The Bible Sojourner

The Bible Sojourner

Welcome to The Bible Sojourner, the podcast that dives into challenging Bible passages, thought-provoking theology, and the cultural intricacies that shape our world. Join Dr. Peter Goeman, a seasoned professor of Old Testament and Biblical Languages, as he embarks on a captivating journey through the text of Scripture and beyond. Unravel the mysteries behind enigmatic passages and gain a deeper understanding of ancient world and their relevance in our modern lives. The Bible Sojourner is your compass to navigate the fascinating landscapes of Scripture, history, and contemporary thought.


September 19, 2023 61 mins
Many people struggle to understand why the Law was given to Israel because they do not seek to understand the Law as part of the story of God interacting with Israel. It can be helpful to look at Old Testament Law systematically, but it is also essential to understand Old Testament Law as a part of narrative and story. The Law was not given in a vacuum, but is an essential part of Israel's history. Understanding the when, to whom, ...
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Is there a divine council? In this episode we discuss the Bible texts which talk about angels being granted special authority over nations and how that should impact our understanding of how God interacts with angels. We talk about the Divine Council worldview that Mike Heiser popularized in his book The Unseen Realm. We also discuss whether the Bible refers to angels as divine, and how our English definitions don't always matc...

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This episode continues the discussion from last time about biblicism. Although last episode discussed methodology and logic of interpretation primarily, this episode discusses biblicism from a standpoint of history and specifically the Reformation. We look at Wyclif, Zwingli, Luther, and Calvin and look at some of the examples of how the Reformers were guilty of the things biblicists are often accused of: (1) departing from “univer...

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In this episode we examine the concept of biblicism. Is biblicism dangerous? Do we need creeds and confessions to tell us what the Bible means? Or, to put it another way, should we let our theological presuppositions dictate the meaning of a passage? We review a past episode of Theocast on biblicism and why there are tremendous problems with saying theological systems need to drive our interpretation. Theocast video reviewed: http...

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In this video we look at Titus 1:6 and examine elder qualifications. Titus 1:6 says that an elder (a church leader or pastor) should have "children who believe" (NASB) or "faithful children" (LSB). Which translation better conveys the qualification for a church leader? Tim Miller (Shepherds Theological Seminary) joins us to talk about this vital topic. Bible Sojourner article on this topic:
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We look at a variety of issues, such as the resurrection and reign of believers, whether baptism can be done in Jesus's name, and whether the Holy Spirit should be thought of as feminine. Time stamps and topics are as follows:

  • 00:00 Introduction
  • 2:13 The Resurrection and Reign of Dead Saints
  • 12:09 Being Baptized in Jesus's Name Instead of Trinity
  • 20:35 Observing the Passover in the Millennium
  • 28:33 The Holy Spiri...
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Geography is one of the most undervalued aspects of Bible study. Todd Bolen joins us on the episode today and we talk about the importance of geography and how it impacted the lives of those who lived during Bible times and continues to have relevance to Israel even today. We talk about how biblical stories have greater depth and clarity when we understand geographical and cultural elements. Todd Bolen's TMU Profile: https://...

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We look at an assortment of listener questions and talk about a variety of issues. See list of topics in the time stamps below:

  • 00:00 Introduction
  • 02:27 Was the Serpent a Serpent in Genesis 3?
  • 07:47 Ancient Weaponry in Prophecies
  • 20:55 Role of the Church in Observing the Ordinances
  • 28:27 Push for Unity Among Non-mainline Churches
  • 35:18 Luke 5 and New Wine in Old Wineskins
  • 40:08 VanDrunen's Two Kingdom Model
  • 5...
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We are joined on today’s episode by Cory Marsh and James Fazio from Southern California Seminary. Our topic of discussion is the history of dispensational thought prior to Darby. Marsh and Fazio have edited a brand new volume entitled, Discovering Dispensationalism, which relies on quality scholarship to argue for the presence of dispensational themes prior to Darby. Join us as we survey the motivation behind the book as well as so...

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Special guest Mike Vlach joins us to talk about his new book, The New Creation Model. Vlach discusses the New Creation Model and the Spiritual Vision Model, and how these two paradigms have influenced interpreters for thousands of years. We talk about Dispensationalism and Covenant Theology and how those systems understand the storyline of Scripture. We also discuss premillennialism, amillennialism, and postmillennialism and how th...

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In today's episode, we talk about mental health and the Christian. What kind of insight does the Bible give into mental health? How does the world use the term? We look into the history of the mental health movement and talk about how the Bible describes anxiety and other mental health issues. Lastly, we apply the biblical worldview in order to assess this important topic. 0:00 Intro

2:51 Defining Mental Health

12:12 History ...

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In today's episode, we discuss English Bible translations. In the first half, we talk about the King James Version (KJV) and why people still use it, and whether or not it is inspired or superior to other translations. In the second half of the episode, we talk about Bible translation philosophy in general and how it is a somewhat complicated endeavor. Resources referenced in the podcast:

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On today's episode, a special guest (Tim Goeman) joins us to talk about the early formative years of parenting. We also move on to the later stages of the family to talk about end-of-life issues (i.e., taking care of elderly parents). These are often issues that get ignored, but as believers, we need to have these conversations.

Resources referenced in the podcast:

Bill Davis, Departing in Peace:

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April 3, 2023 46 mins

The Baptism Debate has been released! In this episode, we talk about a little bit of the history behind the book. We also discuss the arguments that help consolidate the issues behind whether or not infants should be baptized. Listen to the episode and see if the book might be something that would be helpful in understanding infant baptism and Reformed covenant theology.

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John Piper believes that any remarriage after divorce is wrong. We review Piper's position paper on the subject and compare it with the position presented by Andrew David Naselli in a 2019 journal article. We talk about the cultural context of Jewish and Greco-Roman life and how that should contribute to one's understanding of the Bible's divorce passages.

Article by Andrew David Naselli

Article by John Piper

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Today's short episode deals with the question of whether a Christian woman can work outside the home? What does the Bible say, and what is the wise course of action?

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While the culture is trying to de-feminize women, the Bible gives clear teaching on God's beautiful and unique design for women. Furthermore, the Bible gives plentiful instruction on what the church is to teach younger women. We do our women (and men) a disservice when we fail to emphasize the godly calling of motherhood and being a wife, but this is a very unpopular message in today's culture.  

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Were America's founding fathers Christian? Did they embrace the core tenets of Christianity? Or, were they deists? In this episode, Dr. Gregg Frazer joins us to talk about those men who helped design the constitution and found the great nation of America. Frazer challenges the common notions and helps us look at the facts of history.  Dr. Frazer has also provided a handout entitled, "Why is the Christian America View Dangerous?"  G...
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What is dispensationalism? How does dispensationalism differentiate itself as a system from other ways of interpreting Scripture? I'm joined by special guest Michael Vlach to discuss his new book Dispensational Hermeneutics. We talk about how dispensationalism is more than just an eschatology, but really a whole framework for reading the Bible.   

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Have you heard of ChatGPT? It is one of the most amazing technological advances of this decade. This new era of artificial intelligence brings with it a variety of challenges and ethical dilemmas. How should Christians think about tools like ChatGPT?

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