A Podcast of Biblical Proportions

A Podcast of Biblical Proportions

Exploring the stories of the Old Testament from the perspective of the writers and audience, immersing ourselves in ancient history and contrasting the original Hebrew text and the King James version. Support our podcast on Patreon! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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January 5, 2021 14 min

How are we approaching this podcast? What are we looking for in the stories of the bible? Who are we? What's up with our weird accents?

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The Bible's Creation Story might well be the most famous story ever written. It highlights a god rarely seen in the human world: a dispassionate, calculated and amorphous deity with a solid plan it executes to perfection. So who is this deity that the people of the Eastern Mediterranean people of the Kingdom of Israel created? Did they create him out of nothing? Visit our website ttps://podcastofbiblicalproportions.com Support ...
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January 13, 2021 21 min
God establishes a hierarchy in the world he creates: first he lays the base, then the lights of the day and night, then the plants and the simplest living beings, then birds, the wild animals, and on the sixth day he creates the farm animals and a male and female prototype humans. Visit our website https://podcastofbiblicalproportions.com Support our podcast on Patreon!

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January 20, 2021 26 min
Welcome a new character into the story - the god Yahweh, who creates the world in one day after God(s) created it in six days in the preceding chapter. That's weird. Who's this guy? What kind of character is he? How does he go about creating the world? Visit our website https://podcastofbiblicalproportions.com Support our podcast on Patreon!

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The second creation story has a very clear connection to the local geography and geopolitics: specifying rivers and kingdoms. It's anything but universal. We look at the story through what went on in Mesopotamia at that time, including the Late Bronze Age Collapse that preceded it. Visit our website https://podcastofbiblicalproportions.com Support our podcast on Patreon!

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February 17, 2021 32 min
The story of Garden of Eden is another iconic tale, a coming of age story, nostalgia to the days of hunter-gatherers, and also a story about the legal right of men, women and snakes. Check out our website http://www.podcastofbiblicalproportions.com Support our podcast on Patreon!

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February 24, 2021 28 min
Whether you see it as an archetypical story about competition between brothers for their father's attention, or another example of the primordial conflict between nomadic and settled societies - Cain and Abel is an iconic story. Visit our website https://podcastofbiblicalproportions.com Support our podcast on Patreon!

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March 10, 2021 18 min
What happened between the first human prototypes and the ancient world of Mesopotamia more than 3000 years ago? Visit our website https://podcastofbiblicalproportions.com Support our podcast on Patreon!

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It is surprising how many cultures and religions, in Mesopotamia, the Mediterranean, Africa, Asia and the Americas have flood myths. Some of them impacted more than others the story of Noah's Ark. Visit our website https://podcastofbiblicalproportions.com Support our podcast on Patreon!

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March 31, 2021 32 min
The epic story of Noah and the Flood has the two deities, Elohim and Yahweh, driving the plot, and Noah relegated to following orders to the tee. Each of the two deities has its own character traits and modes of communication with the chosen Noah. Visit our website https://podcastofbiblicalproportions.com Support our podcast on Patreon!

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April 7, 2021 22 min
After learning about physics, the natural world and first professions, we now get to who were the people who built all those great cities out there, Uruk, Ninveh and others. According to the bible, Noah's sons and their descendants were founding fathers. Check out our website https://podcastofbiblicalproportions.com Support our podcast on Patreon!

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April 14, 2021 24 min
The story of the Tower of Babel is another archetypical human story. Humans across the globe came to similar explanations to burning questions. The Tower of Babel story is written like a poem, with word plays and a beautifully consistent format. Check out our website for more http://www.podcastofbiblicalproportions.com Support our podcast on Patreon!

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April 23, 2021 12 min
In this bonus episode, we apply the film study term onto the bible to learn more about the males who wrote and listened to these stories. Visit our website https://podcastofbiblicalproportions.com/ Support our podcast on Patreon!

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What kind of person is Abraham? What are his character traits? What makes him so special that god/Yahweh chooses him? What does their partnership look like? There's so much to learn from the answers to these questions, and also if we compare him to other founding fathers/patriarchs like Hercules, Odysseus, Ibrahim, Jesus, Buddha and more. Check out our website http://www.podcastofbiblicalproportions.com/ Support our podcast on...
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What did the world look like in those biblical times? What kind of climate did they live in? What were the animals ad vegetation around them? And what kind of culture do their special blend (+unique geography) produce? We host evolutionary biologist Dr. Rutger Vos to break it down. Rutger is Gil's partner on another podcast, Pod Academy, that combines pop culture and academics. Support our podcast on Patreon!

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Abraham and his deity reach an agreement - Abraham needs to leave his family and place of birth in return for fielty. That fealty includes other things as well: worship, obedience, cutting part of the penis, and killing your only son at Yahweh's demand. Slowly the god and follower strike a bond. Support our podcast on Patreon!

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May 26, 2021 37 min
Sarah is Avraham's loyal wife, who up till the age of 90 has not "given him" a son. God/Yahweh solves that problem with some magic, but that's not the end of her drama, which encapsulates much of how men saw the life of women in Ancient Mesopotamia. Support our podcast on Patreon!

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June 2, 2021 46 min
The story of Sodom and Gomorrah has remained iconic for 3,000 years, incorporated enthusiastically by later Abrahamic religions. But looking at it in its proper context, it is most likely a pre-religious story of city people breaking the laws of hospitality. Abraham gets his family deity to send in a SWAT team to extricate his brother from Sodom right before the carpet bombing, and then Lot's two daughters proceed to rape him. ...
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June 9, 2021 34 min
Yahweh and Abraham had a deal. But the god keeps demanding more and more and testing and prototypical follower. In this final and toughest test, Yahweh asks Abraham to sacrifice his son Yitzhak, and Abraham obeys without asking questions, in a riveting short story that might be the best one in the whole book. Support our podcast on Patreon!

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June 23, 2021 22 min
The only honest-to-god heroics in the story of Abraham is his small part in a regional war between four Mesopotamian kings and five local Canaanite vassals. The Mesopotamians crush the insignificant rebellion and take goodies and captives up north. One of the captives is Abraham's brother Lot, which is why Abraham and 300 of his men carry out a night raid to free him and bring back the loot taken from the Canaanites. Check out ...
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