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Biblical scholar, atheist, and former Baptist pastor, Dr. Robert M. Price will deconstruct and demystify this foundational book, all from a rational, secular, and non-ideological perspective - and all with a good dose of humor. For fans of history, religious studies, or literature (or of charismatic professorial types) The Human Bible is a trove of entertainment and enlightenment.

Biblical scholar, atheist, and former Baptist pastor, Dr. Robert M. Price will deconstruct and demystify this foundational book, all from a rational, secular, and non-ideological perspective - and all with a good dose of humor. For fans of history, religious studies, or literature (or of charismatic professorial types) The Human Bible is a trove of entertainment and enlightenment.
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Amherst, NY

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Biblical scholar, atheist, and former Baptist pastor, Dr. Robert M. Price will deconstruct and demystify this foundational book, all from a rational, secular, and non-ideological perspective - and all with a good dose of humor. For fans of history, religious studies, or literature (or of charismatic professorial types) The Human Bible is a trove of entertainment and enlightenment.

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Episode 035

10/8/2014
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In this, the penultimate Human Bible show, hosted by the Center for Inquiry, Dr. Price examines whether or not the Book of Revelation was based on real visions and were there two Gerasene Demoniacs or only one, vis. Mark 5:2 and Luke 8:27 versus Matthew 8:28? What exactly does the word "lord" mean? Does it imply happy submissiveness to the all-powerful, or is it just rubbing my modern independent spirit the wrong way? Finally, does 1 Timothy 2:11-15 say that women are to be saved via...

Duration: 00:53:37


Episode 034

7/2/2014
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Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to interpret the book of Revelation, in episode 34 of The Human Bible with Dr. Robert M. Price. Then, did Peter personally air his dirty laundry through the Gospel of Mark, as apologists claim? Listeners ask about Genesis 9:13's rainbow on the gun rack of God's pickup truck, while the good Doctor himself asks is Francis the Talking Mule in the Old Testament? Another questioner returns us to ponder what the central meaning of Revelation...

Duration: 00:50:58


Episode 033

5/8/2014
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Check your prophetic scorecard and track how many years Adam's got left, while pondering whether fashion statements are in the Bible. Get up to speed on 1st century Judaism's idea of blasphemy and stumble with apologists over the question of universal salvation. Join Dr. Price as he disposes of listener questions on missing trees in the garden of Eden, Adam's first wife, and much more! This episode of The Human Bible is brought to you by Harry's shaving kits. Please visit harrys.com and...

Duration: 00:53:10


Episode 032

3/17/2014
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The Human Bible episode 32 begins by elaborating on "realized eschatology," continued from episode 31, and it only gets better. Join Dr. Robert M. Price as he sticks up for the Bible's insistence on four-legged bugs. Find out the answer to the question did Paul ascend to a heavenly Jerusalem, or was he just describing a road trip? Who got to keep Moses' body, Michael or ... SATAN? Who owns the "logos" concept of John 1, Judaism or Hellenism? Finally, is Paul predicting the end of days...

Duration: 01:05:27


Episode 031

2/19/2014
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Ever wonder why some stories appear in two or three gospels, but in very different forms? Why the changes in wording, and what significance do these changes have? Robert Price explains how through “redaction criticism” we can explain some of these differences and understand their significance. For example, the author of the gospel of Luke redacted or edited the source material he used, some of it also found in Mark. Luke shaped the source material so his gospel narrative would make the...

Duration: 01:04:01


Episode 030

12/19/2013
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We start the episode getting up to speed on a basic idea: Does the New Testament say that Jesus is God? Next: a look at some of the classic examples of excuse-making in the Bible, also known as the convenient-but-confusing “Doctrine of Progressive Revelation.” Have you ever stopped to think about where Christians think Satan came from? The answer isn’t as simple as you’d think. (This is the Bible, after all…) Lastly, does the Bible support the idea that Jesus wants a personal relationship...

Duration: 00:50:05


Episode 029

12/12/2013
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First off, we get up to speed with the Book of Job. Exactly what are we supposed to learn from this story? When bad things happen to good people, are they just being tested? Or are they being punished? Or is it just about suffering as a great learning opportunity? And while we’re at it, what does all this say about who determines our destiny? Mixed messages result from multiple authors with multiple agendas. Next, Bob tackles some fantastic audience questions: · The Book of Mormon has a...

Duration: 00:54:09


Episode 028

9/23/2013
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What exactly is the idea behind "love your enemy as yourself"? Bob shows us it's more complicated than you might think: It might be that you're supposed to love your enemy because you're hoping God will be the one to dole out punishment to the wicked (far more severely than you could). Or maybe loving your enemy will, as Bob says, "make your enemy feel like a jerk," thereby psychologically heaping fiery coals on his head. Also, is it really St. Peter's job to decide who does and does not...

Duration: 00:44:57


Episode 027

8/30/2013
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The Human Bible returns for ten more episodes, kicking things off with a question that, if answered, could have literally cosmic implications: Did Ezekiel encounter alien spaceships? It's a more compelling question than you think. Also, Bob wonders if "did the historical Jesus actually exist?" is the wrong question, but rather, "which one?" The pacifist? The cynic sage? The violent revolutionary? The apocalyptic prophet? All this in much more in the latest edition of The Human Bible!

Duration: 00:49:31


Episode 026

4/18/2013
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This week we finally answer the big question on everyone's mind: Was Jesus a shape-shifter, YES OR NO? Also, what exactly is a concubine, in biblical terms? We answer some great listener questions: What in the world is going on in Matthew 27:51-53 where the author talks about the earth shaking, tombs breaking open, and bodies raising from the dead and appearing to people? What does the Bible have to say about why continual worship and adoration of God is such a big deal? And finally,...

Duration: 00:17:19


Episode 025

4/10/2013
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As the ancient proverb says, you can't tell the Herods apart without a scorecard. We get up to speed this week on all the different Herods mentioned in the Bible. It's pretty well known that the Bible can be, to put it mildly, especially unkind to women. This week we take a brief look at one interesting response to that: biblical feminism. We answer some great listener questions: Who was Nimrod, did he really hunt dinosaurs, and what does Bugs Bunny have to do with it? We seem to know when...

Duration: 00:20:35


Episode 023

2/1/2013
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This week on The Human Bible we get up to speed on the Torah. What sort of laws does it contain, and who enforces them? Some critics of the gospels claim that they were written by people playing, basically, a big game of telephone—how do apologists respond? We answer some listener questions: did Moses part the Red Sea, or just catch it at low tide? Singular vs plural in Genesis—is it the story of creation by one god, or many? Finally, we look at the claim that "God helps those who help...

Duration: 00:15:37


Episode 022

1/23/2013
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This week on The Human Bible, we ask: to whom was the Bible written? Is it meant to be read by anyone that happens to pick it up, or did its authors have a more specific audience in mind? We take a look at "the day the earth stood still!" The Bible says God lengthened a day for Joshua so he could win a battle—urban legend, or confirmed by science?! As always we answer some great listener questions: Where do Catholic rituals come from, and can you find reference to them in the Bible? While...

Duration: 00:16:04


Episode 021

1/11/2013
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This week on The Human Bible, we first get Up to Speed by answering some questions: What is the difference between Isreal and Judah? Between Israelite and Jew? And does Jew mean the same thing as Judean? We flip things around for this week's Apologetics is Never Having to Say You're Sorry: we pick out something from the Bible that is often called a contradiction—and understandably so—but suggest that it is, in fact, not. As always, we explore some questions from listeners: Are there...

Duration: 00:24:06


Episode 020: Christmas Special

12/22/2012
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This week, first thing's first: is your humble host actually Santa Claus? Listen and find out! We get up to speed on the predicted coming of Jesus and the nature of prophecy. When was Jesus born? Was it during the reign of Harod the Great, or a couple years after Harod died, during the course of a census? The Bible seems to think... both times. But, well, which is it? Who were the Magi—or, the "Three Wise Men"? Kings, astrologers, or something else? Finally, the Bible speaks of going into...

Duration: 00:19:21


Episode 019

11/30/2012
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This week on The Human Bible we explain some of the differences between an historian and an apologist. How do historians decide if a story comes from mythology or from reality? A well known story in the Bible involves a mustard seed—in particular, it claims that they’re the smallest of all seeds. What’s the problem with that? Well, they are not, in fact, the smallest of all seeds. We gain some insight into how some apologists deal with that discrepancy. We answer some great, as always,...

Duration: 00:20:04


Episode 017

11/1/2012
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This week on The Human Bible we carefully examine a very important figure in the Bible—John the Baptist. What did his followers really think of Jesus? Did they welcome him, or reject him as the... anti-Christ? In Apologetics is Never Having to Say You're Sorry, we learn about some more fascinating characters: Josephus, Eusebius, and others. What doe the Bible say about life after death? Do righteous believers go straight to heaven, or is there a second judgement day coming later? What...

Duration: 00:24:49


Episode 016

10/10/2012
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This week we get up to speed on another Jewish sect: the Essenes. Some think the Dead Sea Scrolls are a collection of their writings—but are they really? We examine a prophecy in Isaiah 17 which suggests Damascus is going to be turned into a ruinous heap. The problem is that it... hasn't actually happened yet. We answer some great (as always) listener questions: one about the Bible's thoughts on poisoning adulterous women ("And he shall cause the woman to drink the bitter water that...

Duration: 00:20:30


Episode 014

9/18/2012
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The Pharisees, the scribes, and the Sadducees—all names you're probably familiar with, but who the Sheol were they really? Tune in to this week's episode of The Human Bible and find out! We also delve into several of the biggest biblical contradictions and the repercussions they have on some of the Bible's other big claims. A close look is taken at John 18:10: "Then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote the high priest's servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant's name was...

Duration: 00:35:45


Episode 013

8/29/2012
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This week on The Human Bible we get a little more up to speed on the Psalms-are they lyrics, poetry, or something else entirely? If they're lyrics, who was meant to sing them?! We look into the truth, or lack of it, in an apologetic attempt to reconcile the confusing multiple genealogies of Jesus. As always, we answer some great listener questions (Keep sending them in!): First, how do we know Jesus was a carpenter-is his resume hidden somewhere in Acts? Next, what did the Jefferson...
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