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Books of Kings
86 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
23- Is it Peace?
In 841 BC, a single flask of oil set the entire Levant on fire. Ian and Caleb narrate the dramatic beginning of the Jehuide Revolution, reflect on Jezebel’s legacy, and discuss how old Jezebel was when she died. Music by Kevin MacLeod.
64 minutes | Apr 24, 2021
22- He Removes Kings and Sets Up Kings
To pave the way for the downfall of the Omrides, Elisha triggers a coup in Damascus. Ian and Caleb do an in-depth examination of Hazael of Aram. Music by Kevin MacLeod.
72 minutes | Mar 1, 2021
21- Red as Blood
Boxed in by a joint Hebrew counterattack, Mesha doubles down on the Moabite practice of human sacrifice. The Omride regime decays to its nadir as monotheistic revolution approaches. Music by Kevin MacLeod.
80 minutes | Dec 20, 2020
20- Chariots of Fire
Through his miraculous personal ministry, the stern prophet Elisha prepared the way for the political agenda of the Sons of the Prophets. Also, Ian and Caleb break down the apologetic debate surrounding the infamous story of Elisha killing 42 young boys on the road to Bethel. Music by Kevin MacLeod.
65 minutes | Oct 31, 2020
19- Let Fire Consume You
During the brief reign of Ahaziah of Israel, the Moabites rebelled and launched a genocidal invasion of both Israel and Judah. Elijah condemns Ahaziah for his cosmopolitan polytheism, and Jehoshaphat is delivered by God from a Moabite-led coalition. Music by Kevin MacLeod.
85 minutes | Aug 31, 2020
18- Inquire of the Lord
In 852 BC, Micaiah brought his satirical brand of prophecy to Samaria, and Ahab was killed by the forces of Ben-hadad at the Battle of Ramoth-Gilead. His reign had been nothing if not consistent. Music by Kevin MacLeod.
88 minutes | Jul 19, 2020
17- No Beast Could Stand Before Him
We dive into the Battle of Qarqar of 853 BC and discuss the major players arrayed on the Levantine side, including the Aramaeans, Israelites, Arabs, and Egyptians. We have a good laugh about the mental somersaults that some 19th century scholars used to dance around the Kurkh Monolith of Shalmaneser III, which corroborates details in the Books of Kings. Also, how did the Germanic-looking ancient Libyans end up in North Africa? Music by Kevin MacLeod.
63 minutes | Jun 6, 2020
16.1- Bonus: Pethor and the Pentateuch
The Deir 'Alla Inscription, discovered in 1967, is a knockdown demonstration that the Pentateuch contains genuine historical information, preserved in significant detail for centuries before the Pentateuch was compiled. Music by Kevin MacLeod.
66 minutes | May 16, 2020
16- Charging Westward
The Battle of Qarqar was fought between a Levant-Egypt alliance, including Ahab and Ben-Hadad, and the rising Assyrian Empire. To set the stage for the battle, we review the bloody conquests of Ashurnasirpal II and Shalmaneser III recorded on the Kurkh Monoliths. Music by Kevin MacLeod.
58 minutes | Apr 5, 2020
15.1- Bonus: Nat Geo's Kings of the Bible
Ian and Caleb break down National Geographic's excellent single-issue edition "Kings of the Bible." Music by Kevin MacLeod.
80 minutes | Mar 22, 2020
15- You Cows of Bashan
Ian and Caleb discuss ground-breaking new archaeological evidence for the story of Naboth’s vineyard at Jezreel. Also, why is Jesus so fond of wine-making metaphors? They also review the archaeological and extrabiblical textual evidence for Ahab and the Omrides. Music by Kevin MacLeod.
36 minutes | Feb 29, 2020
14- God of the Valleys
Despite being given a spectacular victory by God, Ahab continues to model the opposite of godly manhood, demonstrating the contempt of the biblical authors for cowardice. Music by Kevin MacLeod.
69 minutes | Jan 18, 2020
13- Go, Be Resolute
What begins as an introduction to the wars of Ahab and Ben-hadad becomes a wide-ranging discussion of Christian pacifism, godly masculinity, and the biblical view of enmity. Music by Kevin MacLeod.
58 minutes | Nov 30, 2019
12- The God Who Answers by Fire
Through the well-known contest on Mount Carmel, Elijah attempted to kickstart a reactionary monotheistic revolt against the Omride regime. Music by Kevin MacLeod.
42 minutes | Nov 11, 2019
11.1- Bonus: Ahab and Jezebel in the News
In which Ian and Caleb discuss Hillary Clinton’s recent reference to Ahab and Jezebel, and Caleb explains to Ian how to analyze Kanye West lyrics. Music by Kevin MacLeod.
61 minutes | Oct 12, 2019
11- Troubler of Israel
Who was the historical Elijah the Tishbite, and how do we know that the Bible reliably describes his ministry? Music by Kevin MacLeod.
46 minutes | Sep 14, 2019
10- Join House to House
Asa's son and successor, Jehoshophat, united the houses of David, Omri, and Ithobaal into a single family tree. Music by Kevin MacLeod.
63 minutes | Aug 3, 2019
09- Children of Wrath
The Assyrian Empire was one of the most disgusting civilizations in the Ancient Near East. Music by Kevin MacLeod.
56 minutes | Jul 14, 2019
08- Until None Remained Alive
As Asa expanded Judah’s geopolitical power, Israel began a slow descent into internal instability. Meanwhile, in the east, a new threat began to rise. Music by Kevin MacLeod.
58 minutes | Jun 23, 2019
07- The Flesh of Kings, the Flesh of Captains
In this sprawling one-hour episode, we review the tragic career of Jeroboam and narrate Abijam’s epic defeat and invasion of Israel around 907 BC. We also weave in a range of topics including Old Testament theodicy, epistemology, Thomas Jefferson, and Ivan the Terrible. Music by Kevin MacLeod.
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