The Bible Geek Podcast 19-014
Wednesday, May 1st 2019, m
What does the Geek think? Is Canaan the victim of some mixed up sources, a hidden castration story, or some other possibility that I?m missing?
We see a historical pattern of vilification of a wartime enemy, the vanquishing of that enemy, and the subsequent romanticization, extolment, and assimilation of the subdued culture by the victor. Don?t we also find it in the Bible? Would you please comment on how shifting attitudes toward Jews and Jewish culture are reflected in the new testament, its development, and early Christian history? How and why does the new testament both vilify and extol Jews?
A listener asked about Paul?s ?thorn in the flesh?. Your interpretation of bar-wielding angels inspired me to a slightly different interpretation. A skolops can be any pointed thing from a splinter to a thorn to a pike to a palisade log. In between those extremes, it could also be a spear. We have Paul, speaking of journeying to the Heavens, Satan afflicting him, asking Kyrios (?Lord?) thrice that it might pass from him, and Kyrios refusing to lift the burden. That sounds to me a little like a condensed version of the Garden of Gethsemane with the Longinus spearing from John. Is it possible that John and Paul took this concept from a common (now lost) motif of the suffering servant?
How can you reconcile the work of Robert Eisenman, Charles Cutler Torrey and the mythicism movement?
Can you list any books, chapters, or portions of the New and Old Testament that are likely borrowings from texts from older civilizations?
The Bible Geek Podcast 19-013
Saturday, April 13th 2019, m
Does 1 Corinthians 12:3 mean that no one can come to believe in Christ apart from a special revelation direct from God? Are there Gnostic and/or Calvinist implications?
Is it impossible for God to exist?
Are there any good alternative theories to the single authorship of Luke-Acts?
I notice that John the Baptist was executed by Herod, while Jesus was executed by Roman authority, why the difference?
The Bible Geek Podcast 19-012
Monday, April 1st 2019, m
Is it true that "by Hebrew tradition when the day of the month is not specifically stated, it is given to be the first day of that month"?
April 6th 32 A.D. is a Sunday, and not even Nisan 14 but Nisan 6? Given that Jesus died on a Friday, and Nisan 14 in 32 A.D. is on a Monday, how can Misler claim 32 A.D. is an "exact" fulfillment of the prediction in Daniel 9?
Ever read Asimov?s Guide to the Bible?
Is Deuteronomy 22:28-29 talking about rape or seduction?
Is it possible that the original "Jesus" was not called Jesus and that was the name they gave him later, as was the case wirh many many OT Hebrew characters have their names changed to fit meanings, including Jacob (Israel) Esau (Red), Abram, Sarah.
After the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, who do Lot?s daughters think they?re the only ones left alive on Earth?
Why would we Gentile Christians have to keep the Ten Commandments when, according to James & Co. in Acts, all we had to do was avoid bloody meat, fornication, animals that had been strangled, and food sacrificed to idols?
I?d be interested to hear your current thinking on Gnosticism and it?s place in the world.
The Bible Geek Podcast 19-011
Sunday, March 17th 2019, m
What are the biblical limits of divine revelation? If God nis omniscient, and ?we have the mind of Christ,? why do we not know everything? Why do some prophecies remain unfulfilled? Why does the Bible know nothing of modern science?
Please recommend a book on the origins and evolution of religion(s).
Richard Carrier talks about the possible early dating of Hebrews as a pre 70 statement of a fully mythic Christ who had not yet been historicized. What do you think of that idea? Do you know of anyone else who has talked about Melchizedek as a pre 70 cult figure? Is there any other evidence for an early date of Hebrews which would support the Christ myth theory?
Can you can expand more broadly on some historically prominent Christian concepts of what it meant to be inspired when writing scripture? How can the biblical writers have exhibited their own personal style if God was simply revealing their text to them?
The Bible Geek Podcast 19-010
Monday, March 11th 2019, m
In Luke baby Jesus is presented at the Temple 40 days after Jesus's birth.How do apologists handle this contradiction, as compared to the events described in Matthew (the flight to Egypt)? After all, the holy family could not both flee to Egypt and present at the Temple 40 days later.
Does the author of John identifies himself in John 21:24?
The idea of a dying Messiah appears to have gained popularity during the 2nd century A.D. particularly since the death of Simeon Bar Kokhba. Therefore, why is it impossible that the idea a dying Messiah actually came in earlier than the 2nd centuary A.D, say, 50 years earlier with the new cult of Christianity?
I know that the supposed OT "prophecies" were never intended to be about Jesus or the Messiah at all. But, as you can easily use them in a Messianic way (like Early Christians did), why can?t they have made the entire thing up?
Is it possible that the entire Jospehus passage on Jesus was a interpolation by Christian scribes, and could the same be true of Tacitus?
Isn?t ?Do you believe in God?? a loaded question? Better to say ?do you believe in any gods??
Exactly what kinds of ?morals? are actually set out in the Bible (stoning to death, massacres, collecting heaps of foreskins as a dowry, and so on)?
Aren?t those who say ?but without heaven and hell what?s to stop you from (raping and pillaging and murdering) implying that?s what they?d be busy doing if they didn?t believe?
Have you read Asimov?s Guide to the Bible and what do you think of it?
What non-canon books do you think are most interesting/worth reading?
What would you suggest as the simplest and most potent way to explain why one doesn?t believe there was a historical Jesus?
What would be perhaps the top 3 ?must read? for people interested in Higher Criticism?
In Matthew 8:5-13, the story of healing the centurion's leprous servant, how does the centurion show the faith that apparently amazes Jesus so that he says "I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith"? All he did was ask for healing. And what was the content of that faith? Not faith in the Pauline gospel certainly!
What does Jesus mean by "follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead"?