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An Everyperson's guide to a 150 years of research into the history presented in the Bible, for people of all faiths and backgrounds. I explore the religion of ancient Israel, the beginnings of Christianity, then finally the evolution of the heirs of Abraham to the year 200. I discuss every single book in every Bible (there are more than you think!). Lightly garnished with a dash of drollery, a soupcon of scrutiny, and not one ounce of objectivity. Not one ounce! Visit my website www.historyi ...
 
It’s dangerous to go alone! Take this: namely, the knowledge, expertise, and best practices of established VGM composers, arrangers, and content creators. Join Matt Kenyon, VGM geek extraordinaire, as he interviews some of the most creative creators and dives deep into their thought processes — and how we can all make better music!
 
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Our second guest of this season is Carmen Perry from the band Remember Sports. Remember Sports formed back in 2012, when Carmen and her bandmates were studying at college/university. Since then, they've released five albums, most recently Like a Stone, which came out last year. It was as a teenager that Carmen became an Elliott Smith fan. She disco…
 
The baby Moses story might be incredibly famous today, but it has somehow disappeared and reappeared in the time of the writing and compiling of the Bible. Follow the incredible story of how it all (probably) went down. To support the podcast: https://www.patreon.com/biblicalproportions Support our podcast on Patreon! See acast.com/privacy for priv…
 
In this bonus episode, Steve Guerra of the History of the Papacy podcast and I take a look at some of our favourite moments in the Old Testament or Tanakh. First, Steve wonders what the deal is with Melchizedek. Then Garry shows how a single verse about the patriarch Enoch spawned a whole literature. Back to Steve, who finds some surprising verses …
 
Our guest for the opening episode of season 5 of My Favourite Elliott Smith Song is Ruth Radelet. Ruth is a musician based in Portland, Oregon, who has recently started a solo career, after a long and successful stint with the band, Chromatics, a group she joined back in 2006. One of her first releases as a solo artist was, in fact, a cover of Twil…
 
Malachi writes in Persian times. The rebuilt Temple has not ushered in an ideal age, the governors of Yehuda are not Davidic, and the priests and people have lost their watchfulness about God’s coming. Malachi attacks this malaise. The priests are corrupt. The people are unfaithful. All must repent. Joel writes of locusts and famine. An ecological …
 
Malachi writes in Persian times. The rebuilt Temple has not ushered in an ideal age, the governors of Yehuda are not Davidic, and the priests and people have lost their watchfulness about God’s coming.Malachi attacks this malaise. The priests are corrupt. The people are unfaithful. All must repent.By Garry Stevens, Steve Guerra
 
The first chapter of Exodus contains three different stories written by three different people who lived at different times. Two of them were editors, and one was a very talented and funny writer. Support the podcast on https://www.patreon.com/biblicalproportions Support our podcast on Patreon! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out informat…
 
The origins of the rabbis, dated to the second century CE, are shrouded in fog, for reasons we do not understand. Why did the Jews cease writing histories after the year 100? Why do we have no histories from the Babylonian Jews. Where did the Mishnah, the foundational document of Rabbinic thought, dome from? I also discuss the evidence that histori…
 
As we launch the second season of this podcast, we take a look at what is most important for us to understand Exodus. This is a story about a crisis of leadership, a crisis of faith, and the harsh life until Nebuchadnezzar, the King of Babylon. Support the podcast https://www.patreon.com/biblicalproportions Support our podcast on Patreon! See acast…
 
Michaelangelo broke from tradition when he focused his paintings in the Pope's church on scenes from Genesis. Jesus was nowhere to be found. Idan Ben Simon joins Gil to explore the behind the scenes of one of the most famous artistic projects of all time. Support the podcast https://www.patreon.com/biblicalproportions Support our podcast on Patreon…
 
On the death of Herod the Great in 4 BCE, the Judean state was a prosperous, self-governed, and stable kingdom. It was Rome’s best buddy in the Levant, with territories extending beyond the Jordan and into Syria. Thriving Jewish communities could be found from Spain to Egypt. Over a span 70 years, the Judeans launched three insurrections against th…
 
Slava Ukraini! Can the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the solidarity exhibited by the Ukrainians defending themselves can help us better understand biblical stories?.Dan Libenson from the Judaism Unbound podcast (https://www.judaismunbound.com) joins Gil to discuss. Become a member of the podcast https://www.patreon.com/biblicalproportions Support…
 
What does Biblical Scholarship has to say about Baruch and Jeremiah authoring Genesis? Garry from The History in the Bible podcast (https://www.historyinthebible.com/) joins Gil to discuss. Become a member of the podcast https://www.patreon.com/biblicalproportions Support our podcast on Patreon! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out informa…
 
My second ep about the apostolic fathers, those who followed the disciples. Here I discuss the anonymous authors of the epistle of Barnabas, the gospel of Peter, and the Shepherd of Hermas. All of them were candidates for inclusion in the New Testament. We should be grateful that the virulent anti-Jewishness of the epistle of Barnabas never made it…
 
As Gil says goodbye to the book of Genesis and looks ahead to the next book, Exodus, it is already clear that there is a lot to learn from the radical differences between those two books. Support the podcast https://www.patreon.com/biblicalproportions Support our podcast on Patreon! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
In Gil's second summary episode of Genesis, there is a mountain of evidence to suggest that Jeremiah and his scribe Baruch Ben Neriah are the Biblical authors of the book of Genesis. Their personal lives and their relationship is part of the first Biblical book. Support the podcast https://www.patreon.com/biblicalproportions Support our podcast on …
 
By the year 70, all of the disciples save perhaps John, were dead. Their inheritors are traditionally known as the Apostolic fathers, although many scholars would object to that appellation. I explore the fathers in this and the next episode. In this show I present the very earliest: Bishop Clement of Rome, and the anonymous author of the Didache, …
 
How did the Assyrian dominance over the Ancient Near East put in motion a series of events that led to the writing of the stories of Genesis? Mass deportations, the Library of Ashurbanipal, the rise of scribes - all these lead to Genesis in Gil's first summary episode for the book. Support the podcast https://www.patreon.com/biblicalproportions Sup…
 
In this bonus episode, Gil Kidron and Rutger Vos graciously invite me on to their long-running show Pod Academy. This show is dedicated to applying a critical intellect to popular media, especially movies or TV series. In this bonus we discuss the 2014 movie Noah, staring Russell Crowe, Anthony Hopkins, Jennifer Connelly, and Emma Watson. With a sp…
 
Gil had a bad case of COVID and Omri will receive his firstborn baby boy any day now so he's on paternity leave, but we're not going anywhere and will go back to posting new episodes very soon. If you'd like to support our work, you can do so on https://www.patreon.com/biblicalproportions Support our podcast on Patreon! See acast.com/privacy for pr…
 
Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi are the three post-exilic prophets. In Jewish tradition, they are the last of the prophets. After them, prophecy ceased. Haggai is a pragmatic man relaying God’s words to the Jewish leadership. Although contemporary with Haggai, Zechariah is his polar opposite. Zechariah is off his nut, with the trippiest imagery outsi…
 
I'm joined by Steve Guerra as we continue our series on the twelve minor Old Testament prophets. Here we tackle Zephaniah and Habakkuk. Both are short. Zephaniah ranted during the last decades of the kingdom of Judea. Zephaniah is doom, doom, doom. Habakkuk tackles with a fundamental problem about God's goodness: why is God about to let the wicked …
 
In the conclusion of Genesis, emotions run high as the family forgives and forgets, celebrating the reconciliation between former feuding Hebrew factions escaping Israel after the destruction of Jerusalem. Gil and Omri discuss. Support the podcast on https://www.patreon.com/biblicalproportions Support our podcast on Patreon! See acast.com/privacy f…
 
It turns out that if you read the Samson story (Judges 13-16) in Hebrew with comedic glasses - you realize it is an outrageously funny Greek satire that parodies biblical heroes and tropes, most likely written by Alexandrian Hellenistic Hebrews around the 200s BCE as a Hebrew version of Greek satire. No joke. Gil and Omri discuss. Support the podca…
 
When reading Joseph's story in context and compiling the myriad Egyptian cultural appropriations and seamless incorporations of Egyptian motifs, it seems clear that this was written by and for an exiled Israelite elite that has been thoroughly and happily Egyptianized. Gil and Omri discuss. Support the podcast on https://www.patreon.com/biblicalpro…
 
I finish my discussion of Revelation, cheekily asking if the book implies that only gays will go to heaven. The Greek East only grudgingly accepted the book. The book sulked in the shadows of Christianity until the 19th century, incomprehensible and unwanted. British Protestants re-interpreted the book as the veriest key to the whole Bible. That ob…
 
Now that our biblical narrative movies to Ancient Egypt, we want to get acquainted with its history and culture, which includes divine comic books reels, incestuous deities, and the best branding ever created by humans. Gil and Omri discuss. Support the podcast on https://www.patreon.com/biblicalproportions Support our podcast on Patreon! See acast…
 
We're very happy to welcome Craig Thomas onto the podcast for the final episode of this season. Craig is a writer and producer perhaps best known as the co-creator of the comedy, How I Met Your Mother, but he's written lots of other things as well, including for David Letterman, American Dad and Oliver Beene. It was as a young writer living in New …
 
The final hero of the bible has an origin story that explains how he got to Egypt. Let's first focus on his humble beginnings, as a special boy who is oblivious to his surroundings while dreaming of magical megalomaniac prophecies. Gil and Omri discuss. Support the podcast on https://www.patreon.com/biblicalproportions Support our podcast on Patreo…
 
Alongside the Jerusalem Jesus clubs, the clubs founded by Paul and others, and the Thomasines, scholars believe there was a fourth primitive Christian community: the Johannines. This community produced the gospel of John, the letters attributed to John, and Revelation. They traced their foundation to John the Belove Disciple. I investigate this com…
 
We have arrived to an entirely new part of the book: a battle of narratives. Gone is the point of view of a single ancestor at a time, and gone is the pretense of unity, gravitas, and wholeness. In comes mean Biblical tweets about how horrible the ancestors really are. Gil and Omri discuss. Support our podcast on Patreon! See acast.com/privacy for …
 
Our guest today is the musician and podcaster, Hrishikesh Hirway. Hrishikesh is the creator of the excellent Song Exploder podcast - where musicians dissect their songs and discuss how they were made - which has recently been made into a TV show by Netflix. He's also involved in other popular podcasts including West Wing Weekly, Home Cooking and Pa…
 
Jacob has two wives and two concubines who produce the children who will grow up to be tribes. What made the stories of Jacob's four women so impactful that we still see the same archetypes in stories today? Gil and Omri dive in to find out. Support our podcast on Patreon! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
We believe there were four distinct early Christian communities: the gentile clubs of Paul, the Jewish clubs of Peter and James, the clubs who followed the writings of Thomas, and clubs attached to the disciple John. In this episode I tackle the first three. The letter to the Hebrews is the most vigorous exposition of Paul's views and denigration o…
 
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