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Bringing you engaging conversations on Bible and theology.




Carmen Imes – Why Sinai Still Matters

Episode: Carmen Imes has been on a podcast tour, and we’re thrilled that she joined us for this episode to discuss her book Bearing God’s Name: Why Sinai Still Matters. We […]

Jaco Gericke – A Philosophical Theology of the Old Testament

How should we read the Old Testament? Is there only one valid interpretation or a plurality of interpretations? If the latter, then how do we maintain intellectual humility and find valid methods for addressing the texts of Scripture? For a first-ever joint episode with the Center for Hebraic Thought, Dru talks to Dr. Jaco Gericke of North-West University, South Africa about his journey to philosophical theology, and some of his current research, particularly his recent book, A Philosophical...


Brant Pitre & Michael Barber – Paul, a New Covenant Jew

Who was Paul? How might we understand him as a Jew? What type of Jew was he? How do our answers impact our interpretation of Paul’s theology of justification, Christology, the death of Christ, and more besides? In this episode, Matthew Bates and Chris Tilling talk to two of the co-authors of the new book, Paul, a New Covenant Jew: Rethinking Pauline Theology, by Brant Pitre, Michael P. Barber and John A. Kincaid (Eerdmans, 2019). After presenting a case for thinking about Paul as a new...


Joshua Farris – Theological Anthropology

Episode: What am I? Why am I here? Why do I exist? In this episode, co-host Amy Hughes talks to Joshua R. Farris about the existential crisis-inducing subject of theological anthropology. Farris has written […]


Erin Heim with Dru Johnson – Resurrection and the #MeToo Movement (Part 1)

Episode: Erin Heim and Dru Johnson discuss Erin’s paper “Resurrection and the #MeToo Movement,” which is part of a larger project that Erin is working on as she wrestles theologically […]


Christopher Hays – Isaiah and Assyria

Christopher B. Hays sits down with Matt Lynch to discuss one of the most important and hotly contested sections of Isaiah. Among the only Old Testament texts to mention resurrection from the dead, Isaiah 24-27 have long perplexed and intrigued biblical scholars. In this episode, we talk all things Isaiah, corn whisky, colonizing Mars, and other important subjects related to Chris' recent book "The Origins of Isaiah 24-27."


Lincoln Harvey – Theology of Robert Jenson

Episode: In this episode we discuss Lincoln Harvey’s thrilling guide to the work of Robert W. Jenson (1930-2017). Jenson, arguably America’s most important theologian, is so because he thinks Jesus of Nazareth is always and for ever one of the Trinity. “Mary’s boy and Pilate’s victim” is the Father’s eternal Son, so there has never been an unfleshed Word. It follows from this that the God of the Gospel is much stranger than we imagine. Harvey’s book presents an astonishingly lucid and...


Sandra Richter – Stewards of Eden

Episode: Environmental lawyer Gus Speth said, “I used to think that the top environmental problems were biodiversity loss, ecosystem collapse, and climate change. I thought that thirty years of good science […]


Nyasha Junior – Reimagining Hagar: Blackness and the Bible

Episode: Nyasha Junior is back on the show to discuss her new book Reimagining Hagar: Blackness and the Bible. Matt Lynch hosts a discussion on race, ethnicity, and color in biblical […]


Christian Hofreiter – Making Sense of Old Testament Genocide

Episode: In this re-run of a 2018 episode, Matt Lynch interviews Christian Hofreiter (RZIM) on one of the most vexed issues in biblical studies … genocide in the Old Testament. […]


Fleming Rutledge – A Fireside Chat on The Crucifixion, Advent, and Preaching

Episode: In this episode, Erin hosts Fleming Rutledge for a fireside chat before a live audience at Wycliffe Hall, University of Oxford. Listen as Fleming shares pearls of wisdom from her […]


Ervine Sheblatzm – Feathers on the Nose: Paul’s Radical Pastoral Theology for the Non-Anthropic World

Episode: Triple-crown episode!! Sheblatzm is back for the 3rd time, and he’s not holding back. This episode will revolutionalize the way you think about theology, science, and yourself. But it’s not […]


(Theology) Ian McFarland – The Word Made Flesh

Episode: Has the Chalcedonian Definition stood the test of time and theological challenge? Ian McFarland thinks so and advocates for a “Chalcedonianism without reserve” in his newest book, The Word Made […]


Wave Nunnally – Israel, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and the Dead Sea Scrolls

This episode takes you on a wild ride through the land of the Bible, the world of Josephus, into the ER after crashed planes, by the Dead Sea, and includes encounters with Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZ Top, and a fire-breathing dragon. Brace yourself!


Jeanette Hagen Pifer – Faith as Participation

Episode: In this third episode of a mini-series on "faith" (pistis), Jeanette Hagen Pifer brings a different method to bear on pistis, looking at what we might glean from wider conceptual categories related to "faith," like persuasion and boasting. And she was a missionary in the former Soviet Union before becoming a professor! Join her and OnScript co-host Matthew W. Bates, as they discuss Jeanette's new book, Faith as Participation.


Nijay Gupta – Paul and the Language of Faith

Episode: After years of relative silence, conversations about “faith” (pistis) in the New Testament and early Christianity are suddenly blossoming. Pistis is essential. But because it’s multifaceted and can be […]


James Diamond – Jewish Theology Unbound

Episode: Dru Johnson talks with Jim Diamond about his long term project of thinking theologically with the biblical authors. Through close readings of key biblical texts and Jewish sages, Diamond […]


Daniel Pioske – How Did Biblical Writers Access The Past?

Episode: In this episode Matt Lynch sits down with Dan Pioske to talk about the way we know about ancient Israel. Most scholars have been so text-based in their assumptions about […]


David Downs & Benjamin Lappenga – The Faithfulness of the Risen Christ

Podcast interview of David J. Downs and Benjamin J. Lappenga by Matthew W. Bates and Erin Heim.


Cynthia Shafer-Elliott – Digging Up Israel’s Past

Episode: We’re going back to the dirt in this episode with Cynthia Shafer-Elliott. We talk about bee hives, the Daniel diet, Ezekiel bread, gender & archaeology, and why Cynthia is willing […]