Episode 37: Cynthia Shafer-Elliott - What Archaeologists Do & Why It Matters

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.

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Episode 36: Pete Enns - 7 Things You Need to Know about How the Book of Proverbs Works

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.

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Episode 35: Brian McLaren - The Bible As A Weapon

February 4, 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

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Episode 34: Jen Hatmaker - Changing Your Mind About the Bible: A Survivor’s Guide

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. 

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Season 2 Teaser

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.

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Episode 33: Pete and Jared - What Is The Bible & What Do We Do With It?

December 17, 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!

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Episode 32: Carolyn Custis James - Moving Beyond Patriarchy

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.

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Episode 31: The Bible For Normal People: LIVE From Penn State University

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

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Episode 30: Pete Enns - Taking a Shot at Divine Violence

November 26, 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.

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Episode 29: Anthony Le Donne - The Gospels as Memories of Jesus

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.

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