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The Bible For Normal People

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The Bible for Normal People is hosted by Peter Enns and Jared Byas

The Bible for Normal People is hosted by Peter Enns and Jared Byas

Location:

United States

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The Bible for Normal People is hosted by Peter Enns and Jared Byas

Language:

English

Contact:

615-810-4844


Episodes

Episode 163: Tripp Fuller - Thinking About Jesus Today

4/19/2021
We brought in Tripp Fuller, host of the podcast Homebrewed Christianity, to share his perspective on the Jesus of history and the Christ of theology and its relevancy in our lives today. Show Notes → ( https://peteenns.com/episode-163-tripp-fuller-thinking-about-jesus-today/ ) Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-bible-for-normal-people/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

Duration:00:51:00

Episode 162: Jared & Sarah Byas - Parenting in a Faith Transition

4/12/2021
Wondering how Jared and his wife, Sarah, have navigated parenting amidst their transitions of faith? They cover what they tell their kids about Christianity, the Bible, and how their parenting is different because of it. Show Notes → ( https://peteenns.com/episode-162-parenting-in-a-faith-transition-feat-sarah-byas/ ) Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-bible-for-normal-people/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

Duration:00:40:49

Episode 161: Amanda Mbuvi - Finding Ourselves in the Stories of the Bible

4/5/2021
Why were the stories of the Bible written down? On this episode Amanda Mbuvi shares about how the Bible plays a role in identity formation and how that affects how we read it. Show Notes → ( https://peteenns.com/interview-with-amanda-mbuvi-finding-ourselves-in-the-stories-of-the-bible/ ) Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-bible-for-normal-people/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

Duration:00:46:21

Episode 160: Pete and Jared - The Risk of an "Errant" Bible

3/29/2021
Why is Bible inerrancy so hard for people to give up? Pete and Jared dive into some possible explanations and take a look at the history of the belief that the Bible is inerrant. Show Notes → ( https://peteenns.com/episode-160-the-risk-of-an-errant-bible/ ) Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-bible-for-normal-people/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

Duration:00:47:15

Episode 159: Richard Elliott Friedman - Who Wrote the Pentateuch?

3/22/2021
We love a good discussion on the formation of the Bible. Listen in as we talk to scholar Richard Elliott Friedman about the various texts that make up the Hebrew Bible, what clues we have to date them, and what makes the Bible a unique work of writings. Show Notes → ( https://peteenns.com/interview-with-richard-elliott-friedman-who-wrote-the-pentateuch/ ) Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-bible-for-normal-people/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

Duration:00:46:57

Episode 158: Maria Doerfler - Reading the Bible in Times of Crisis

3/15/2021
There’s many difficult stories the Bible but one people struggle with the most are those dealing with the death of children. On this episode, we are joined by Maria Doerfler who shares rich perspectives on the stories of Jephthah’s daughter, the sacrifice of Isaac, and how people throughout history have interpreted them. Show Notes → ( https://peteenns.com/interview-with-maria-doerfler-reading-the-bible-in-times-of-crisis/ ) Support this podcast at —...

Duration:00:47:29

Episode 157: Nadia Bolz-Weber - Being a Christian in the Messiness

3/8/2021
We had a great conversation with Nadia Bolz-Weber about what is compelling about Christianity, why we all need to stop trying so hard, and what in the world there is to be hopeful about. Show Notes → ( https://peteenns.com/interview-with-nadia-bolz-weber-being-a-christian-in-the-messiness/ ) Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-bible-for-normal-people/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

Duration:00:54:24

Episode 156: Pete and Jared - Your Questions About Prayer, Marriage, White Jesus, an Angry God, and a Murky Bible

3/1/2021
In this episode we are answering some of the most asked questions on our Ask Pete ( https://peteenns.com/ask-pete/ ) page. We get into a lot of topics like how other cultures interpret Jesus, how normal people can study the Bible on their own, and how we make meaning out of the Bible. Show Notes → ( https://peteenns.com/episode-156-your-questions-about-prayer-marriage-white-jesus-an-angry-god-and-a-murky-bible/ ) Support this podcast at —...

Duration:00:43:47

Episode 155: Sarah Bessey - Why Bother Praying?

2/22/2021
Praying can feel difficult during hard times and especially after a faith deconstruction. Sarah Bessey joins us on this episode of the podcast to talk about what inspired her to write a book on prayer and shares what has been helpful in her discovery of what it means to pray. Show Notes → ( https://peteenns.com/interview-with-sarah-bessey-why-bother-praying/ ) Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-bible-for-normal-people/donations Advertising Inquiries:...

Duration:00:41:34

Episode 154: Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Brettler - How Jews & Christians Read the Bible Differently

2/15/2021
It shouldn’t be a surprise to us now that people can read the same text and walk away with vastly different meanings. On this episode of the podcast, we’re talking with Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Brettler who share some reasons why Jews and Christians use and understand the Bible in different ways. Show Notes → ( https://peteenns.com/interview-with-amy-jill-levine-and-marc-brettler-how-jews-christians-read-the-bible-differently/ ) Support this podcast at —...

Duration:00:51:19

Episode 153: James Kugel - Shifting Perspectives on God in the Bible

2/8/2021
James Kugel is back on the podcast sharing about how people during the biblical period understood God and how their views changed overtime. How does their understanding of God influence our understandings today? Show Notes → ( https://peteenns.com/interview-with-james-kugel-shifting-perspectives-on-god-in-the-bible/ ) Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-bible-for-normal-people/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

Duration:00:53:43

Episode 152: Pete Enns - What Makes Christianity Different?

2/1/2021
We’re back with Season 5! On this episode, Pete shares what makes Christianity distinct for him. He discusses the beginning of the Jesus movement, explains how New Testament writers probably understood their faith, and how first century Christians made sense of Jesus’ crucifixion. Show Notes → ( https://peteenns.com/episode-152-what-makes-christianity-different/ ) Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-bible-for-normal-people/donations Advertising Inquiries:...

Duration:00:49:51

Episode 151: 2020 - Let's Not and Say We Did

12/14/2020
2020— What a year. We’re wrapping up the year and the fourth season of the podcast with a look back onto what we learned from this season and from the year as a whole. Show Notes → ( https://peteenns.com/episode-151-2020-lets-not-and-say-we-did/ ) Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-bible-for-normal-people/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

Duration:00:45:57

Episode 150: Christopher Rollston - Where Does Hebrew Come From?

12/7/2020
This episode features linguist and professor Christopher Rollston who helps us understand the importance of studying languages when it comes to dating and understanding the Bible. We talk about other ancient Near Eastern languages, biblical manuscripts, inscriptions, and more! Show Notes → ( https://peteenns.com/interview-with-christopher-rollston-where-does-hebrew-come-from/ ) Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-bible-for-normal-people/donations Advertising Inquiries:...

Duration:00:45:43

Episode 149: Dan Koch - The End Times & American Christian Culture

11/30/2020
Many of us have encountered a type of Christianity that preaches an impending rapture and a call to repent of our sins as soon as possible. But where did that interpretation of Christianity come from? On this episode we ask psychology doctoral student Dan Koch what he’s learned from studying the movement and the history behind it. Show Notes → ( https://peteenns.com/interview-with-dan-koch-the-end-times-american-christian-culture/ ) Support this podcast at —...

Duration:00:48:55

Episode 148: Pete Enns - Adam, Evangelicalism, & the Metanarrative of Evolution

11/23/2020
How has theology developed alongside the findings of science? On this episode, Pete is sharing his reflections on what quantum physics and the theory of evolution tell us about the Bible and how we should interpret it light of scientific findings. Show Notes → ( https://peteenns.com/episode-148-adam-evangelicalism-the-metanarrative-of-evolution/ ) Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-bible-for-normal-people/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

Duration:00:42:23

Episode 147: Benjamin D. Sommer - Does God Have a Body?

11/16/2020
Benjamin D. Sommer is back on the podcast telling us all about his work on a biblical understanding of God’s body. He takes us through the history of thought on God’s body, the material God’s body is made out of, what God looks like, and how the Trinity actually has a lot of continuity with texts of the Hebrew Bible. Show Notes → ( https://peteenns.com/interview-with-benjamin-d-sommer-does-god-have-a-body/ ) Support this podcast at —...

Duration:01:01:59

Episode 146: Jared Byas - Rediscovering Jonah - Part 3

11/9/2020
Jared has been breaking down Jonah for us on his solo episodes this year and this is his last segment! He delves into what the over all message of Jonah is, what questions it leaves us with, and what it teaches us about the questions of ancient Israelites. Show Notes → ( https://peteenns.com/episode-146-rediscovering-jonah-part-3/ ) Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-bible-for-normal-people/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

Duration:00:37:03

Episode 145: Emilie Townes - The Wisdom of Hope

11/2/2020
We invited Emilie Townes on the podcast to talk about womanist ethics but our conversation morphed into so much more. We touched on the role of the Bible in ethics, the relevance of the Bible in our lives today, and why it is important to chose hope. Show Notes → ( https://peteenns.com/interview-with-emilie-townes-the-wisdom-of-hope/ ) Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-bible-for-normal-people/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

Duration:00:41:43

Episode 144: Austen Hartke - The Bible & the Lives of Transgender Christians (REISSUE)

10/26/2020
In this reissued episode, Pete and Jared sit down with Austen Hartke to discuss what the Bible has to say about transgender people. They get into unexamined Bible passages, mysterious Hebrew words, and how to make your church a welcoming space for people with gender identities outside of the binary. Show Notes → ( https://peteenns.com/interview-with-austen-hartke-the-bible-the-lives-of-transgender-christians-reissue/ ) Support this podcast at —...

Duration:00:44:21