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A Podcast of Biblical Proportions

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A Podcast of Biblical Proportions dives into ancient Hebrew history. Our time machine is the countless texts the ancient Hebrews wrote, including stories, historical accounts, songs, poems, prophecies, laws, rules, and regulations. Most of these texts can be found in the Hebrew Bible, aka the Old Testament or the Tanakh. This English-speaking podcast brings a new perspective to reading the Hebrew Bible — that of the person who wrote it, immersing ourselves in his world and perspective. We started with Genesis chapter 1, and have been proceeding in the order in which the texts appear in the Bible. Join Hebrew-speaking writer and editor Gil Kidron on a journey of biblical proportions into the lives of ordinary people living through extraordinary circumstances. Since Judaism and Christianity came out of their writings, the ended up laying the groundwork for so much of human culture.

Location:

Israel

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A Podcast of Biblical Proportions dives into ancient Hebrew history. Our time machine is the countless texts the ancient Hebrews wrote, including stories, historical accounts, songs, poems, prophecies, laws, rules, and regulations. Most of these texts can be found in the Hebrew Bible, aka the Old Testament or the Tanakh. This English-speaking podcast brings a new perspective to reading the Hebrew Bible — that of the person who wrote it, immersing ourselves in his world and perspective. We started with Genesis chapter 1, and have been proceeding in the order in which the texts appear in the Bible. Join Hebrew-speaking writer and editor Gil Kidron on a journey of biblical proportions into the lives of ordinary people living through extraordinary circumstances. Since Judaism and Christianity came out of their writings, the ended up laying the groundwork for so much of human culture.

Language:

English


Episodes

REPOSTING: 15 - Operation Sodom and Gomorrah

2/25/2024
This episode was posted three years, before we knew that the Sodom story was actually about the destruction of Jerusalem. And still, we nailed it anyway. Enjoy this prophetic/nostalgia/cringe episode! Join our tribe on Patreon! Check out these cool pages on the podcast's website: Home PageWho wrote the BibleAncient mapsThe podcast is written, edited and produced by Gil Kidron

Duration:00:50:28

Revisiting Genesis 5 - Sodom, part 1

2/18/2024
The second Genesis story about the destruction of Jerusalem is the story of Sodom and Gomorrah, evil cities that Yahweh had to destroy for their sins. Exactly what Yahweh told Jeremiah he would do to Jerusalem. But what does the story reveal about the destruction of Jerusalem? Click here to read more about the next course: six divine comedies from the books of Samuel. Join our tribe on Patreon! Check out these cool pages on the podcast's website: Home PageWho wrote the BibleAncient mapsThe podcast is written, edited and produced by Gil Kidron

Duration:01:15:05

Revisiting Genesis 4 - The Flood

2/4/2024
When we read the tale of Noah and the flood in its own context and in the original Hebrew, we meet an ancient sci-fi story with an incredible twist. To read Baruch's flood tale as it was written click here To download the Suffering Servant special click here Join our tribe on Patreon! Check out these cool pages on the podcast's website: Home PageWho wrote the BibleAncient mapsThe podcast is written, edited and produced by Gil Kidron

Duration:01:05:07

Collab: The History of Judges vs Priests

1/21/2024
The conflict between judges and priests is at the core of Hebrew history, and that of human civilization as a whole. And its started as a feud between herders and farmers. Evolutionary biologist Dr. Rutger Vos joins Gil to look at the BIG historical picture and how it connects to Hebrew history. Join our tribe on Patreon! Check out these cool pages on the podcast's website: Home PageWho wrote the BibleAncient mapsThe podcast is written, edited and produced by Gil Kidron

Duration:00:57:59

Revisiting Genesis 3 - Cain and Abel

1/7/2024
Where did the writer of the most famous murder story of the Bible get his inspiration? Probably from the second most famous murder in Bible, which he himself wrote. A tragic political assassination. Join our tribe on Patreon! Check out these cool pages on the podcast's website: Home PageWho wrote the BibleAncient mapsThe podcast is written, edited and produced by Gil Kidron

Duration:01:22:59

Collab: Looking for Political Jesus

12/17/2023
Garry Stevens from the History in the Bible podcast joins Gil to talk about the possible inspirations for the political stories of Jesus: the overthrowing of the corrupt temple priests, the betrayal by a friend and ally following a last supper and more. To join our tribe, click here. To get more details about our Suffering Servant course, click here. Join our tribe on Patreon! Check out these cool pages on the podcast's website: Home PageWho wrote the BibleAncient mapsThe podcast is written, edited and produced by Gil Kidron

Duration:00:40:56

Revisiting Genesis 2 - The Garden of Eden

12/10/2023
The story of the Garden of Eden is about two people who broke the law and have to stand trial in front of a God judge. What kind of people view their God as a judge? For more information about the Suffering Servant course, click here. To join the tribe, click here. Join our tribe on Patreon! Check out these cool pages on the podcast's website: Home PageWho wrote the BibleAncient mapsThe podcast is written, edited and produced by Gil Kidron

Duration:00:53:54

Revisiting Genesis 1 - Second Creation

12/3/2023
We are kicking off our Revisiting Genesis series with the second creation story and its big star - a God who lies. The God Yahweh lies to man that if he eats from the forbidden tree, he will die. What's that about? To join the tribe, click here. To find out more about the Suffering Servant course Garry Stevens and I are piloting, click here. Join our tribe on Patreon! Check out these cool pages on the podcast's website: Home PageWho wrote the BibleAncient mapsThe podcast is written, edited and produced by Gil Kidron

Duration:01:05:11

REPOSTING: 36 - The Biblical Authors of Genesis

11/26/2023
In anticipation for the Revisiting Genesis series, I am reposting the episode from February 2022 about Baruch and Jeremiah, whose Genesis stories we will be revisiting. Join our tribe on Patreon! Check out these cool pages on the podcast's website: Home PageWho wrote the BibleAncient mapsThe podcast is written, edited and produced by Gil Kidron

Duration:01:19:38

Collab: Hebrew Origins - Stories vs DNA and Archeology

11/19/2023
Archeology and DNA testing tell us that the Ancient Israelites were local Canaanites with Israelite culture, but the Hebrew Bible tells us that the Hebrews came from the outside and were not Canaanites. Bernie Maopolsky from the Fan of History podcast joins Gil to discuss new research and how it fits with the biblical narrative. To support the podcast, click here. For the article discussed in the episode, click here. Join our tribe on Patreon! Check out these cool pages on the podcast's website: Home PageWho wrote the BibleAncient mapsThe podcast is written, edited and produced by Gil Kidron

Duration:00:43:24

UPCOMING: New Course + Revisiting Genesis

11/12/2023
Happy and proud to anounce two new projects: a joint course with Garry Stevens from the History in the Bible podcast about the verses from the book of Isaiah called The Suffering Servant, and a new series of episodes going back to Genesis. To support the tribe come on over here. Join our tribe on Patreon! Check out these cool pages on the podcast's website: Home PageWho wrote the BibleAncient mapsThe podcast is written, edited and produced by Gil Kidron

Duration:00:22:11

Update: now what?

10/25/2023
Family update and thoughts about the future of the podcast. Come on over to our community on Patreon. Join our tribe on Patreon! Check out these cool pages on the podcast's website: Home PageWho wrote the BibleAncient mapsThe podcast is written, edited and produced by Gil Kidron

Duration:00:13:54

Update: we're sort of OK

10/15/2023
My family and I fled the war in Israel. To support my work in these most difficult of times, you can join our tribe here Join our tribe on Patreon! Check out these cool pages on the podcast's website: Home PageWho wrote the BibleAncient mapsThe podcast is written, edited and produced by Gil Kidron

Duration:00:24:42

Collab: The Dead Sea Scrolls (+ personal update)

9/3/2023
In this collaboration with Bernie Maopolski of the What's New In History podcast, we go over recent discoveries about the Dead Sea Scrolls and connect to 140 BCE. To join the tribe - click here. To watch how editors changed "Mikveh" and "Tsadok" without erasing any letter - click here. Join our tribe on Patreon! Check out these cool pages on the podcast's website: Home PageWho wrote the BibleAncient mapsThe podcast is written, edited and produced by Gil Kidron

Duration:01:00:33

65 - The Spring of Salvation

8/13/2023
On the seventh day of spring, 538 BCE, the Hebrews agreed on a covenant with Yahweh, with the spoils going to the priests. Salvation came at a price and reward. Click here to join the tribe! And click here for the updated list of biblical authors. Join our tribe on Patreon! Check out these cool pages on the podcast's website: Home PageWho wrote the BibleAncient mapsThe podcast is written, edited and produced by Gil Kidron

Duration:01:00:08

64 - The Spring of Kindness

7/30/2023
In the spring of 538, Cyrus King of Persia showed kindness to the inhabitants of the Persian empire and changed the world forever. Click here to join our tribe Join our tribe on Patreon! Check out these cool pages on the podcast's website: Home PageWho wrote the BibleAncient mapsThe podcast is written, edited and produced by Gil Kidron

Duration:01:03:26

63 - The Anti-Priestly Freedom Festival

7/16/2023
After going over the first layer of Passover, written by Hebrew priests in Persian times, in this episode, we'll go over the additions to Passover and how they're meant to oppress those very same Hebrew priests. Join the tribe! Join our tribe on Patreon! Check out these cool pages on the podcast's website: Home PageWho wrote the BibleAncient mapsThe podcast is written, edited and produced by Gil Kidron

Duration:01:04:16

62 - The Barley Chapati Festival

7/2/2023
The holiday of Passover appears in Exodus and includes two separate celebrations. In this episode, we'll focus on the original layer - a new year spring festival. A Mesopotamian new year spring festival celebrated since 4000 BCE. Join our tribe on Patreon! Check out these cool pages on the podcast's website: Home PageWho wrote the BibleAncient mapsThe podcast is written, edited and produced by Gil Kidron

Duration:01:05:50

61 - A Boy For A Boy

6/18/2023
We see the plague of the firstborn of Egypt as barbaric, but it is in fact a tragic and poetic tale imbued with elements from Greek tragedies. To join our tribe - click here. Join our tribe on Patreon! Check out these cool pages on the podcast's website: Home PageWho wrote the BibleAncient mapsThe podcast is written, edited and produced by Gil Kidron

Duration:00:57:13

60 - The Persian Remake

6/4/2023
Within the terrible ten plagues of Exodus lies a light-hearted Persian story. And all we need to do to see it is learn about Persian culture and its state religion, Zoroastrianism. Join our tribe! Join our tribe on Patreon! Check out these cool pages on the podcast's website: Home PageWho wrote the BibleAncient mapsThe podcast is written, edited and produced by Gil Kidron

Duration:01:10:12