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BibleProject Podcast
How To Read the Bible
40 Episodes
Follow discussions between Tim & Jon as they prepare to write the "How to Read the Bible" series of videos. This series is aimed at helping you read the Bible more wisely, and with greater understanding!

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Episode 1
The Bible as Divine Literary Art
Why are the books of the Bible ordered the way they are? Is there a value in reading the Bible in any other order?
63min
Episode 2
What's in your Bible?
In this episode, Tim and Jon give an overview of the entire Bible with a focus on the Hebrew Scriptures.
70min
Episode 3
What is the Story of the Bible?
In this episode Tim and Jon discuss the big, narrative arcs of the Bible. What is the Bible really talking about? Sin? Salvation? Judgement?
59min
Episode 4
Ancient vs. Modern Ways of Reading Scripture
Tim and Jon discuss the differences in ancient and modern ways of reading scripture, including why the Hebrew people would read scripture together as a group. The guys also talk about how challenging it can be to read the Bible by yourself.
59min
Episode 5
Is Reading The Bible Together Just a Form of Group Think?
A jam packed episode where Tim and Jon discuss the ancient Hebrew practice of reading the Bible aloud, the sociology of both creating environments and being created by environments in Christianity, and the different kind of power between stories and facts.
48min
Episode 6
Literary Genres & the Stories We Tell Ourselves
Tim and Jon discuss the big three of literary styles employed in the Bible: Narrative, Poetry, & Prose-Discourse.
61min
Episode 7
Poetry, Narrative & Prose Discourse
Jon and Tim discuss the different literary styles used in the Bible.
45min
Episode 8
Why isn't there more detail in Bible stories?
Many of us have wondered something like this and sometimes walk away from the Bible confused. We don't know why a character did what they did, or what they looked like, or even what the "moral of the story" is.
44min
Episode 9
The Bible as Jewish Meditation Literature - Jewish Scripture Meditation vs. Modern Meditation
In this episode Tim & Jon continue their conversation about Cain and Abel and why it is a good example of Jewish Meditation Literature.
40min
Episode 10
Plot in Biblical Narrative
Tim and Jon discuss how understanding the unique ways plot and narrative are used by the Hebrew authors to write Bible stories can impact how we read the Bible.
51min
Episode 11
Character in Biblical Narrative
In this episode Tim and Jon discuss character design in the Bible.
49min
Episode 12
Setting in Biblical Narrative
Tim and Jon discuss the importance of understanding “Setting” in Bible stories.
35min
Episode 13
Live from Milpitas! Part 1
Tim and Jon discuss literature design patterns in the Bible to a live audience and answer questions from the audience.
76min
Episode 14
Live from Milpitas! Part 2
This is part 2 in our live conversation from Milpitas California! Tim and Jon continue their discussion on design patterns in the Bible.
78min
Episode 15
Crossing the Chaotic Waters
Tim and Jon discuss literary design patterns in the Bible.
51min
Episode 16
Chaotic Waters & Baptism
Tim and Jon continue to recap key stories in Genesis and the Old Testament. The key themes in these stories are chaotic waters and salvation through them.
62min
Episode 17
The Thunder of God
This is episode 1 in our series on Biblical Poetry!
78min
Episode 18
God Speaks in Poetry
This is the 2nd episode in our Art of Biblical Poetry podcast where we explore how God speaks in poetic language.
44min
Episode 19
Metaphor & Our Imagination
This is our first episode in our three-part series on the use of metaphor in the Bible!
59min
Episode 20
The Mountain Garden & the Human Ideal
This is our second episode in our series on reviewing metaphors in the Bible!
46min
Episode 21
Chaotic Waters
In the last episode of our Metaphor series, Jon and Tim discuss how water is often displayed as rambunctious and dangerous in the Bible.
71min
Episode 22
Poetry Q&R
Here is our Question and Response episode where we answer our listeners' questions about poetry and metaphor usage in the Bible.
48min
Episode 23
What Prophecy is For
Welcome to episode one in our miniseries on How to Read the Prophets!
58min
Episode 24
Prophets as Provokers
Welcome to episode two in our series on How to Read the Prophets.
56min
Episode 25
The Purpose of The Law
Welcome to our first episode looking at laws in the Bible!
73min
Episode 26
The Law as a Covenantal Partnership
Welcome to our second episode on how to read biblical law!
73min
Episode 27
The Law as a Revolution
Welcome to our third episode on how to read biblical law!
62min
Episode 28
God's Wisdom in the Law
Welcome to our fourth episode on how to read biblical law!
51min
Episode 29
Jesus Fulfills the Law
Welcome to another episode exploring how to read biblical law. This is the final part of this discussion before our Q+R episode for this series.
48min
Episode 30
Law Q&R
Welcome to our Question and Response episode discussing How to Read Biblical Law!
56min
Episode 31
The Quest for Wisdom
Welcome to our new series on how to read the wisdom books in biblical literature!
46min
Episode 32
Solomon: The Wisest of the Fools
Welcome to our third episode discussing the theme of Wisdom in the Bible.
60min
Episode 33
Proverbs: Lady Wisdom & Lady Folly
Welcome to episode four in our series of How to Read the Wisdom Literature of the Bible. Today, Tim and Jon dive into the book of Proverbs.
45min
Episode 34
Song of Songs: Semi-Erotic Love Poetry
Welcome to episode 5 in our series on How to Read Biblical Wisdom Literature! In this episode, Tim and Jon discuss Song of Songs.
64min
Episode 35
Solomon the Cynic & the Job You Never Knew
Welcome to our final episode discussing Wisdom literature in the Bible! In this episode, Tim and Jon cover two books: Ecclesiastes and Job.
65min
Episode 36
Wisdom Q&R
Welcome to our Q+R on the Wisdom Literature in the Bible!
72min
Episode 37
What Does the Word "Gospel" Mean?
Explore the history of the word, "gospel," how modern Western Christians often use the word different than the biblical authors. What is the gospel? The answer is far more exciting and complex than we've been led to believe.
71min
Episode 38
The Gospel is More Than You Think
Where does the word "gospel" come from, and are we using it right? Learn the history of this word and dive into how the biblical authors talked about the gospel. What is the gospel? The answer is far deeper and more exciting than we've been led to believe.
55min
Episode 39
Why are there four accounts of the Gospel?
Each of the four gospels begin differently—and for a reason. Learn more about the four Gospel openings and discover new ways to read these accounts and understand their claims.
68min
Episode 40
The Obvious & Extravagant Claim of the Gospel
All four gospels are pointing toward the same simple yet profound claim. As we read the gospels, how should we understand discrepancies and variations to see the point of it all?
52min
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