According to Genesis 19, Lot had two daughters who are never named and who got up to some shenanigans after the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. This is their story — and the story of how they made names for themselves.
Based on an incident mentioned in 1 Kings 18, this episode tells the story of a principled but conflicted man named Obadiah and what he did in response to a changing religious landscape in ninth-century (BCE) Israel. #Jezahab!
Based on 1 Samuel 25, this is the story of a couple, Nabal and Abigail, who had an unfortunate run-in with a minor bandit running a protection racket — a man who would eventually be known as the great King David!
This episode is a remarkable story about how part of the Bible came to be written, hidden and then found at a most convenient moment. Is it inspiration or crass self-serving treason? Or both?? Based on the story told in 2 Kings 22:1-20.
Based on the story told in the Gospel of Mark 5:1-19, this is a retelling of the time when Jesus encountered a man who was considered to be possessed by many demons. It explores how we, as modern people, might interpret those demons a bit differently. Show notes at Retellingthebible.wordpress.com.
This special edition of Retelling the Bible After Dark is based on the story told in the Book of Ruth. We tend to tone it down when we read the story, but I have tried to let all of the innuendo and sexuality shine through in this telling. Listener discretion is advised.
This is a retelling of the strange story that appears in Exodus 4:24–26. How are we supposed to understand this story in which God attacks and tries to kill Moses because he has not circumcised his son? Zipporah gets to save the day too!
Based on the account in 1 Kings 13, this is the story of the incident at Bethel as told from the other side — from the people of view of the people who would have worshipped at Bethel and who disagreed with the prophet who came to denounce that sanctuary.
This is a quick introduction to the new season of “Retelling the Bible” just to let you know what will be different about how I am going to tell the stories this time. Follow the blog at retellingthebible.wordpress.com.
In this, the final episode, our storyteller, W. Scott McAndless offers a new picture of Mary and Joseph walking down the road to Bethlehem given some new possibilities for understanding the journey that we have discovered in the first season of the podcast. Merry Christmas everyone!
As Mary catches some sleep, lying on the ground near the manger, Joseph ponders many things. He wonders about the strange report he heard from some shepherds earlier this evening and the meaning of the birth of his son and of the name that both he and Mary have chosen to give to him.
The announcement of a Year of Jubilee comes to the small village of Nazareth. All males are called to return to their ancestral homes. Many of the villagers seem doubtful when they hear where this proclamation is coming from, but one young carpenter and his intended wife feel a stirring in their hearts.
Judas the Galilean and his Pharisee friend Zadok lay their plans for resistance against Roman power in Galilee and Judea at the time of the census - yes, the same census during which the Gospel of Luke says that Jesus was born. How will these two great stories interact?
After their long and difficult journey, Mary and Joseph finally arrive in Bethlehem and seek shelter even as Mary approaches her time to deliver. They are seeking hospitality in a very particular place - just not necessarily at the particular place we have long assumed.
A stranger comes to the village of Nazareth in this retelling of the Christmas Story (specifically the story of the Annunciation) that will help you understand both the historical context of Luke’s nativity story and the use he is making of Old Testament imagery and ideas.
Mary and Joseph are traveling toward their goal in Bethlehem when they come into a region — the region between Galilee and Samaria — that highlights the volatile political times in which they are living. This episode will help you to understand the historical circumstances in which the Gospel of Luke describes the birth of Jesus taking place.