosity, prayer, and fasting.

Donate to Impact Campus Ministries

Sermon on the Mount #6: Prayer and Fasting — Real Life Sermon

Dec 20, 2018
96: But I Say Unto You
38:15

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings finish the fifth chapter of Matthew, surveying the many examples Jesus gives for properly interpreting the Text.

The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard

Jesus for President by Shane Claiborne and Chris Haw

The Irresistible Revolution by Shane Claiborne

BEMA 25: A Kingdom of What?

Dec 13, 2018
95: Abolish or Fulfill
37:55

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings look at the next few verses in the Sermon on the Mount where Jesus speaks of the relationship between his teaching and the teachings of the Hebrew scriptures.

BEMA 64: 3 Isaiah — Servant

Dec 06, 2018
94: Hope of the World
25:56

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings resume looking at the opening teachings of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount and how he sets the stage for his interpretation of Torah.

BEMA 35: Crossroads of the Earth

BEMA 56: Jeremiah — Weeping

Love Wins by Rob Bell

Nov 29, 2018
93: Blessed
37:50

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings continue the journey through the gospel of Matthew and into the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount.

Rabbi Jesus by Bruce Chilton

BEMA 74: Silent Years — Synagogue

The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard

Nov 15, 2018
92: How to Bring Order Out of Chaos
27:25
Nov 08, 2018
91: Tavilah T'Shuvah
37:41

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings dive into the third chapter of the gospel of Matthew, uncovering the ministry of John the Baptist.

Complete Jewish Bible by David Stern

Jewish New Testament Commentary by David Stern

BEMA 42: The Fire of Elijah

Nov 01, 2018
90: A Gospel of Two Kingdoms
23:42

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings finish looking at the story of the birth of Jesus, juxtaposing two kings and the kingdoms that they bring.

A Gospel of Two Kingdoms Presentation (PDF)

Herod the Great — Wikipedia

Masada — Wikipedia

Herodium — Wikipedia

Caesar’s Comet — Wikipedia

Oct 25, 2018
89: Written in the Stars
44:09

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings begin the trek through the gospel narrative of Matthew and the life and ministry of Jesus, starting with a look at the story of the birth of Jesus and the visit of the Magi.

Prepare the Way #5: In Our Present — Real Life Sermon

Men Askaenos in Antioch of Pisidia — Wikipedia

The Real Meaning of the Zodiac by D. James Kennedy

The Nativity Story (2006 movie)

Picture of the Bull in the House

Oct 18, 2018
88: Setting the Stage
26:59

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings set the stage for our journey through the gospels by looking at the geographical region of the Galilee where Jesus did most of his ministry.

Setting the Stage Presentation (PDF)

Oct 11, 2018
87: John — Grafted
40:35

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings spend time in the gospel of John, investigating the different tools he uses in speaking to his particular audience.

Map of Asia and Asia Minor

Oct 04, 2018
86: Luke — Ordered
22:12

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings look at the gospel of Luke and wrestle with the many perspectives regarding his audience and his agenda.

The Evangelists’ Calendar by M. D. Goulder

Poet & Peasant and Through Peasant Eyes by Kenneth E. Bailey

Sep 27, 2018
85: Mark — Roman Gospel
39:32

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings examine the gospel narrative of Mark, noting his distinct audience and the intentional methods he used to communicate the euangelion to them.

Sep 20, 2018
84: Matthew — Mumzer
32:12

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings look at the record of Matthew, attempting to understand his unique agenda as he presents the life and ministry of his Rabbi Jesus.

Didache — Wikipedia

Mamzer — Wikipedia

Sep 13, 2018
83: Gospel Narrative
32:09

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings take a look at the ancient use of gospel (euangelion in Greek) and how the New Testament writers are subversively playing off of this Greco-Roman idea.

The NIV Harmony of the Gospels by Robert L. Thomas and Stanley N. Gundry

Roman air conditioning — Twitter (thread)

Sep 06, 2018
82: The Text — When, Where, Who, and Why
49:21

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings wrestle with the questions surrounding the authorship of the Text.

Documentary Hypothesis — Wikipedia

BEMA 71: The Prophetic Table

BEMA 62: Daniel — Son of Man

Silent Years — Welcome to Hellenism Presentation (PDF)

Aug 30, 2018
81: Silent Years — Association
36:08

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings discuss the perfect timing spoken of in Galatians 4:4 in reference to the coming of Jesus in his cultural context. We also wrestle with the personal implications of the different responses to Hellenism in our world today.

Rising Strong by Brené Brown

Aug 16, 2018
80: Silent Years — Pharisees
24:37

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings, with special guest Megan Gambino, near the end of our journey through the silent years and the context of Jesus’s ministry, examining the Pharisees.

Silent Years — Pharisees Presentation (PDF)

Addendum to BEMA 80 — Marty Solomon, YouTube

Megan Gambino on Instagram

ReconFIGURE

BEMA 74: Silent Years — Synagogue

Aug 02, 2018
79: Silent Years — Zealots
40:49

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings, joined by special guest Megan Gambino, continue the journey through the silent years and the context of Jesus’s ministry, examining the group known as the Zealots.

Silent Years — Zealots Presentation (PDF)

Megan Gambino on Instagram

ReconFIGURE

Jul 19, 2018
78: Silent Years — Essenes
21:45

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings continue a look at the responses to Hellenism in the world of first-century Judaism, this time examining the group known as the Essenes.

Silent Years — Essenes Presentation (PDF)

Qumran — Wikipedia

Dead Sea Scrolls — Wikipedia

Jul 05, 2018
77: Silent Years — Herodians
31:15

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings continue a look at the responses to Hellenism in the world of first-century Judaism, this time examining the group known as Herodians.

Silent Years — Herodians Presentation (PDF)

Sepphoris (Zippori) — Wikipedia

Jun 21, 2018
76: Silent Years — Sadducees
32:24

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings begin an in-depth look at the five different responses to Hellenism in the first-century world of Judaism by examining the priestly group known as the Sadducees.

Silent Years — Sadducees Presentation (PDF)

Jun 07, 2018
75: Silent Years — Welcome to Hellenism
31:17

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings, joined by special guest Jim Feicht, continue their examination of the context of the world of Jesus. The last episode covered the context of Judaism specifically, whereas this episode covers the context of the surrounding culture.

Silent Years — Welcome to Hellenism Presentation (PDF)

Jim Feicht on Twitter

Hellas — Wikipedia

Empire of Alexander the Great — Wikipedia

May 24, 2018
74: Silent Years — Synagogue
42:00

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings are joined by special guest Jim Feicht. They begin the journey into the historical context of the world of Jesus, looking at the new Judaism that arose from the ashes of exile.

Silent Years — Synagogue Presentation (PDF)

Jim Feicht on Twitter

In the Dust of the Rabbi — Ray Vander Laan

NOOMA 008: Dust by Rob Bell

May 10, 2018
73: Session 3 Intro
18:05

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings introduce the third session of the BEMA Podcast with special guest Jim Feicht, discussing what to expect in the upcoming session and reviewing where we have been to this point.

Session 3 Intro Presentation (PDF)

Jim Feicht on Twitter

NOOMA 019: Open by Rob Bell

Apr 26, 2018
72: Session 2 Capstone
26:32

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings give a summary of the prophets and the writings at the conclusion of Session 2 of the podcast.

Session 2 Capstone Presentation (PDF)

Tattoos on the Heart by Gregory Boyle

Impact Campus Ministries

Apr 26, 2018
71: The Prophetic Table
22:30

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings look at the multifaceted dialogue and the many voices found within the prophets that represent the battling perspectives found in the world of God’s people as they attempt to respond to the effects of exile.

Out of Babylon by Walter Brueggemann

Apr 19, 2018
70: Esther — Purim
34:43

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings discuss the book of Esther and the story that lies behind the celebration of Purim.

The Queen You Thought You Knew by Rabbi David Fohrman

The Story #20: The Queen of Beauty and Courage — Real Life

Apr 12, 2018
69: Malachi — Q&A
17:59

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings hear the message of Malachi, seeing how he utilizes a question-and-answer format to prophetically speak to the people of God.

Out of Babylon by Walter Brueggemann

Apr 05, 2018
68: Zechariah — Apocalyptic Literature
15:53

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings study the apocalyptic message of Zechariah, a contemporary to Haggai, who sought to encourage God’s people with image-driven messages of forthcoming hope.

Mar 29, 2018
67: Haggai — Build!
23:07

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings read through the prophecy of Haggai and find that the real issues rarely change—past, present, or future.

Mar 22, 2018
66: Ezra/Nehemiah — Passionate Leadership
23:06

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings look at the different leadership styles seen during the rebuilding of Jerusalem in the books of Ezra and Nehemiah.

BEMA Discipleship on Facebook

Mar 15, 2018
65: 4 Isaiah — Hope
24:52

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings move into the fourth voice of Isaiah, seen in chapters 55–66. We hear the compelling promise of restoration for God’s people and the invitation for them to become the people they were meant to be.

Faith Unraveled by Rachel Held Evans

1 Isaiah — Vineyard Presentation (PDF)

Sabbath as Resistance by Walter Brueggemann

Mar 08, 2018
64: 3 Isaiah — Servant
25:43

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings challenge the typical understanding of the voice of Isaiah, taking a look at the servant discourse in chapters 40–54.

Out of Babylon by Walter Brueggemann

Mar 01, 2018
63: Job — Perspective
26:26

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings discover that the famous story of Job is so much more than we ever realized.

NOOMA 012: Matthew by Rob Bell

Literary Structure of the Bible

NOOMA 024: Whirlwind by Rob Bell

Feb 22, 2018
62: Daniel — Son of Man
21:05

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings examine the book of Daniel and its persistent and sometimes hidden message of perseverance.

Daniel — Son of Man Presentation (PDF)

Double Rainbow — YouTube

Feb 15, 2018
61: Ezekiel — Strength
24:03

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings examine the apocalyptic visions of Ezekiel and his message of encouragement to a people trapped in exile.

Feb 08, 2018
60: Joel — Locusts
25:38

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings hear the words of prophet Joel speaking to God’s people about the hope that exists, even in the midst of utter destruction.

Feb 01, 2018
59: Obadiah — Petra
21:20

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings explore the shortest prophet in Tanakh—the book of Obadiah—and its condemnation of the nation of Edom for their lack of care for their brother and their neighbor.

Obadiah — Petra Presentation (PDF)

Jan 25, 2018
58: Habakkuk — Watchtower
26:31

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings dive into one of Marty’s favorite prophecies: the book of Habakkuk. They examine the complaints submitted by the prophet and his ensuing dialogue with God.

Jan 18, 2018
57: Lamentations — Lament and Hope
25:48
Jan 11, 2018
56: Jeremiah — Weeping
40:23

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings begin our journey through the Babylonian prophets, examining the famous weeping prophet: Jeremiah.

The Disciple Scroll by Allan Rabinowitz

Love Wins by Rob Bell

Erasing Hell by Francis Chan

Jan 04, 2018
55: 2 Isaiah — Woe
32:01

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings wrap up the Assyrian period of history by looking at one of the most distressing prophets: the voice of 2 Isaiah as he delivers numerous woes to the nations of the world, including God’s people. Yet even this is not void of hope as we see it scattered throughout today’s portion of Text.

Dec 14, 2017
54: Zephaniah — T'shuvah
35:12

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings hear the voice of Zephaniah as he warns the kingdom of Judah of impending judgment.

Dec 07, 2017
53: Nahum — Diyn
22:56

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings juxtapose the book of Jonah against the other Assyrian prophet to Israel—the book of Nahum—looking at the other side of the equation of how God deals with evil.

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Nov 30, 2017
52: Jonah — Potential
35:11

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings look at the book of Jonah and try to uncover the message buried in this most unusual prophet.

Jonah — Potential Presentation (PDF)

Challenging God: Why Did Jonah Run? — Aleph Beta Academy

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Nov 16, 2017
51: 1 Isaiah — Vineyard
33:28

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings look at the first of four voices found in Isaiah — the pre-Assyrian voice that condemned the greed and injustice of the people of Judah.

NB: Due to a recording malfunction with our primary microphones, we had to use a backup recording with a secondary microphone. Our voices are not isolated, and Marty is closer to the microphone, so Brent is noticeably quieter. We apologize for any trouble this may cause. The issue is resolved about 26 minutes into the podcast.

1 Isaiah — Vineyard Presentation (PDF)

Out of Babylon by Walter Brueggemann

Nov 09, 2017
50: Micah — Judge
42:06

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings explore the warning of the prophet Micah as he speaks to the people of Judah about what God truly desires.

NB: Due to a malfunction with our original recording, this episode was recorded in 2021. Our environments and equipment setups have changed, but we did our best to present it as it was in 2017.

Nov 02, 2017
Verastikh (Hosea)
1:08
A simplified version of the daily prayer from Hosea 2. This recording is meant to follow Episode 49. Verastikh le l'olam Verastikh lib'tzedek      uve'mishpat, uve'chesed, uve'rachamim Verastikh lib'emuna, v'yadat et Adonai I will betroth you to myself forever. I will betroth you to myself in righteousness,      and in justice, and in love, and in compassion. I will betroth you to myself in faithfulness, and you shall know the Lord.
Oct 26, 2017
49: Hosea — Prostitute
27:01

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings examine the message of Hosea as depicted in the prophetic theater of his own life through his marriage to the prostitute Gomer.

Verastikh — Learn Hebrew

Oct 26, 2017
48: Amos — Plumb Line
38:05

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings explore the book of Amos on a quest to find the heart of God as expressed in the first of His many mouthpieces.

Amos — Plumb Line Presentation (PDF)

The Prophets by Abraham Joshua Heschel

Plumb Line — Wikipedia

Oct 19, 2017
47: The Lord’s Mouthpiece
19:39

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings examine the remaining books in Tanakh, most of which are prophets, attempting to understand prophetic history as a whole and the setting for each period of history.

The Lord’s Mouthpiece Presentation (PDF)

Out of Babylon by Walter Brueggemann

Oct 12, 2017
46: Song of Sexuality
33:11

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings look at the underaddressed book called Song of Songs and explore the ramifications of avoiding the topic of sexuality.

Sex God by Rob Bell

NOOMA 002: Flame by Rob Bell

The Zimzum of Love by Rob and Kristen Bell

Oct 05, 2017
45: Wisdom and Meaning
27:00

Marty Solomon, Brent Billings, and special guest Kevin Luo continue our study of wisdom literature, examining the collection of Proverbs and the teaching of Ecclesiastes.

Kevin Luo on Twitter

A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans

Less Is More Than Enough by Chris McNaught

“How Great Leaders Inspire Action” by Simon Senek — TED

NOOMA 012: Matthew by Rob Bell

Sep 28, 2017
44: Our Harps in the Trees
31:49

Marty Solomon, Brent Billings, and special guest Kevin Luo discuss the collection of ancient songs known as the Psalms.

Classifying the Psalms by Genre

Kevin Luo on Twitter

Sep 21, 2017
43: Go in Peace
34:24

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings wrap up a look at the kings of Israel, exploring the story of Naaman and its implications for us today.

Sep 14, 2017
42: The Fire of Elijah
43:27

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings look at the story of Elijah and the lessons learned by one of Israel’s greatest prophets.

Where God Was Born by Bruce Feiler

Map of Phoenicia, Late Bronze Age — Wikipedia

Sep 07, 2017
41: The Story Behind the Story
36:30

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings revisit the two sources comprising this portion of the biblical narrative, analyzing the agendas found in each. They attempt to look at the differences between the sources to understand the reigns of David and Solomon and the split of the nation of God’s people, ultimately helping us figure out what went wrong.

The Story Behind the Story Presentation (PDF)

Jesus Wants to Save Christians by Rob Bell and Don Golden

Aug 31, 2017
40: One Story, Two Sources
32:56

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings begin the journey to understanding the historical record of the united kingdom of Israel by taking a look at the two sources comprising this biblical narrative.

One Story, Two Sources Presentation (PDF)

Aug 24, 2017
39: A King After God’s Own Heart
32:03
Aug 10, 2017
38: A Donkey Herder to Lead Us
28:29

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings take a look at Israel’s first two kings and try to see what the Text is showing us in these two characters.

A Tale of Three Kings by Gene Edwards

Jul 27, 2017
37: A Love Story
32:32

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings zoom in on the mini-narrative of Ruth — one story where the mission of God is realized in the way Israel treats the alien, the orphan, and the widow.

Map of Moab and the Surrounding Region

Jul 13, 2017
36: The Redemption Cycle
35:04

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings look at the book of Judges and the cycle found therein.

The Forgiving Flow, Part 2: Drop the Jawbone — The RobCast, Episode 39

Make Your Mark by Brad Gray

Jun 29, 2017
35: Crossroads of the Earth
35:37

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings wrap up the discussion of Joshua and bridge the gap toward the book of Judges, pondering the mission of God and His choice of real estate for His people.

Crossroads of the Earth Presentation (PDF)

The Source by James A. Michener

Jun 15, 2017
34: The Hardest Story in the Bible (for me)
43:10

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings address the nagging questions about the book of Joshua and its stories of mass slaughter and genocide.

The Hardest Story in the Bible (for me) Presentation (PDF)

The Hardest Story in the Bible (for me) — Covered in His Dust

Stele — Wikipedia

The Forest in the Trees: Jesus — Woodland Hills (Greg Boyd)

[no longer available] Why Is the Old Testament So Violent? (blog post)

What Is the Bible? by Rob Bell

The Source by James A. Michener

Jun 01, 2017
33: Session 2 Intro
20:09

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings set the stage for Session 2 of the podcast. We review our journey through Torah to bring everyone up to speed for what we will study next.

Session 2 Intro Presentation (PDF)

BEMA Discipleship Support

BEMA Discipleship on Facebook

BEMA Discipleship on Twitter

May 18, 2017
32: Session 1 Capstone
28:01

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings give a summary of the books of Moses at the conclusion of Session 1 of the podcast.

Session 1 Capstone Presentation (PDF)

BEMA Discipleship on Facebook

BEMA Discipleship on Twitter

May 18, 2017
31: Remember Where You Came From
40:45

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings bring our study of Torah to a close by exploring the book of Deuteronomy, examining its call to remember our stories.

Remember Where You Came From Presentation (PDF)

The Epic of Eden by Sandra L. Richter

Topic: Deuteronomy 32 — Aleph Beta Academy

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May 11, 2017
30: Lead with Your Voice
46:15

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings wrap up the discussion of the desert and the book of Numbers with the story of Moses striking the rock and subsequently having his entrance to the Promised Land denied.

Lead with Your Voice Presentation (PDF)

May 04, 2017
29: Images of the Desert — Wadi and En Gedi
33:18

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings continue the series on images found in the desert. We will see God’s continual use of the desert to minister to us and to teach us how to minister to others.

Images of the Desert — Wadi and En Gedi Presentation (PDF)

Lulav — Chabad.org

Flash Floods in Wadi Peres — YouTube

Flash Floods in Wadi Qumran — YouTube

Israel: Flash Floods Hit Negev Desert — AP Archive, YouTube

Apr 27, 2017
28: Images of the Desert — Ar'ar and Tamarisk
22:01

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings continue the series on images found in the desert, discussing the ar'ar and tamarisk trees and what they teach us about living in our own deserts.

Images of the Desert — Ar'ar and Tamarisk Presentation (PDF)

BEMA Schedule — Discussion Groups

Noga Hareuveni — Wikipedia

Written Works of Noga Hareuveni

Hebrew University — Wikipedia

BEMA 24: Creating a Space

Apr 20, 2017
27: Images of the Desert — Rotem and Acacia
24:35
Apr 13, 2017
26: Images of the Desert — Shepherd
36:22

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings discuss the first in a series of images found in the desert — what it means to be a shepherd in the biblical world.

Images of the Desert — Shepherd Presentation (PDF)

Walking with God in the Desert — Ray Vander Laan

Walking the Bible by Bruce Feiler

The Good Shepherd by Kenneth Bailey

Apr 06, 2017
25: A Kingdom of What?
40:28

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings give an overview of the book of Leviticus.

A Kingdom of What? Presentation (PDF)

Leviticus: A Call to Priesthood — Real Life

Mar 30, 2017
24: Creating a Space
55:22
Mar 23, 2017
23: Falling on Joyful Faces
23:08

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings look at the construction of the Tabernacle and its call to be a place of rest, covering Exodus 24–40.

Falling on Joyful Faces Presentation (PDF)

With All Your Heart — Ray Vander Laan

Mar 16, 2017
22: Under the Chuppah
40:03

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings discuss Israel’s arrival at Sinai and the ensuing covenant relationship with their God, covering Exodus 19–23.

Under the Chuppah Presentation (PDF)

Zondervan Archeological Study Bible

Mar 09, 2017
“Jesus Shema”
1:18
A simplified version of the daily prayer from Deuteronomy 6 and Leviticus 19. This recording is meant to follow Episode 21. Sh'ma Israel, adonai elohenu, adonai echad Ve'ahavta et adonai eloiekah      b'khol levavkah      uve'khol naphshekah      uve'khol meodeikah Ve'ahavta reyacha c'mocha Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. Love the Lord your God      with all your heart,      with all your soul,      and with all your might. And love your neighbor as yourself.
Mar 02, 2017
21: With All Your Soul & “Very”
40:04

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings explore the next two tests of God’s people on their way to Mount Sinai in Exodus 16–17.

With All Your Soul & “Very” Presentation (PDF)

“Jesus Shema” — Learn Hebrew

Mar 02, 2017
20: With All Your Heart
31:17

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings look at the story of the Israelites crossing the Red Sea in Exodus 14, and then dissect their first test on the way to Mount Sinai in Exodus 15.

With All Your Heart Presentation (PDF)

Feb 23, 2017
19: A Strengthened Heart
35:01

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings dive into the story of the Passover and its plagues, God’s interaction with Pharaoh, and the call of God’s rescued people.

The Exodus You Almost Passed Over by Rabbi David Fohrman

kavad — Blue Letter Bible

hazak — Blue Letter Bible

Feb 16, 2017
18: A Tale of Two Kingdoms
43:36

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings set up the narrative of God’s story as a contrast between empire and shalom.

That the World May Know — Faith Lessons, Volumes 1–12

God Heard Their Cry — Ray Vander Laan

God Heard Their Cry, Lesson 1 — YouTube

Feb 09, 2017
17: A God Who Hears the Cry
43:34

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings wrap up the introduction to God’s story and set up the narrative of the remainder of Scripture in an effort to understand what God is rescuing His people from.

A God Who Hears the Cry Presentation (PDF)

That the World May Know — Faith Lessons, Volumes 1–12

God Heard Their Cry — Ray Vander Laan

Feb 02, 2017
16: Out of the Pit
46:16

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings finish the study of the life of Joseph, covering Genesis 41–50.

Out of the Pit Presentation (PDF)

Rabbi David Fohrman — TorahAnytime

The Joseph Story — Aleph Beta Academy

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Jan 26, 2017
15: Into the Pit
46:54

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings begin a study of the life of Joseph, covering Genesis 37–40.

Into the Pit Presentation (PDF)

Jan 19, 2017
14: Grappling with God, Part 2
38:17

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings continue to look at the life of Jacob, covering Genesis 32–35.

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Jan 12, 2017
13: Grappling with God, Part 1
36:42

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings begin a look at the life of Jacob, covering Genesis 25–31.

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God Was in This Place & I, I Did Not Know by Rabbi Lawrence Kushner

Jan 05, 2017
12: A Mission Realized
38:14

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings cover the life of Isaac as told in Genesis 24 and 26, where we begin to see the initial realization of God’s promise to Abraham.

History of male circumcision — Wikipedia

George DeJong, Under the Fig Tree

The Epic of Eden by Sandra L. Richter

Sandra Richter, Ph.D.

The Anchor Bible Dictionary, Volume I

Impact Campus Ministries

Dec 15, 2016
11: Here I Am
53:47

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings continue to look at the kind of partner God has chosen in Abraham.

Here I Am Presentation (PDF)

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Dec 08, 2016
10: Walking the Blood Path
49:49

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings work through Genesis 15–17, continuing to look at the evolving partnership between God and Abram.

Walking the Blood Path Presentation (PDF)

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Dec 01, 2016
9: Letting Go
40:59

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings talk about Genesis 12–14: the call of Abram and his initial adventures in the land of Canaan.

Nov 17, 2016
8: Buried in a Genealogy
27:08

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings ask the same question the Rabbis have asked over the centuries: Why did God choose Abraham?

Buried in a Genealogy Presentation (PDF)

Follow-up: BEMA 208: Midrash — Iscah, Sarai, and Birth Orders

The Epic of Eden by Sandra L. Richter

Nov 10, 2016
7: The Preface
20:41

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings look back over the first eleven chapters of Genesis and work to understand their significance to the greater narrative of the scriptures.

The Preface Presentation (PDF)

Nov 03, 2016
6: A Tale of a Tower
19:42

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings talk about the tower of Babel and some of the observations we can take away from the story.

Oct 27, 2016
5: A Misplaced Curse
22:59

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings talk about Noah’s departure from the ark and the tragedy that ensues.

Oct 20, 2016
4: His Bow in the Clouds
30:56

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings discuss the story of Noah and the Flood, digging through a wide variety of buried treasure from the author.

Oct 06, 2016
3: Master the Beast
25:16

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings talk about Cain and Abel and the idea of how fear and shame ruin the story.

The Beast that Crouches at the Door by Rabbi David Fohrman (Amazon)

The Beast that Crouches at the Door by Rabbi David Fohrman (Aleph Beta)

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Sep 22, 2016
2: Knowing When to Say “Enough”
46:50

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings discuss the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, and what the story might really be getting at.

Sep 15, 2016
1: Trust the Story
51:00
Sep 08, 2016
0: Introductory Lesson
38:19

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings have an introductory conversation about the world of the Bible, investigating the differences between eastern and western perspectives.

Introductory Lesson Presentation (PDF)

Special music by Logan Daily.

Sep 01, 2016
-1: What Is BEMA?
16:09

For the pilot episode of the BEMA Podcast, Marty Solomon and Brent Billings talk about the hopes and dreams for this series in the years to come.

Aug 25, 2016