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119 minutes | Sep 24, 2022
25 - Cover to Cover
It's been over three and a half years since the beginning of Bible Curious, since I started documenting my journey into the Holy Bible and into God's word. Those of you who have been listening, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for coming along with me and bearing witness as the Holy Spirit reveals secrets buried in plain sight for thousands of years. However, this process is slow. It's time to shift gears, so that we can cover more ground, faster. What we need is to gain a "whole picture" view of the Bible, so that we can understand who is God, what is His agenda, and what does He expect from us in this lifetime.
59 minutes | Nov 7, 2021
24 - Covenant
In Genesis chapter 15, God makes a covenant with Abraham, even going so far as "signing the dotted line" in ancient terms. In this episode, we examine the terms and context of this contract, including reading some of the fine print concealed behind numeric gematria encodings.
97 minutes | May 10, 2021
23 - War of the Kings
The fourteenth chapter of Genesis gives a historical account of a conflict known as the War of the Nine Kings, in which four kings from Mesopotamia to the east march into the promised land with their armies to punish the Canaanites for not paying their taxes. Abraham's nephew Lot is taken captive during this exchange, prompting Abraham to muster soldiers of his own to rescue his wayward nephew. Afterwards, Abraham is greeted by Melchizidek, a mysterious priest who commemorates Abraham's victory with a feast of bread and wine.
74 minutes | Aug 2, 2020
22 - Dust of the Earth
As Abram and Lot's fortunes grow, they find themselves in competition over the best grazing land. To ease this tension, Abram makes the surprising decision to surrender the best available land over to his nephew, while keeping the remainder for himself. In doing so, Abram begins to exercise his new-found faith. What exactly does it mean to be the recipient of God's promise? And how far into the future does the fulfillment of such a promise extend?
72 minutes | May 30, 2020
21 - The Calling of Abraham
Yahweh's calling of Abraham is a pivotal moment in the narrative of Genesis. Modern people know Abraham best for the harrowing account where God asks him to sacrifice his own son Isaac as a burnt offering, and Abraham actually obeys, only to be stopped by an angel at the last moment and told to sacrifice a wild ram instead. This astonishing act of total submission to God's will is held up by Christians, Jews and Muslims alike as a model of perfect faith and obedience, while at the same time being used by critics as evidence that the God of the Bible is a sadistic tyrant. What exactly is this "faith" so often spoken about in reference to God and the Bible?
81 minutes | May 17, 2020
20 - Dong and Johnson (pt 2)
In this episode, Nathan, Dong and I finish the conversation we started previously. We talk about the moral implications of being human. Are we indeed beings of free will, or are we simply biological machines, acting upon impulses buried too deep in our subconscious for us to ever fully understand? What about Church? Does organized religion help us to achieve our moral obligation? Who are you, really? Who am I? Is it possible to make real contact with a personal God, or is all of this just delusional wishful thinking?
83 minutes | May 4, 2020
19 - Dong and Johnson (pt 1)
Before diving back into Genesis and the story of Abraham the Patriarch, I want to share a recent conversation I had with a Christian Chinese American named Dong, introduced to me by my good friend Nathan Johnson, whom I have known since my college years at UCLA. Dong grew up with an as an athiest in communist China but found in the Christian lifestyle a practical way to bring harmony to his family, regardless of his personal beliefs. In the following conversation, Dong shares his experience transitioning from atheism to Christianity, a journey also driven by curiosity and a search for truth. The three of us also take some time to reflect upon the first season of Bible Curious, and to take a look at some of its unanswered questions.
128 minutes | Apr 12, 2019
18 - The Tower of Babel
The Tower of Babel is one of those strange legends which sounds utterly preposterous on the face of it, but serves as a neat explanation for a real, observable phenomenon: in this case, the proliferation of languages and cultures found across the Middle-East. This legend also casts God in the role of a spoiler, who just can't seem to leave us humans alone to make our own way on this planet.
97 minutes | Apr 5, 2019
17 - Table of Nations
The genealogy chart given in the tenth chapter of Genesis, popularly known as "The Table of Nations," is important because it is the first chapter which firmly places the Bible on a historical footing, since many of the names contained within it can be directly correlated with ancient cities and tribes known to historians today.
67 minutes | Mar 29, 2019
16 - The Rainbow Covenant
After the Great Flood, the eight surviving descendents of Adam and Eve along with God had the challenge of setting new terms for the human civilizations which would subsequently bloom from this family. These terms would take the form of a covenant, or contract, between God and the survivors of the flood.
82 minutes | Mar 22, 2019
15 - The Great Flood
The Great Flood was a catastrophic storm engineered to wipe out all life on earth, and if you take the Bible at its word, was large enough to cover even the highest mountains of the land. This narrative, like the account of the six days of creation, is often used by skeptics as evidence that the Bible could not possibly be historical or factual.
54 minutes | Mar 15, 2019
14 - Noah's Ark
The famous tale of Noah, who built an ark to save humanity from a world-wide flood, is one of the best-known stories in the Old Testament. While geological and archeological evidence has categorically disproven that the earth was ever completely submerged by a single body of water within the last ten thousand years, it is not unreasonable to believe that a flood may have occurred which was large enough to convince a single family of eight people that everyone in the world had perished.
74 minutes | Mar 8, 2019
13 - Generations of Adam
Today we will examine a genealogy table known as the Generations of Adam, which the Book of Genesis places immedately after the genealogical history of Cain.
59 minutes | Mar 1, 2019
12 - Cain and Abel
Now that Mankind has been expelled from Paradise, we witness the original sin of disobedience evolve into a much more serious crime: murder.
83 minutes | Feb 22, 2019
11 - Original Sin
One of the most controversial doctrines coming out of the Biblical tradition is the notion of "original sin." This is the idea that mankind in its natural, unmodified state is somehow deficient, and requires the guidance of a superior intelligence in order to achieve redemption.
80 minutes | Feb 15, 2019
10 - The Garden of Eden
Studying the Holy Bible is not easy. As soon as you turn the first page, you will be slapped in the face with contradictions. When Moses wrote the Book of Genesis in 1,500 BC, he was describing events which took place as many as twenty-five centuries before he was even born. Where did these stories come from? What sources did Moses rely upon when he wrote these stories down? And why is it so confusing and self-contradictory?
60 minutes | Feb 8, 2019
9 - Six Days of Creation (part 2)
Today we pick up after the end of the second day, which found God or Elohim lost at sea in the midst of a raging storm. After rescuing himself from drowning by finding light and therefore breath above the surface of the water, Elohim began to define his universe by separating that which is above from that which is below, and recognizing the sky or Heaven as the source of breath and therefore life.
58 minutes | Feb 1, 2019
8 - Six Days of Creation (part 1)
In the Book of Genesis, Moses makes the outrageous claim that God created the heavens and the earth in six days. OK, I'll bite. IF there is such a thing as God, and IF God did in fact create Heaven and Earth, why in the world would anyone claim that it took only six days to do? And why on earth would he take the additional step of DATING the creation to 4000 B.C.? Why would anyone paint himself into a corner like that? Aren't you just a little bit #BibleCurious?
26 minutes | Jan 25, 2019
7 - Sermon on the Mount (part 3)
In this third and final passage from the Sermon on the Mount which represents the conclusion of this initiatory discourse, Jesus introduces some of the sacred mysteries, using parables, riddles and "dark sayings" containing multilayered meanings to put his disciples on the correct path toward enlightenment.
25 minutes | Jan 18, 2019
6 - Sermon on the Mount (part 2)
In this next segment of the Sermon on the Mount, taken from the Gospel According to Matthew, Jesus gives commandments for worship. By following these simple instructions, anyone can establish and maintain a working relationship with the Father. As you listen to the following passage, notice the utter simplicity of Jesus' doctrine.
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