The Human Bible (Podcast)







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In this, the penultimate Human Bible show, hosted by the Center for Inquiry, Dr. Price examines whether or not the Book of Revelation was based on real visions and were there two Gerasene Demoniacs or only one, vis. Mark 5:2 and Luke 8:27 versus Matthew 8:28? What exactly does the word "lord" mean? Does it imply happy submissiveness to the all-powerful, or is it just rubbing my modern independent spirit the wrong way? Finally, does 1 Timothy 2:11-15 say that women are to be saved via having babies?

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:32am EDT

Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to interpret the book of Revelation, in episode 34 of The Human Bible with Dr. Robert M. Price. Then, did Peter personally air his dirty laundry through the Gospel of Mark, as apologists claim? Listeners ask about Genesis 9:13's rainbow on the gun rack of God's pickup truck, while the good Doctor himself asks is Francis the Talking Mule in the Old Testament? Another questioner returns us to ponder what the central meaning of Revelation might be. Stay subscribed to the Human Bible for more podcasts to come.

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Check your prophetic scorecard and track how many years Adam's got left, while pondering whether fashion statements are in the Bible. Get up to speed on 1st century Judaism's idea of blasphemy and stumble with apologists over the question of universal salvation. Join Dr. Price as he disposes of listener questions on missing trees in the garden of Eden, Adam's first wife, and much more!

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The Human Bible episode 32 begins by elaborating on "realized eschatology," continued from episode 31, and it only gets better. Join Dr. Robert M. Price as he sticks up for the Bible's insistence on four-legged bugs. Find out the answer to the question did Paul ascend to a heavenly Jerusalem, or was he just describing a road trip? Who got to keep Moses' body, Michael or ... SATAN? Who owns the "logos" concept of John 1, Judaism or Hellenism? Finally, is Paul predicting the end of days during the lifetime of his letters' addressees?

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Episode 031

Ever wonder why some stories appear in two or three gospels, but in very different forms? Why the changes in wording, and what significance do these changes have?

Robert Price explains how through “redaction criticism” we can explain some of these differences and understand their significance. For example, the author of the gospel of Luke redacted or edited the source material he used, some of it also found in Mark. Luke shaped the source material so his gospel narrative would make the points he thought important. Among the key differences between Mark and Luke is that while the former suggests the Second Coming is imminent, Luke, probably writing later, counsels Christians not to be impatient. The timing of Jesus’ return is unknown and … well, it could be a while. In the meantime, Christians should recognize that references by Mark or others to the Kingdom of God being at hand mean that Christians have undergone an internal transformation, not that JC is on the next bus from paradise.

Redaction criticism is a powerful tool for understanding the theological goals of the various gospel writers.

This episode also has your favorite segments: Listener Questions, Apologetics, the Prophetic Scorecard, and Is That in the Bible? We learn that the relations between Eve and the Serpent in the Garden of Eden may be more complicated than we thought, and we consider the possibility that even contemporaries of the New Testament authors may have thought the whole Jesus thing was just a bunch of cobbled together myths.

Redact your calendar to make room for his informative and entertaining episode!

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We start the episode getting up to speed on a basic idea: Does the New Testament say that Jesus is God?

Next: a look at some of the classic examples of excuse-making in the Bible, also known as the convenient-but-confusing “Doctrine of Progressive Revelation.”

Have you ever stopped to think about where Christians think Satan came from? The answer isn’t as simple as you’d think. (This is the Bible, after all…)

Lastly, does the Bible support the idea that Jesus wants a personal relationship with us as our savior? Spoiler alert: No.

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First off, we get up to speed with the Book of Job. Exactly what are we supposed to learn from this story? When bad things happen to good people, are they just being tested? Or are they being punished? Or is it just about suffering as a great learning opportunity?

And while we’re at it, what does all this say about who determines our destiny? Mixed messages result from multiple authors with multiple agendas.

Next, Bob tackles some fantastic audience questions:

· The Book of Mormon has a character named Korihor who is pretty much an atheist. Is this normal—are there any atheists in the Bible—or is this a reflection of the modern times in which the Book of Mormon was written, when freethinkers and humanists were more outspoken and clearly influencing people like Joseph Smith?

· So, zombies in the Book of Matthew?

Finally, did Jesus go to Hell?

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:46am EDT

What exactly is the idea behind "love your enemy as yourself"? Bob shows us it's more complicated than you might think: It might be that you're supposed to love your enemy because you're hoping God will be the one to dole out punishment to the wicked (far more severely than you could). Or maybe loving your enemy will, as Bob says, "make your enemy feel like a jerk," thereby psychologically heaping fiery coals on his head.

Also, is it really St. Peter's job to decide who does and does not get into Heaven? And what's the deal with Revelation: isn't the Roman Empire supposed to rise again? We'll get to the bottom of it all with The Human Bible.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:33am EDT

The Human Bible returns for ten more episodes, kicking things off with a question that, if answered, could have literally cosmic implications: Did Ezekiel encounter alien spaceships? It's a more compelling question than you think.

Also, Bob wonders if "did the historical Jesus actually exist?" is the wrong question, but rather, "which one?" The pacifist? The cynic sage? The violent revolutionary? The apocalyptic prophet?

All this in much more in the latest edition of The Human Bible!

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:56am EDT

This week we finally answer the big question on everyone's mind: Was Jesus a shape-shifter, YES OR NO?

Also, what exactly is a concubine, in biblical terms?

We answer some great listener questions:

  • What in the world is going on in Matthew 27:51-53 where the author talks about the earth shaking, tombs breaking open, and bodies raising from the dead and appearing to people?
  • What does the Bible have to say about why continual worship and adoration of God is such a big deal?

And finally, answering yet another burning question, we explain, according to the Bible, which insects you can eat, and which you must not.

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As the ancient proverb says, you can't tell the Herods apart without a scorecard. We get up to speed this week on all the different Herods mentioned in the Bible.

It's pretty well known that the Bible can be, to put it mildly, especially unkind to women. This week we take a brief look at one interesting response to that: biblical feminism.

We answer some great listener questions: Who was Nimrod, did he really hunt dinosaurs, and what does Bugs Bunny have to do with it? We seem to know when passages of the Bible were written. What are the ways we can find that information to begin with, and are some passages more accurately dated than others?

Finally, did Jesus predict Muhammad? Is that in the Bible?!

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

Big news! Human Bible t-shirts are now in stock. They're the best way to show the world that while the Bible may not be infallible, you think it's pretty damn fascinating. Pick one up today!

As always, we get up to speed—this time we look at the evolution of a biblical text and learn how the Epistle of Jude is more dependent that one might guess on a book that didn't make it into the New Testament.

We take a look at the Gospel of John and a story about Jesus lying (or... bending the truth?) to his brothers about going to dinner in Judea.

Is God multilingual? How did the Bible come to be written in three different languages?

Was Jesus a non-violent and anti-authoritarian figure? Can the Bible itself be be read as an anti-authoritarian text?

Finally, is reincarnation mentioned in the Bible? Should we all convert to New Ageism just in case?

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:35pm EDT

This week on The Human Bible we get up to speed on the Torah. What sort of laws does it contain, and who enforces them?

Some critics of the gospels claim that they were written by people playing, basically, a big game of telephone—how do apologists respond?

We answer some listener questions: did Moses part the Red Sea, or just catch it at low tide? Singular vs plural in Genesis—is it the story of creation by one god, or many?

Finally, we look at the claim that "God helps those who help themselves." For answers, we examine a not often enough referenced text: the Holy Script of the Life of Brian.

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This week on The Human Bible, we ask: to whom was the Bible written? Is it meant to be read by anyone that happens to pick it up, or did its authors have a more specific audience in mind?

We take a look at "the day the earth stood still!" The Bible says God lengthened a day for Joshua so he could win a battle—urban legend, or confirmed by science?!

As always we answer some great listener questions: Where do Catholic rituals come from, and can you find reference to them in the Bible? While Jesus is on the cross, why does it seem like it takes him crying out to God for people to realize he might be thirsty?

Finally, we examine a song in the Bible, and, okay, look, it involves rocks and it involves kids. And it's not pretty. Is that really in the Bible?!

Thanks to Andrew and Carrie for the questions answered in this week's episode! 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:36pm EDT

This week on The Human Bible, we first get Up to Speed by answering some questions: What is the difference between Isreal and Judah? Between Israelite and Jew? And does Jew mean the same thing as Judean?

We flip things around for this week's Apologetics is Never Having to Say You're Sorry: we pick out something from the Bible that is often called a contradiction—and understandably so—but suggest that it is, in fact, not.

As always, we explore some questions from listeners:

Are there numerological "puns" in the Bible? Does the Number of the Beast, 666, spell out NRN CSR or Nero Caesar? If so, are there other instances of this in the text?

Does the Bible say God wants us to be rich and successful, as many mega-churches and televangelists claim?

Finally, does the Bible suggest that God wants people to be gay—but only those people he doesn't like? Is that in the Bible?!

A special thanks to Robert and Greg for submitting the questions answered in this episode. 

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This week, first thing's first: is your humble host actually Santa Claus? Listen and find out!

We get up to speed on the predicted coming of Jesus and the nature of prophecy.

When was Jesus born? Was it during the reign of Harod the Great, or a couple years after Harod died, during the course of a census? The Bible seems to think... both times. But, well, which is it?

Who were the Magi—or, the "Three Wise Men"? Kings, astrologers, or something else?

Finally, the Bible speaks of going into a forest, cutting down a tree, and decking it with silver and gold. Is it describing a Christmas tree?!

All this and more on this special Christmas episode of The Human Bible!

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This week on The Human Bible we explain some of the differences between an historian and an apologist. How do historians decide if a story comes from mythology or from reality?

A well known story in the Bible involves a mustard seed—in particular, it claims that they’re the smallest of all seeds. What’s the problem with that? Well, they are not, in fact, the smallest of all seeds. We gain some insight into how some apologists deal with that discrepancy.

We answer some great, as always, listener questions: Are Urim and Thummim the Magic 8-Ball of the Bible? When did God stop repenting, as he often does in the Old Testament?

Finally, in this week’s Is That In the Bible?!, we look to Proverbs and ask "Bribes: yea or nay?"

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This week on The Human Bible we get a primer on some often mispronounced and misspelled Biblical terms. Prophecy, prophesy, prophesize? Is it Book of Revelation or Book of Revelations?

During Apologetics is Never Having to Say You're Sorry, we wonder who Simon Peter was talking to when he denied knowing Jesus—and how many times did he actually do it?

As always, we answer some great listener questions:

Is it possible that the reason for some of the Bible's conflicting details about Jesus as a child are a result of there being two kids named Jesus?

Was Luke a physician—and what did it even mean to be a physician in the time of the Bible?

2 Kings 3:21: A story in which the Israelites are kicking the butts of some pagans, until one of them offers up the supreme sacrifice of his own son—to call in his god to intervene—and... it works? Is that really in the Bible?!

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This week on The Human Bible we carefully examine a very important figure in the Bible—John the Baptist. What did his followers really think of Jesus? Did they welcome him, or reject him as the... anti-Christ?

In Apologetics is Never Having to Say You're Sorry, we learn about some more fascinating characters: Josephus, Eusebius, and others.

What doe the Bible say about life after death? Do righteous believers go straight to heaven, or is there a second judgement day coming later? What about Hell, and what is She'ol?

We also look at one of the, well, most awful things in the Bible: Numbers 31:13-18. Wherein Moses explains some rules of warfare and why some soldiers should kill all the women and boys they've captured, but should keep the virgin girls for themselves. What possible reason could there be for this to be found in the Bible?

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This week we get up to speed on another Jewish sect: the Essenes. Some think the Dead Sea Scrolls are a collection of their writings—but are they really?

We examine a prophecy in Isaiah 17 which suggests Damascus is going to be turned into a ruinous heap. The problem is that it... hasn't actually happened yet.

We answer some great (as always) listener questions: one about the Bible's thoughts on poisoning adulterous women ("And he shall cause the woman to drink the bitter water that causeth the curse..."), and one about what exactly the Bible means by "poor in spirit".

Finally, we look at a story in the Book of Judges about a guy called Jephthah. It involves his daughter being sacrificed—to be clear, that is, killed—as payment to God for helping Jephthah out.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:33am EDT

Lately we've been hearing a lot in the news about a recently discovered fragment of papyrus that says something about Jesus having a wife. What's to be made of that? Did he have a wife? Is the scrap of papyrus the real deal, and if so, is this huge news to biblical scholars?

We also get up to speed on an important and fascinating sect of Judaism: the Zealots. A segment not to be missed! Who were they? Was Judas Iscariot involved? You might know him as a betrayer of Jesus, but was he also a dagger wielding, contract-killing assassin? Turns out... maybe?

In this week's Apologetics is Never Having to Say You're Sorry, we examine some attempts to explain how differently Jesus is described in John and the Synoptic Gospels.

We answer some listener questions, including: What does the Bible really say about Satan? First he's a good guy helping God vet his potential followers, and then suddenly he's the embodiment of all evil? What happened?!

Finally, you're probably wondering "Does the Bible really suggest you should execute smart mouthed kids?" Oh, you weren't wondering that? Well, this week we answer it anyway.

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The Pharisees, the scribes, and the Sadducees—all names you're probably familiar with, but who the Sheol were they really? Tune in to this week's episode of The Human Bible and find out!

We also delve into several of the biggest biblical contradictions and the repercussions they have on some of the Bible's other big claims.

A close look is taken at John 18:10:

"Then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote the high priest's servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant's name was Malchus."

Why did Peter have a sword, and why didn't anyone care that he'd just cut someone's ear off?

Finally, we answer whether or not some descriptors commonly applied to God—like perfect, omniscient, and omnipresent—are actually given in the Bible.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:08pm EDT

This week on The Human Bible we get a little more up to speed on the Psalms-are they lyrics, poetry, or something else entirely? If they're lyrics, who was meant to sing them?!

We look into the truth, or lack of it, in an apologetic attempt to reconcile the confusing multiple genealogies of Jesus.

As always, we answer some great listener questions (Keep sending them in!): First, how do we know Jesus was a carpenter-is his resume hidden somewhere in Acts? Next, what did the Jefferson Bible (compiled by Thomas Jefferson) actually contain? What did he cut out and what did he leave in? And finally, how can you reconcile the two versions of the death of Judas in the Bible? Did he hang himself, or... explode?

Last, we ask, "Is That in the Bible?!" and look at the Bible's strange clarification that anyone who might say "Hallelujah, Jesus be damned!" is definitely not revealing true prophecy.

Special thanks to Robert, Keith, and Derek for the questions explored in today's episode!

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 5:10pm EDT

This week we first get up to speed on something very fundamental: Who was Jesus, according to orthodox belief?

We delve into the multiple—and conflicting—genealogies of Jesus in this episode's "Apologetics is Never Having to Say You're Sorry."

We answer some great listener questions, including: What does the Bible say about marriage? Does it really make a big deal about it being between one man and one woman? While we're at it, what does it have to say about polygamy? Unsurprisingly, the answers may surprise you.

Finally, what did Jesus himself have to say about being the messiah? Did he ever actually make that claim? Is that really in the Bible?!

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Among all the different versions, translations, and copies of the Bible, which one should you look to if you care about historical accuracy? This week's Human Bible answers that question.

We also look into a prophecy found in Revelation: The end is near! The end is near! Er, or is it? Some might argue that it depends on your definition of near, but it's been some 1900 years and we're still waiting. Listen in to find out what is actually going on here.

Of course this week we again answer a couple listener questions—one from an "escapee Jehovah's Witness" on the accuracy of the New World Translation (you might be surprised at the answer to this one), and one about possible polytheistic remains found in the Bible.

Finally, in this week's "Is That In the Bible?!" we again turn to Revelation and a story about 144,000 male virgins being redeemed by Christ (You know you want to hear the rest of that story.)

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This week in "Up to Speed" we delve into the Psalms and learn how to actually understand what they're talking about, and where the authors were coming from. We wonder why God changes his mind so much, considering he's unchanging and all that. We answer a few listener questions: one about Noah's fascinating great-granddad Enoch, and one about the 10 Commandments-where did they come from? And 10? Why 10? The answer is much more trivial (and amusing) than you'd think. And, because we have trouble going a week without doing so, we describe another monster found in the Bible—this time it's an armor plated dragon that breathes fire. Yes, really.

Special thanks to Tim, Ryan, and Peter for submitting questions used in today's episode. 

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This week on The Human Bible we do some more Biblical form criticism; this time taking a look at look at parables in the Bible. We follow up on last week's 'Audience Inquisition' question: "Have you ever heard someone 'quote' something from the Bible that isn't in the Bible? If so, what was it?" We got some great answers—one of which comes from Pulp Fiction.

We answer a couple great listener questions coming from both ex-Mormons and an ex-Jehovah’s Witness on the Sacrament and on the Bible’s thoughts on earthly, rather than heavenly, rewards.

And finally, on this week’s 'Is That in the Bible?!', we look at what the Bible actually says happened between Jesus and the two others was crucified with. Criminials, sure, but were they really such jerks to Jesus?

Special thanks to AC, AnotherOakMan, Jonee, and Asa for their questions and responses used in this week's episode!

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The long awaited Human Bible episode eight arrives! This week we look into some of the harsh lessons the Bible teaches, most involving some kind of horrible death. We introduce a new segment called "Audience Inquisition in which we ask you, dear listener, for some answers. This week we ask if you've ever heard someone ‘quote' something from the Bible that isn't actually in the Bible.

We also wonder where the heck the original writings that make up the Bible actually are. My first guess: the same mysterious place that entire bag of M&M's I dropped down the couch went. And, we inquire about the most distant places from Jerusalem that the Bible mentions.

And, most important of all, we break some news about the Bible and masturbation. It's good news, people. I mean, uh, it's probably good news for this one friend of mine.

Special thanks to Heather and Andrew for submitting the questioned discussed on this week's show.

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This week on The Human Bible we learn some more about Form Criticism and how the Bible tends to repeat itself over, and over, and over. We take an in-depth and critical look at what the Bible actually has to say about homosexuality—and it might surprise you. In this week's "Apologetics is Never Having to Say You're Sorry" we examine yet another argument by C.S Lewis. This time it involves stacks of books, cucumbers, and one big false analogy. Finally, we look into what the Bible says about the afterlife—a lot of very different (and conflicting) things, it turns out.

Special thanks to Tom and Irvi for the questions answered in this week's episode.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 3:18pm EDT

In today's episode, we learn about Biblical Form Criticism—what does scripture have in common with knock-knock jokes and superheroes anyway? We answer a question from the Human Bible Hotline about the Epic of Gilgamesh and whether or not the Bible took some serious notes from it.

We also take a look at yet another failed prophecy in Ezekiel, wonder if Yahweh was a volcano god, and read some verses in the Bible that many people would probably like to pretend aren't there.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:03pm EDT

This week on The Human Bible we get up to speed on how the Bible wound up split into chapters and verses. Spoiler: it definitely wasn't written that way.

A called from Minnesota asks about the nature of Hell—does the Bible say it's a fiery, demon-supervised pit of eternal torment, or something closer to just a big pile of garbage? We respond to apologists who suggest that the claims the Bible makes about Jesus must be true because if they weren't, someone totally would have called them on it. We answer a listener question about the word "elohim" as it appears in the Bible—space alien, God speaking of himself in the plural, or something else? To close out the episode we have a look at reincarnation and ask, "Is That in the Bible?!"

Special thanks to Sarah (or Sam?) from Minnesota, and Jean-Michel for the questions answered in today's episode.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:13pm EDT

Today on The Human Bible, we first talk about the pivotal Biblical character Marcion of Pontus and what he had to do with the formation of the New Testament. We read from and discuss one of the Bible's best erotic poems, the Song of Solomon. (Yes, you read that correctly.) In this week's Prophetic Scorecard, we wonder how Jesus managed to mess up that whole the world ending in his generation thing and what we can learn from it. And, we answer a listener question about the concept of grace and what the Bible really has to say about it.

Special thanks to Steven and Simon for the questions answered in today's episode.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 5:12pm EDT

Episode three of The Human Bible is here! Today, we get up to speed on the many names of God—can't he just pick one already? We answer questions on plagues and virgin births, wonder where C.S. Lewis came up with some of that stuff, and read into the verse that claims Paul took over for Jesus when he wasn't quite suffering enough—wait, what? Don't miss it!

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 5:13pm EDT

It's episode two of The Human Bible! In this episode, we answer listener questions about unicorns and dragons, learn about the Old Testament's sources, premiere a new segment called "Apologetics Is Never Having to Say You're Sorry," and ask whether or not the Bible thinks human sacrifice is A-ok!

Special thanks to Travis from Virginia, Buck Malone, and Iron Jack for the questions featured in today's episode. 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:25pm EDT

It's the first episode of The Human Bible! Join host Robert Price as he answers listener questions and devles into regular segments like "Prophetic Scorecard" and "Is That in the Bible?!"

We'll cover everything from the Q Source (including explaining what the heck that means) to that one time God wanted to kill Moses for having foreskin. It's not to be missed!

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