Peter Enns and Jared Byas

The Bible For Normal People

Serious Talks about The Sacred Book
The Bible For Normal People


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


Episode 95: Cheryl Bridges Johns - The Bible & Women’s Spirituality

Aug 12, 2019 47:35


This week Jared and Pete sit down with theologian and professor Cheryl Bridges Johns as she describes how feminism has changed over the years and the importance of both being rooted in your own traditions and staying open to "the other."



"All We're Meant to Be" by Letha Dawson Scanzoni & Nancy A. Hardesty "The Prophetic Imagination" by Walter Brueggemann  "Seven Transforming Gifts of Menopause" by Cheryl Bridges Johns "How the Bible Actually Works" by Pete Enns

Episode 94: Pete & Jared - Do We Know God is Good From the Bible?

Jul 29, 2019 44:35


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

Episode 93: Keesmat & Walsh - Resisting Empire in the Book of Romans

Jul 15, 2019 48:37


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

Episode 92: AJ Levine - Jesus, Judaism, & Christianity (REISSUE)

Jul 1, 2019 48:21

Episode 91: Pete Enns - Pete Ruins Exodus (Part 3)

Jun 17, 2019 01:15:04


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

Episode 90: Richard Rohr - The (Biblical) Universal Christ

Jun 3, 2019 59:59


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.


"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

Episode 89: Pete and Jared - David’s Sordid Past: This Ain’t No Kids Story

May 27, 2019 52:14


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.



Episode 88: Rachel Held Evans - Reading The Bible Creatively

May 20, 2019 01:00:53


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. 



"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


Episode 87: Robert Alter - The Art of Translating the Bible

May 13, 2019 54:52


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.



"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

Episode 86: Pete Enns - Pete Ruins Exodus (Part 2)

May 7, 2019 01:02:27


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.

Jeffrey Stackert Episode - Season 2

Episode 85: Austen Hartke - The Bible & The Lives of Transgender Christians

Apr 29, 2019 46:05


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.


"Transforming: The Bible and the Lives of Transgender Christians" by Austen Hartke Gender Spectrum  

Episode 84: Jared Byas - Paul is Frustrating: On Fornication & Wives Obeying Husbands in Colossians

Apr 22, 2019 33:12


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.

Episode 83: Judy Stack - The Gospel of Matthew on Integrity & Hypocrisy

Apr 15, 2019 49:47


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.

Episode 82: Linda Kay Klein - Breaking Free From Purity Culture

Apr 8, 2019 52:14


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



Episode 81: Pete & Jared - Truth is Subjective . . . Even in the Bible

Apr 1, 2019 38:18


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

Episode 80: Jonathan Walton - Reading the Bible Through the Lens of Love

Mar 25, 2019 47:05


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


Episode 79: Austin Channing Brown - Preaching the Bible in the Black Church

Mar 18, 2019 43:36


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.


I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown

Episode 78: Pete Enns - Pete Ruins Exodus (Part 1)

Mar 11, 2019 45:41


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.

Episode 77: Elizabeth Enns Petters - Anxiety in the Life of Faith

Mar 4, 2019 37:44


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: Twitter: eepetters Instagram: elizabethpetters

Episode 76: Xavier Pickett - So When Did White Christian America Lose Its Mind?

Feb 25, 2019 48:47

Episode 75: Rhonda Burnette-Bletsch - The Bible & Film

Feb 18, 2019 44:23


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.

Episode 74: Pete & Jared - God’s Children Tell the Story

Feb 11, 2019 43:42


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.

Episode 73: Propaganda - What Does Christian Art Even Mean?

Feb 4, 2019 47:04


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

Season 3 Teaser

Jan 28, 2019 03:21


Here's a sneak peek of what's coming in Season 3 of The Bible For Normal People podcast.

Episode 72: What Is the Bible & What Do We Do with It: Season 2 Recap

Dec 17, 2018 40:18


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?

Episode 71: Brad Jersak - The Bible And Orthodox Faith

Dec 10, 2018 42:00


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

Episode 70: Pete Enns - The TGC Doesn’t Really Get Progressive Christianity and Atheism

Dec 3, 2018 55:00


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

Episode 69: Daniel Kirk - Five Things You Need to Know About the Gospel of Mark

Nov 26, 2018 51:11


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

Episode 68: Trey Pearson - Hey Jesus

Nov 19, 2018 49:04


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.

Episode 67: Jonathan Merritt - Re-imagining Sacred Speech

Nov 12, 2018 52:22

Episode 66: Jared Byas - The Book of Jeremiah

Nov 5, 2018 32:32


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

Episode 65: Kent Sparks - Where Did the Israelites Come From?

Oct 29, 2018 58:12


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.




Episode 64: Kevin Makins - Reading the Bible Toward Unity Not Uniformity

Oct 22, 2018 53:10


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.

Episode 63: Pete Enns - What Does the Bible Have to Say about Politics—American or Otherwise?

Oct 15, 2018 52:00


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.

Episode 62: Brent Strawn - A Gentle Reminder that the Old Testament is Part of Our Bible and You Can't Avoid It

Oct 8, 2018 48:11


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    

Episode 61: Pete & Jared - Creeds, Confessions & Statements of Belief

Oct 1, 2018 44:55


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.



The Statement on Social Justice & The Gospel

The Nashville Statement

The Lansdale Statement

The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy

The Bible for Normal People


Episode 60: Mark Smith - Who Is Yahweh & Where Did Yahweh Come From?

Sep 24, 2018 54:47


In this episode, Jared & Pete talk to Mark Smith about the origin of Yahweh and how the term was understood in the first century.



The Early History of God The Origins of Biblical Monotheism  The Bible For Normal People website The Bible For Normal People PATREON site

Episode 59: Jared Byas - How to Talk to People You Disagree With

Sep 17, 2018 31:22


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     Patreon

Episode 58: Bill Schniedewind - When and Why the Bible Was Written

Sep 3, 2018 50:25


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     Patreon

Episode 57: LIVE from Wild Goose

Aug 13, 2018 48:25


The Bible for Normal People podcast LIVE from the Wild Goose festival


web     Patreon     Wild Goose Festival

Episode 56: Pete Enns - Evangelicals and the Problem of the Old Testament

Aug 6, 2018 45:39

Episode 55: Rachel Held Evans - Unraveling and Re-Raveling the Bible (from Season 1)

Jul 23, 2018 00:47:31


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     Patreon

Episode 54: Jared & Pete - Q & A

Jul 9, 2018 00:41:06


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   [...]

Episode 53: Sarah Bessey - Connecting The Holy Spirit & The Holy Bible

Jun 25, 2018 00:38:37


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.


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Episode 52: Pete Enns - Ecclesiastes

Jun 11, 2018 01:03:36


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

Episode 51: Jamie Wright - Jesus, Justice & the Mission Field

May 28, 2018 00:40:13


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

Episode 50: Rob Bell - What is the Bible?

May 21, 2018 00:46:38


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

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

  The Bible for Normal People   Patreon page   Wild Goose Festival

Episode 49: Pete & Jared - Critical Thinking

May 14, 2018 00:47:39


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

Episode 48: Jeffrey Stackert - Who Wrote the Pentateuch?

May 7, 2018 00:54:03


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

Episode 47: Audrey Assad - Deconverting From Certainty

Apr 30, 2018 00:47:15


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

Episode 46: Wil Gafney - Womanist Midrash

Apr 23, 2018 00:42:23


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



Episode 45: Pete Enns - Romans for Normal People

Apr 16, 2018 01:00:50


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

Episode 44: Craig Allert - Where Did the New Testament Come From?

Apr 9, 2018 00:44:05


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

Episode 43: Jared Byas - Is the Bible True?

Apr 2, 2018 00:29:38


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


Episode 42: Barbara Brown Taylor - How the Bible is Curated

Mar 26, 2018 00:43:23


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

Episode 41: William Paul Young - Reimagining the God of the Bible

Mar 19, 2018 00:48:31


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


Episode 40: Richard Rohr - A Contemplative Look at The Bible

Mar 12, 2018 01:00:02


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

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

Episode 39: Understanding Deuteronomy & the Story of Israel’s Kings

Mar 5, 2018 00:59:18


In this episode, Pete and Jared discuss Deuteronomy, the so-called “Deuteronomistic History,” and why God in these books is so over-the-top angry most of the time.

Episode 38: Peter Rollins - The Bible as a Sacred Object

Feb 26, 2018 00:51:29


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

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

Feb 19, 2018 00:46:41


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

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

Feb 12, 2018 00:48:49


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

Episode 35: Brian McLaren - The Bible As A Weapon

Feb 5, 2018 00:49:21


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

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

Jan 29, 2018 00:46:43


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

Season 2 Teaser

Jan 24, 2018 00:02:20


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

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

Dec 18, 2017 00:42:16


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

Episode 32: Carolyn Custis James - Moving Beyond Patriarchy

Dec 11, 2017 00:46:11


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

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

Dec 4, 2017 01:02:33


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

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

Nov 27, 2017 00:55:30


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

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

Nov 21, 2017 00:52:29


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

Episode 28: Greg Boyd - Jesus & Divine Violence

Nov 13, 2017 00:48:48


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

Episode 27: Pete and Jared - Authority, Revelation, and Inspiration

Nov 6, 2017 00:51:37


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

Episode 26: Drew Hart - The Bible, Race, and White Supremacy

Oct 30, 2017 00:45:46


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

Episode 25: Jared Byas - Jonah

Oct 23, 2017 00:35:43


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

Episode 24: Nyasha Junior - Womanist Biblical Interpretation

Oct 16, 2017 00:46:49


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


Episode 23: Beverly Gaventa - What is The Book of Romans Trying To Do?

Oct 9, 2017 00:49:32


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

Episode 22: Pete Enns - 5 Things Jesus Wants You to Know about the Adam Story

Oct 2, 2017 00:51:06


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

Episode 21: Jon D. Levenson - Resurrection in the Hebrew Bible

Sep 25, 2017 00:58:48


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


Episode 20: Diana Butler Bass - Reading the Bible as an Experience & Relationship

Sep 18, 2017 00:58:22


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

Episode 19: Megan DeFranza - The Bible and Intersex Believers

Sep 11, 2017 00:49:16


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

Episode 18: Jared Byas - Taking the Bible Seriously But Not Literally

Aug 28, 2017 00:34:51


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

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

Aug 14, 2017 00:47:06


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

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

Jul 31, 2017 00:53:05


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


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

Jul 17, 2017 00:50:53


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

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

Jul 3, 2017 00:52:09


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

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

Jun 19, 2017 00:45:16


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

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

Jun 5, 2017 00:46:11


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 29, 2017 01:02:46


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.  

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

May 22, 2017 00:41:41


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

Episode 9: Daniel Kirk - Understanding The Human Jesus

May 15, 2017 00:56:57


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

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

May 8, 2017 00:58:53


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

Episode 7: Pete Enns and Jared Byas - Teaching the Bible to Your Children

May 1, 2017 00:45:56


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

Episode 6: AJ Levine - Jesus, Judaism, and Christianity

Apr 24, 2017 00:49:11


On this week’s episode of The Bible for Normal People, we speak with Amy-Jill Levine on understanding Jesus is his Jewish context. Levine is University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School and the author of a number of books including Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi.

Episode 5: Mike McHargue - That Topic that Isn’t Going Anywhere Anytime Soon: Science and the Bible.

Apr 17, 2017 01:03:18


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

Episode 4: Walter Brueggemann - Resurrecting the Bible in The Mainline Church

Apr 10, 2017 00:42:34


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

Episode 3: Rachel Held Evans - Unraveling and Re-Raveling the Bible

Apr 3, 2017 00:51:05


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

Episode 2: Richard Rohr - A Contemplative Look at The Bible

Mar 27, 2017 01:03:54


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

Episode 1: Rob Bell - What Is The Bible?

Mar 20, 2017 00:49:23


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

Introduction, with Pete Enns and Jared Byas

Mar 13, 2017 00:06:50


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