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Dragons in Genesis
46 minutes | 2 months ago
What did the early Christians believe about Jesus? Prior to the writing of Mark's gospel, Christian theology seemed... strange. It hints that Jesus lived in the heavens and never set foot on earth. But surely that can't be what the first Christian authors are hinting at. So what if they're not hinting at all? What if they left explicit writings detailing their beliefs about the cosmos and Christ's purpose and actions? And what if that writing had nothing at all to do with a man who ever walked the earth?
45 minutes | 3 months ago
058_Letters from Prison
Paul can't seem to stay out of trouble and lands himself in prison once again. While cooling his heels he preaches to the guards and sends out a few letters. What do they say? Apparently Jesus lives in outer space.
52 minutes | 4 months ago
Everything that could go wrong within a church has gone wrong. One member is sleeping with his stepmother and his immoral behavior has attracted the ire of Paul’s rivals who seek to undermine his authority. If that’s not bad enough, the congregation has turned against him. Some are denying that Christ was resurrected and others are openly cursing Jesus! What is an apostle to do? Write a stern letter, of course.
37 minutes | 5 months ago
056_Rome if You Want To
Paul's final letter, written to the Christians in Rome, contains a treasure trove of information which sheds light on the beliefs of the early Christian community. Though these beliefs don't always match up with the tale later told in the book of Acts. And the Jesus that these early Christians worshiped may have been quite different from anything we could have previously guessed.
40 minutes | 5 months ago
055_When in Rome
The apostle Paul gives us our oldest surviving Christian writings which were addressed to congregations on two continents. But the version of Christianity he preach and the story of Jesus that he and his congregations understood, is significantly different from what would be stated in the later gospels. His ideas seem constantly at odds with the Hebrew Bible, which he seems to believe is irrelevant to Christianity.
36 minutes | 7 months ago
054_The End is the Beginning
We conclude our survey of the Book of Enoch with the Epistles of Enoch. This fifth and final section deals with blessings of the righteous and curses for the wicked, the destruction of heaven and earth, and the divine nature of Noah. We also dig into the overall theology of the authors of this book and how it sets the stage for Christianity.
33 minutes | 8 months ago
In the Book of Visions we find a strange and curious section entitled the "Animal Apocalypse" which tells the entire history of the world, but replaces all the main characters with various animals. One portion, involving a great man who is being portrayed as a ram, has been hailed as a prophecy for Jesus' imminent arrival. But the truth behind this scene might be something else entirely. This might recall an event which is connected to the origins of Hanukkah and the story of Samson.
45 minutes | 9 months ago
052_Spirit in the Sky
In the middle of 1 Enoch lies the Astronomy Book, a strange manuscript which details the method for establishing a solar calendar. While this may be important for tracking the seasons, it's difficult to comprehend why it should be included in scripture. Unless there's more to this book and their calendar than we previously believed.
48 minutes | 10 months ago
051_Rock the Kasbeel
Our study of the Book of Enoch continues as we dig deeper into the Similitudes of Enoch. The order of creation is laid out, the power of names is revealed, and we finally learn the identity of the Son of Man.
32 minutes | a year ago
050_Watch the Sky For Me
We continue our study of the Book of Enoch by examining the Parables. Messianic themes abound in this portion of the book as we meet the Elect One and the Son of Man. Who were these mysterious figures? Did they have names? And how much influence did Zoroastrianism have on this literature?
44 minutes | a year ago
049_Enoch, Knock, Knocking
The angels have fallen and the stars have disobeyed the covenant. One man will act as intermediary between heaven and earth and serve as both divine scribe and holy messenger. He'll see the entirety of creation and learn the hidden secrets of the universe. But to do that he'll first need to ascend to the highest heaven and see what no man has seen before.
40 minutes | a year ago
048_Tonight the Stars Revolt
The discovery of a strange book gives new insights into the origins of Christianity and the complex relationship between sects of Judaism. It's filled with bizarre imagery and curious themes. The Sons of God introduce corruption into the perfect creation and bloodthirsty giants walk the earth. People are animals, men are angels, angels are stars, and sometimes those stars revolt.
51 minutes | a year ago
047_The Order of Things
It's wrong. It's all wrong. The entire New Testament is in the wrong order, and it's my opinion that reading the New Testament in the order in which it's presented causes a great deal of confusion. It prompts the reader to jump to certain conclusions, to make certain assumptions, and this generates a false narrative in the minds of the readers. Perhaps it's time someone examine the Christian Bible by first arranging the texts in chronological order and letting the book speak for itself. Let's see how Christian belief looked before the gospels and watch it evolve through the first two centuries of the Common Era.
40 minutes | a year ago
046_Yahweh the Grain God
We conclude the book of 2 Samuel with repeated references to Yahweh being a grain god along with some good old fashioned human sacrifice. David keeps making enemies of his friends and Goliath shows up with some giant friends. There's a few Greek parallels to make things interesting and we learn the Yahweh dwells in darkness and shadow.Want to learn more about the parallels with Greek mythology?https://www.thetorah.com/article/king-david-and-oedipus-rex
26 minutes | a year ago
045_Fall of David
David covets his neighbor's wife, kills her husband, invites Yahweh's wrath, and executes a bunch of slaves. But his reign isn't all bad. He turns a blind eye to some pretty heinous crimes in his own house and puts the concubines in charge of Jerusalem before worshiping at an outlawed shrine. Okay, so maybe it is all bad, but he's a good guy. Right?
35 minutes | a year ago
044_Call Me Ishbaal
As we dig deeper into the story of King David we discover strange parallels with his son Solomon, links between David's grand house and the soon-to-be-constructed temple, and between Jerusalem and an ancient city long abandoned. Yahweh keeps getting called Baal and there are multiple contradictory versions of every scene.
32 minutes | a year ago
043_Witches and Foreskins
The story of King Saul continues. A rival to the throne has stepped onto the stage and the king keeps getting possessed by the “evil spirit of Yahweh.” To make matters worse the Philistines are pressing the attack and David is terrorizing the countryside. Can a man sell his daughter for the low, low price of 100 foreskins? Is it kosher to talk to a witch? Can Abimelech actually be killed? Find out in this episode as we conclude the First Book of Samuel.
39 minutes | 2 years ago
042_David and Goliath
Yahweh hand-selected a king but apparently he made a mistake so he changed his mind about who should be king and chooses another to reign in his place. But he also never changes his mind. Before this kid can be king he must be introduced to the reader in three separate and contradictory scenes, including a showdown with a giant who isn't as tall as he appears.
41 minutes | 2 years ago
041_Yahweh Chooses a King
The people of Israel have asked for a king to rule over them and Yahweh makes his choice. But how good a choice is Saul son of Kish? Not very good as it turns out. That's what happens when you elect a leader based solely on height.
42 minutes | 2 years ago
040_Five Golden Hemorrhoids
We hope back into the Old Testament with 1 Samuel to learn about Samuel, Saul, and the fate of those who dare to steal Yahweh's sacred box. What's the proper gift to appease and angry god? What do rats have to do with all of this? And what's going on with the Temple of Dagon? Wasn't that thing destroyed in the last book? And stick around for another cool announcement.
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