Episode 17: Denis Lamoureux - The Bible, Evolution, & Christian Faith

August 13, 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. 


Episode 16: Ellen Davis - What is the Practical Value of the Old Testament?

July 30, 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.



Episode 15: Brian Zahnd - Violence in the Bible and What to Do with It

July 16, 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. 


Episode 14: Matthew Vines - The Bible and The Gay Christian

July 2, 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.


Episode 13: Marc Brettler - On Being a Jewish Biblical Scholar

June 18, 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.


Episode 12: Pete Enns and Jared Byas - Faith and Doubt: No, You’re Not the Only One

June 4, 2017

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


Episode 11: Benjamin D. Sommer - Jewish Views on the Bible

May 28, 2017

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


Episode 10: Pete Enns - The Israelites Believed in Many Gods.

May 21, 2017

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


Episode 9: Daniel Kirk - Understanding The Human Jesus

May 14, 2017

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


Episode 8: Kent Sparks - Where Did the Israelites Come From?

May 7, 2017

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