Wed, 10 April 2013
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?!
Tue, 5 March 2013
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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?
Fri, 1 February 2013
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.
Wed, 23 January 2013
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!
Fri, 11 January 2013
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.
Sat, 22 December 2012
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!
Fri, 30 November 2012
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?"
Sun, 18 November 2012
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?!
Thu, 1 November 2012
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?
Wed, 10 October 2012
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.