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November 11, 2019
A lot of parents who no longer hold to the same beliefs about the Bible and God they did when they were children are left wondering, “But how do we raise our kids?” Author and speaker Cindy Wang Brandt helps us with the question: How can our kids hold to the Christian faith without going through some of the more painful parts of an evolving faith? Show Notes →
November 4, 2019
When we ask, “What does this passage mean?” the answer is a little more complicated than we might expect. Jared looks at some basic principles of biblical interpretation and how they might help us better read our Bibles. Show Notes →
October 28, 2019
This episode originally aired as Episode 46 on April 23, 2018 This week, Jared & Pete talk to Wil Gafney about womanist interpretation of the Bible. In their discussion, Wil brings up fascinating nuances in the text and challenges the predominantly patriarchal interpretation of the past.  Show Notes →
October 21, 2019
This week’s guest is Jeff Chu—author, journalist, advocate, co-creator of Evolving Faith—and our topic is grief, a universal experience that is often difficult to talk about it. We experience grief when confronted with death, of course, but grief is also a presence whenever we go through changes and upheavals in life where we mourn the past as we face an uncertain future.   Show Notes →
October 20, 2019
This week’s guest is Jeff Chu—author, journalist, advocate, co-creator of Evolving Faith—and our topic is grief, a universal experience that is often difficult to talk about it. We experience grief when confronted with death, of course, but grief is also a presence whenever we go through changes and upheavals in life where we mourn the past as we face an uncertain future.   Show Notes →
October 14, 2019
Pete continues his award-winning, mind-bending—almost surreal—series on the book of Exodus. In this episode he looks the laws in chapters 20-24, namely the 10 Commandments and the so-called “Book of the Covenant.” What were these laws about back in the day and what do we do with them now? Show Notes →
October 7, 2019
In this episode of The Bible for Normal People Podcast, Pete and Jared talk with Jonathan Martin about the beauty of Pentecostalism, the value of being taught to listen to the Holy Spirit from a young age, and the importance of experiencing other Christian traditions. Show Notes →
September 30, 2019
In this episode of The Bible for Normal People Podcast, Pete and Jared talk with Andrew Perriman about the eschatology found in the Bible and how history helps us understand these apocalyptic texts.   Show Notes →
September 23, 2019
In this episode of The Bible for Normal People Podcast, Pete and Jared talk about the themes in their newly upgraded book: Genesis for Normal People! They give us a taste of the multifaceted nature of Genesis.  Show Notes →
September 16, 2019
This week Pete & Jared talk with Jennifer Knust.   Show Notes →
September 9, 2019
In this episode of The Bible for Normal People Podcast, actor, comedian, and enlightened guru Pete Holmes joins Pete & Jared to talk about his interesting journey of faith and the importance of moving from reading the Bible with your head to reading it with your heart. Show Notes →
September 2, 2019
In this episode, Pete continues his deep dive into the book of Exodus covering chapters 14-19: the departure from Egypt and three-month journey to Mt. Sinai.  Show Notes →
August 26, 2019
In this episode of The Bible for Normal People Podcast, Jared responds to Skillet lead singer, John Copper, and his public statement, "What in God's Name is Happening in Christianity?" Jared unpacks Christian ethics and the origins of our collective concept of right and wrong. Show Notes →   Genesis for Normal People: A pay-what-you-can online class about Genesis. For reals?! Get tickets for Sep 23, 2019.
August 12, 2019
In this episode of The Bible for Normal People Podcast, Pete and Jared talk with theologian and professor Dr. Cheryl Bridges Johns about how feminism has changed over the years and the importance of both being rooted in your own traditions and staying open to "the other." Show Notes →   Get Pete's new book: "How the Bible Actually Works" by Pete Enns
July 29, 2019
In this episode Pete and Jared tackle this question and others that our listeners are asking. If you have a question for Pete & Jared, submit it on the Ask Pete page of the website and it might be featured on an upcoming blog post or podcast episode.   Resources mentioned in this episode: "We Make The Road By Walking" by Brian D. McLaren "The Universal Christ" by Richard Rohr "How the Bible Actually Works" by Pete Enns The Bible For Normal People website Patreon page
July 15, 2019
This week Biblical Scholar Sylvia Keesmaat and Theologian Brian Walsh talk about what Paul was up to in the book of Romans. We visit topics like salvation and politics and how maybe those words don't mean what we thought when it comes to the New Testament.   Resources Mentioned in this Episode: "Romans Disarmed" by Sylvia Keesmaat & Brian Walsh Sanctuary Empire Remixed "How The Bible Actually Works" by Pete Enns Pete Enns The Bible For Normal People Patron
July 1, 2019
This week we look back to our time 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.   Resources mentioned in this episode: "Who Counts?: 100 Sheep, 10 Coins, and 2 Sons" by Amy-Jill Levine & Sandy Eisenburg Saso "The Jewish Annotated New Testament (2nd Edition)" by Amy-Jill Levine "The Gospel of Luke (New Cambridge Bible Commentary)" by Amy-Jill Levine & Ben Witherington III The Bible For Normal People Patreon Page
June 17, 2019
Pete continues his award-winning (his cat seems to like it) and mind-altering series on Exodus by diving into chapters 5-13: Moses and Aaron’s first confrontation with Pharaoh (which did and did not go well) and the story of the plagues, which are loaded with all sorts of symbolic, theological, and mythic meaning. Resources mentioned in this episode: "Exodus in the Bible and the Egyptian Plagues" by Ziony Zevit “The Death and Resurrection of the Beloved Son” by Jon D. Levinson "How the Bible Actually Works" by Pete Enns The Bible For Normal People Patreon page Courses
June 3, 2019
In this episode, Richard Rohr begins with his famous "tricycle" analogy and then explores how Christ expands our understanding of ourselves, the world, and God. LINKS "The Universal Christ" by Richard Rohr "The Divine Dance" by Richard Rohr "What Do We Do With the Bible?" by Richard Rohr The Bible For Normal People TB4NP Patreon Page
May 27, 2019
In this week’s episode, Pete and Jared take a close look at the call of David and the battle with Goliath (1 Samuel 16-17) to show how these biblical stories already portray David as a morally complex character from the beginning. These stories also tell us something of the intricate and layered nature of biblical storytelling. ssed. LINKS www.thebiblefornormalpeople.com www.peteenns.com www.patreon.com/thebiblefornormalpeople
May 20, 2019
This week’s episode with Rachel Held Evans is among her last podcast interviews, recorded 2 months before her untimely passing on May 4. We offer this episode, unedited, in Rachel’s honor and as a testimony to her humor, insight, power, gentleness, and courage.    RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: "Inspired" by Rachel Held Evans "Searching For Sunday" by Rachel Held Evans "A Year of Biblical Womanhood" by Rachel Held Evans "Faith Unraveled" by Rachel Held Evans
May 13, 2019
Robert Alter has spent most of his life committed to studying the Bible and the last two decades creating an entirely new translation of the Old Testament. Pete and Jared talk about some of the insights he has gained from seeing the Bible as a literary masterpiece.   RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: "The Art of Biblical Narrative" by Robert Alter "The Art of Biblical Poetry" by Robert Alter "The Art of Bible Translation" by Robert Alter "The Hebrew Bible: A Translation With Commentary" by Robert Alter "The Poetics of Biblical Narrative" by Meir Sternberg "Reading Biblical Narrative" by J.P. Fokkelman
May 7, 2019
Pete continues his series in Exodus chapters 3 and 4. God reveals his plan to use Moses to deliver the Israelites from Egypt and Moses does everything he can think of to get out of it. He finally gets on board with the program, but not without a last minute bizarre twist and close call.   links: Jeffrey Stackert Episode - Season 2 www.thebiblefornormalpeople.com www.peteenns.com www.patreon.com/thebiblefornormalpeople
April 29, 2019
Austen Hartke shares his journey of being a transgender Christian and discusses how the Bible might speak to the inclusion of all people into the people of God. LINKS "Transforming: The Bible and the Lives of Transgender Christians" by Austen Hartke Gender Spectrum www.thebiblefornormalpeople.com www.peteenns.com www.patreon.com/thebiblefornormalpeople
April 22, 2019
Why does Paul say there are no longer slaves but then turns around and tells slaves to obey their masters? What gives? Do wives need to submit to their husbands just because Paul says so? Geez, Paul can be so frustrating. www.thebiblefornormalpeople.com www.peteenns.com www.patreon.com/thebiblefornormalpeople
April 15, 2019
What is Matthew all about? Why does it look the way it does? In this episode Judy Stack takes us to school and helps us to see the Gospel in a new light. www.thebiblefornormalpeople.com www.peteenns.com www.patreon.com/thebiblefornormalpeople
April 8, 2019
Having grown up being told her body was bad, Linda Kay Klein was on a mission to hear from women about their own experiences with Purity Culture. In this episode we talk about what the Bible has to say about sexual purity and maybe more importantly, what it doesn’t. "Pure" by Linda Kay Klein Break Free Together Our Whole Lives (OWL) curriculum  www.thebiblefornormalpeople.com www.peteenns.com www.patreon.com/thebiblefornormalpeople
April 1, 2019
When people find out that the Bible is ancient, ambiguous, and diverse, they often ask, "Is the Bible true then?" Pete and Jared dive into the topic and talk about how truth–in the Bible–is subjective. Resources mentioned in this episode: "The Historical David" by Joel Baden "Luv is a Verb" by DC Talk Is the Bible True? Course www.thebiblefornormalpeople.com www.peteenns.com www.patreon.com/thebiblefornormalpeople
March 25, 2019
What does it mean to remain faithful to the Bible but also have a moral imagination that might extend beyond the Bible? How can that be done? We talk with Jonathan Walton about how he connects those dots and why he feels it’s the way to remain faithful to the Bible.   "A Lens Of Love" by Jonathan Walton www.thebiblefornormalpeople.com www.peteenns.com www.patreon.com/thebiblefornormalpeople
March 18, 2019
This week on The Bible for Normal People, we have Austin Channing Brown as our guest. She shares about her experience growing up in various churches and what we can learn from black churches - especially when it comes to preaching the Bible. LINKS: I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown www.thebiblefornormalpeople.com www.peteenns.com www.patreon.com/thebiblefornormalpeople
March 11, 2019
There’s a lot more going on in the book of Exodus than what you’ve seen on the big screen or heard in church. More than a story of deliverance, Exodus is a subtle literary creation that contains many surprises when we read it closely. Join Pete here for Part 1 of this series where he looks at some big picture issues (like “did it happen?”) before walking us through the themes of chapters 1 and 2.   www.thebiblefornormalpeople.com www.peteenns.com www.patreon.com/thebiblefornormalpeople
March 4, 2019
Anxiety in the life of faith is a conversation that needs to happen more often. Elizabeth Enns Petters talks with us about her journey and how her old views on the Bible contributed to her anxiety and how her new views on God and faith have given her a new perspective on life. Blog: elizabethpetters.com Twitter: eepetters Instagram: elizabethpetters   www.thebiblefornormalpeople.com www.peteenns.com www.patreon.com/thebiblefornormalpeople
February 25, 2019
In this episode, Pete & Jared talk to Xavier Pickett about the Bible and slavery, the Bible and race, and the importance of theologian James Cone.   RESOURCES Reformed Blacks of America "The Civil War as a Theological Crisis" by Mark Knoll "Stony The Road We Trod" by Dr. Cain Hope Felder "How The Bible Actually Works" by Pete Enns     LINKS www.thebiblefornormalpeople.com www.peteenns.com www.patreon.com/thebiblefornormalpeople
February 18, 2019
We talk often about how the Bible isn’t opposed to culture but is deeply embedded in it. Rhonda Burnette-Bletsch shows us how true that is in film by walking us through a few popular movies and how they relate to the Bible.   You can find Rhonda's list of movies at the end of this blog post.     http://www.thebiblefornormalpeople.com https://peteenns.com https://www.patreon.com/thebiblefornormalpeople
February 11, 2019
All human beings are encultured creatures and limited by their humanity—as were the Biblical writers, and evidence for that jumps out at us at every page. The raw and limiting humanity of Scripture is to be embraced and celebrated rather than explained away.   http://www.thebiblefornormalpeople.com https://peteenns.com https://www.patreon.com/thebiblefornormalpeople
February 4, 2019
Hip Hop artist Propaganda joins Pete and Jared for the season 3 opener and shares some deep—and we mean deep—thoughts about the music industry, artistic integrity, and what being Christian in all that means and doesn’t mean.   Download Propaganga's album, "Excellent" on iTunes http://www.thebiblefornormalpeople.com https://peteenns.com https://www.patreon.com/thebiblefornormalpeople
January 28, 2019
Here's a sneak peek of what's coming in Season 3 of The Bible For Normal People podcast.   http://www.thebiblefornormalpeople.com https://peteenns.com https://www.patreon.com/thebiblefornormalpeople
December 17, 2018
In this episode, Jared and Pete look back at all of their guests in Season 2 to talk about language, history, and how personal experiences can't help but affect how we read the Bible. All in the effort to ask that perennial set of questions: What is the Bible and What do We Do With It? http://www.thebiblefornormalpeople.com https://peteenns.com https://www.patreon.com/thebiblefornormalpeople
December 10, 2018
In this episode, Jared & Pete talk to Brad Jersak about how Orthodoxy views the Bible, and some other things, and how those differ from Evangelicalism.   Resources mentioned in this episode: "The Mirror of Scripture" by Archbishop Lazar Puhalo "A More Christlike God" by Brad Jersak "How The Bible Actually Works" by Pete Enns http://www.thebiblefornormalpeople.com https://peteenns.com https://www.patreon.com/thebiblefornormalpeople
December 3, 2018
In this episode, Pete responds to an article from The Gospel Coalition entitled, "3 Beliefs Some Progressive Christians and Atheists Share." He takes issue with the harmful rhetoric that polarizes Evangelicalism creating an "us vs. them" mentality among brothers and sisters in Christ. He points out that Progressive Christianity shouldn't be a pejorative term but one that describes a creative and inquisitive faith seeking to evolve with their understanding of the scripture. resources mentioned in this episode: "3 Beliefs Some Progressive Christians and Atheists Share" by Alisa Childers "God's Word in Human Words" by Kent Sparks Rachel Held Evans Jen Hattmaker Rob Bell Mike McHargue Brian McLaren Michael & Lisa Gungor Bart Campolo Derek Webb   http://www.thebiblefornormalpeople.com https://peteenns.com https://www.patreon.com/thebiblefornormalpeople
November 26, 2018
In this episode, Pete and Jared speak with Daniel Kirk about the Gospel of Mark. Mark's gospel goes to great lengths to provide unparalleled detail and symbolism that get more and more meaningful the deeper you traverse into the text. You'll find yourself anxious to read through it again and again! "Binding the Strongman" by Ched Myers "Jesus Have I Loved but Paul?" by Daniel Kirk "A Man Attested By God" by Daniel Kirk   http://www.thebiblefornormalpeople.com https://peteenns.com https://www.patreon.com/thebiblefornormalpeople
November 19, 2018
In this episode, Pete & Jared speak with Trey Pearson, former lead singer of the popular Christian band Everyday Sunday. Two years ago, Trey came out publicly and lost the support of his record label, church and many friends. He shares openly about the isolation and heartbreak that he endured being ostracized from his faith community. But he found hope and joy in accepting who God made him to be. And has a renewed love for the Bible and for God through new ways of reading and thinking about scripture. http://www.thebiblefornormalpeople.com https://peteenns.com https://www.patreon.com/thebiblefornormalpeople
November 12, 2018
In this episode, Pete & Jared talk to Jonathan Merritt about the language of scripture, how it's changed over the years and how our interpretation and understanding must adapt to fully appreciate what the Bible has to say. links Learning to Speak God from Scratch by Jonathan Merritt Jesus Through the Centuries by Jaroslav Pelikan Studies in Words by C.S. Lewis A Little Exercise For Young Theologians by Helmut Thielicke The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind by Mark A. Noll It's Getting Harder to Talk About God by Jonathan Merritt   http://www.thebiblefornormalpeople.com https://peteenns.com https://www.patreon.com/thebiblefornormalpeople
November 5, 2018
In this episode, Jared takes us into the book of Jeremiah and delves into some of the historical and cultural signifigance of the text.   A Commentary on Jeremiah: Exile and Homecoming by Walter Bruggemann   http://www.thebiblefornormalpeople.com https://peteenns.com https://www.patreon.com/thebiblefornormalpeople
October 29, 2018
In this episode from Season 1, Jared and Pete talk to Dr. Kent Sparks about the origins of the Israelites. Along the way they get into the nature of the Bible, the nature of the Christian faith, fundamental theological issues like soteriology, and the nature of God. After all, you can't talk about anything without talking about everything. http://www.thebiblefornormalpeople.com https://peteenns.com https://www.patreon.com/thebiblefornormalpeople
October 22, 2018
This week Pete & Jared sit down with Kevin Makins, founding pastor of Eucharist Church in Hamilton, Ontario. They talk about community, how he reads the Bible and how it informs the culture of his faith community. http://www.thebiblefornormalpeople.com https://peteenns.com https://www.patreon.com/thebiblefornormalpeople
October 15, 2018
What does the Bible have to say about politics? Nothing, really. On the other hand, a lot—but not the way many tend to think. Rather than supporting a political agenda, the biblical story challenges us to hold those agendas to account when they fail to promote justice. What is needed more then another clever politician with resources to ram things through are prophetic voices that remain distant from adopting wholesale any party ideology.   http://www.thebiblefornormalpeople.com https://peteenns.com https://www.patreon.com/thebiblefornormalpeople
October 8, 2018
This week, Jared & Pete talk to Brent Strawn about the Old Testament. They discuss some of the common criticisms of the Old Testament and how the modern Church has over-emphasized the New Testament much to its detriment.   Follow Brent on Social Media: Facebook Instagram Twitter   Resources Mentioned in This Episode: BOOK: The Old Testament is Dying: A Diagnosis & Reccommended Treatment The Bible for Normal People website Patreon Site Evolving Faith Conference
October 1, 2018
In this episode, Pete & Jared discuss the value that creeds have in shaping the way we practice our faith. And how they can sometimes fall short, as demonstrated by the modern Statement on Social Justic & The Gospel.   LINKS: The Statement on Social Justice & The Gospel The Nashville Statement The Lansdale Statement The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy The Bible for Normal People Patreon
September 24, 2018
In this episode, Jared & Pete talk to Mark Smith about the origin of Yahweh and how the term was understood in the first century.   RESOURCES: The Early History of God The Origins of Biblical Monotheism  The Bible For Normal People website The Bible For Normal People PATREON site
September 17, 2018
In this episode, Jared tackles the question of how to engage with people that believe differently that we do. Many times we're guilty of shutting down the conversation and alienating people with opposing viewpoints rather than seeking to hear and understand their perspective. Jared shares some excellent tools in helping us move the conversation forward.   web http://www.thebiblefornormalpeople.com https://peteenns.com     Patreon https://www.patreon.com/thebiblefornormalpeople
September 3, 2018
In this episode, Jared & Pete talk to William M. Schniedewind, professor of Near Eastern Languages & Cultures at UCLA. They discuss the challenges of accurately capturing the oral tradition of the Hebrew scriptures and what we can learn from looking at the history and context of how it was written.   Resources discussed in this episode: How the Bible Became A Book The Word of God In Transition The Social History of Hebrew   web http://www.thebiblefornormalpeople.com https://peteenns.com     Patreon https://www.patreon.com/thebiblefornormalpeople
August 13, 2018
The Bible for Normal People podcast LIVE from the Wild Goose festival   web http://www.thebiblefornormalpeople.com https://peteenns.com     Patreon https://www.patreon.com/thebiblefornormalpeople     Wild Goose Festival http://wildgoosefestival.org/
August 6, 2018
In this episode, Pete Enns unpacks some of the problems presented by the Bible   additional resources mentioned in this episode: Benjamin D. Sommer, "Revelation & Authority" Benjamin D. Sommer, "Jewish Concepts of Scripture" Benjamin D. Sommer, "The Bodies of God and the World of Ancient Israel" Benjamin D. Sommer, "A Prophet Reads Scripture" The Jewish Study Bible Episode 8: Kent Sparks - Where Did the Israelites Come From? Episode 45: Pete Enns - Romans for Normal People
July 23, 2018
In this reissue from Season 1, Jared and Pete talk to Rachel Held Evans on wrestling with doubt, how women are portrayed in the Bible and loving the scriptures even through personal doubt and deconstruction.   web http://www.thebiblefornormalpeople.com https://peteenns.com     Patreon https://www.patreon.com/thebiblefornormalpeople
July 9, 2018
In this episode, Jared & Pete answer questions submitted from The Bible For Normal People community.   resources mentioned in this episode: The New Interpreter's Study Bible The HarperCollins Study Bible The Jewish Study Bible The Jewish Annotated New Testament   web http://www.thebiblefornormalpeople.com https://peteenns.com     Patreon https://www.patreon.com/thebiblefornormalpeople     Wild Goose Festival http://wildgoosefestival.org/
June 25, 2018
In this episode, Pete & Jared talk with Sarah Bessey about her background in the Word of Faith movement, her deconstruction, and her journey to finding freedom in the Scriptures as she learned to read and understand it in a new way. They also discuss how to raise kids with strong faith without transferring your own doubt and theological baggage to them.   web http://www.thebiblefornormalpeople.com https://peteenns.com     Patreon https://www.patreon.com/thebiblefornormalpeople     Wild Goose Festival http://wildgoosefestival.org/
June 11, 2018
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 question 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!
May 28, 2018
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.   http://www.thebiblefornormalpeople.com https://peteenns.com https://www.patreon.com/thebiblefornormalpeople
May 21, 2018
)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]   The Bible for Normal People http://www.thebiblefornormalpeople.com https://peteenns.com   Patreon page https://www.patreon.com/thebiblefornormalpeople   Wild Goose Festival http://wildgoosefestival.org/
May 14, 2018
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. http://www.thebiblefornormalpeople.com https://peteenns.com   Patreon page https://www.patreon.com/thebiblefornormalpeople   Wild Goose Festival http://wildgoosefestival.org/   Evolving Faith conference https://www.evolvingfaithconference.com/
May 7, 2018
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.
April 30, 2018
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. http://www.thebiblefornormalpeople.com https://peteenns.com https://www.patreon.com/thebiblefornormalpeople
April 23, 2018
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.    https://www.patreon.com/thebiblefornormalpeople   https://peteenns.com/
April 16, 2018
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.
April 9, 2018
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. thebiblefornormalpeople.com/course patreon.com/thebiblefornormalpeople
April 2, 2018
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.   www.peteenns.com www.patreon.com/thebiblefornormalpeople
March 26, 2018
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.
March 19, 2018
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. www.peteenns.com www.patreon.com/thebiblefornormalpeople
March 12, 2018
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)]
March 5, 2018
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. https://peteenns.com/ https://www.patreon.com/thebiblefornormalpeople
February 26, 2018
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.
February 19, 2018
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.
February 12, 2018
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.
February 5, 2018
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
January 29, 2018
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.
January 23, 2018
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.
December 18, 2017
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!
December 11, 2017
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.
December 4, 2017
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
November 27, 2017
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.
November 20, 2017
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.
November 13, 2017
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.
November 6, 2017
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.
October 30, 2017
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.
October 23, 2017
On this week's episode, Jared digs deep into that theologically deep, literarily complex, and definitely not "children's story,"  the book of Jonah.
October 16, 2017
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.
October 9, 2017
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”.
October 2, 2017
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.
September 25, 2017
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.
September 18, 2017
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.
September 11, 2017
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.
August 27, 2017
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.
August 14, 2017
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.
July 31, 2017
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.
July 17, 2017
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.
July 3, 2017
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.
June 19, 2017
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.
June 5, 2017
On this episode, Pete and Jared discuss how doubt in the life of faith is normal, biblical, and spiritually beneficial.
May 29, 2017
On this week's epsiode, Jared 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.
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