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The creators of BibleProject have in-depth conversations about the Bible and theology. A companion podcast to BibleProject videos found at bibleproject.com

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How Does Jesus Teach Us to Pray? (The Lord’s Prayer Pt. 1)

Sermon on the Mount E20 – We are now halfway through studying Jesus' most famous sermon, which brings us to... more

13 May 2024 · 59 minutes
Why Say “Kingdom of the Skies” Instead of “Kingdom of Heaven”? – Sermon on the Mount Q+R 2

Sermon on the Mount Q+R 2 (E19) – How do we reconcile Jesus’ words about the Law with other New... more

06 May 2024 · 56 minutes
Jesus’ Surprising Warning About Religious Practices

Sermon on the Mount E18 – In Matthew 6, Jesus turns his attention to religious practices of his day, specifically... more

29 Apr 2024 · 54 minutes
What "Hypocrite" Means to Jesus

Sermon on the Mount E17 – In Matthew 6, Jesus transitions from sharing a vision for righteousness that fulfills the... more

22 Apr 2024 · 31 minutes
Why Does Jesus Want Us to Love Our Enemies?

Sermon on the Mount E16 – In Matthew 5:43-48, Jesus shares his sixth and final case study based on the... more

15 Apr 2024 · 51 minutes
What Jesus Means by “Turn the Other Cheek”

Sermon on the Mount E15 – In Matthew 5:38-42, Jesus offers wisdom from the Torah about retaliation, justice, and nonviolent... more

08 Apr 2024 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Why Does Jesus Say Not to Swear Oaths?

Sermon on the Mount E14 – In Matthew 5:33-48, Jesus offers three case studies about how people can work together... more

01 Apr 2024 · 46 minutes
How Jesus Responded to the Divorce Debate

Sermon on the Mount E13 – In Matthew 5:31-32, Jesus offers a quote from the Torah about when it is... more

25 Mar 2024 · 45 minutes
Jesus' Vision for Sex and Desire

Sermon on the Mount E12 – In Matthew 5:27-30, Jesus references the Torah’s command to not commit adultery (Exod. 20:14),... more

18 Mar 2024 · 47 minutes
Why Do the Beatitudes Matter for the Overworked and Hopeless? – Sermon on the Mount Q+R 1

Why do we not find the Sermon on the Mount in the gospels of Mark or John? Why is “blessed”... more

11 Mar 2024 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
How Is Anger the Same as Murder?

Sermon on the Mount E10 – In Matthew 5:21-48, Jesus reveals the divine wisdom of Israel’s Old Testament laws through... more

04 Mar 2024 · 56 minutes
What Does Jesus Think of Old Testament Laws?

Sermon on the Mount E9 – What did Jesus mean when he said he came to fulfill the Law and... more

26 Feb 2024 · 47 minutes
The Salt of the Land and the Light of the World

Sermon on the Mount E8 – Why does Jesus call his followers salt and light? In the Hebrew Bible, salt... more

19 Feb 2024 · 46 minutes
What Does It Mean to Make Peace? (The Beatitudes Pt. 4)

Sermon on the Mount E7 – What will it cost us to live like Jesus in our world? In the... more

12 Feb 2024 · 44 minutes
The Type of People God Is Forming (The Beatitudes Pt. 3)

Sermon on the Mount E6 – What does it look like to have our desires and actions completely aligned with... more

05 Feb 2024 · 46 minutes
The Powerless, Grieving, and Unimportant (The Beatitudes Pt. 2)

Sermon the Mount E5 – What does it mean to be poor in spirit, mourning, and meek? Jesus uses these... more

29 Jan 2024 · 40 minutes
What Does "Blessed" Mean? (The Beatitudes Pt. 1)

Sermon on the Mount E4 – What does Jesus mean when he calls people “blessed” in the first section of... more

22 Jan 2024 · 33 minutes
The Sermon on the Mount's Place in the Gospel of Matthew

Sermon on the Mount E3 – The Sermon on the Mount is one of five major speeches Jesus gives in... more

15 Jan 2024 · 40 minutes
The Hebrew Bible’s Connection to the Sermon on the Mount

Sermon on the Mount E2 – As a Jewish rabbi, Jesus was immersed in the Hebrew Bible, or what Christians... more

08 Jan 2024 · 43 minutes
Kicking Off a Year With Sermon on the Mount

Sermon on the Mount E1 – Most of us have probably heard sayings from Jesus’ famous teaching, commonly called the... more

01 Jan 2024 · 56 minutes
Celebrating and Looking Forward—Happy New Year!

In our final episode of 2023, Tim, Jon, and BibleProject CEO, Steve, celebrate everything we worked on this year and... more

25 Dec 2023 · 53 minutes
Can We Be Agents of Chaos With Good Intentions? – Chaos Dragon Q+R 2

Does the dragon always deceive humans into sinning? Can we become agents of chaos even when our intentions are good?... more

18 Dec 2023 · 47 minutes
Chaos and the Cosmos: An Astronaut Interview – Chaos Dragon E19

In this series, we’ve talked a lot about chaos—chaos waters and the great chaos monsters of the deep. In this... more

11 Dec 2023 · 1 hour, 1 minute
The Dragon of Revelation – Chaos Dragon E18

The Revelation, the last scroll in the Bible, is an apocalyptic vision about the reordering of the entire cosmos. And... more

04 Dec 2023 · 57 minutes
The Dragon in Paul's Letters – Chaos Dragon E17

The biblical theme of the dragon is a way to think of a personal foe, the Satan, and an impersonal... more

27 Nov 2023 · 55 minutes
The Only Way to Slay the Dragon – Chaos Dragon E16

The theme of the chaos dragon runs all through the story of the Bible—along with the biblical authors’ expectation of... more

20 Nov 2023 · 51 minutes
A Human With Power Over the Dragon – Chaos Dragon E15

As we’ve traced the theme of the chaos dragon in the Bible, we’ve come to expect what the biblical authors... more

13 Nov 2023 · 46 minutes
Daniel and the Four Monsters – Chaos Dragon E14

Daniel 7 describes an incredible, apocalyptic dream had by the prophet Daniel where he sees four chaos monsters oppressing the... more

06 Nov 2023 · 49 minutes
Does the Dragon Sometimes Win? – Chaos Dragon E13

In the story of the Bible, the dragon is a recurring symbol of chaos, death, and destruction. The good news... more

30 Oct 2023 · 59 minutes
The Dragon Slayer in the Psalms – Chaos Dragon E12

While the chaos dragon is not God’s rival--it’s the rival of creation--it is God’s enemy. The Psalms sometimes portray creation... more

23 Oct 2023 · 48 minutes
What Does it Mean to be Evil? – Chaos Dragon Q+R 1

Did God create disorder and chaos? What does it actually mean to be evil? And how do you tell your... more

16 Oct 2023 · 58 minutes
Was the World Ever Perfect? – Chaos Dragon E11

The theme of the chaos dragon raises some challenging questions. For instance, if God created a perfect world and humans... more

09 Oct 2023 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Jonah and the…Chaos Dragon? – Chaos Dragon E10

The story of Jonah employs all the major motifs of the theme of the chaos dragon: chaotic waters, a servant... more

02 Oct 2023 · 58 minutes
The Dragon-Like Behavior of Three Nations – Chaos Dragon E9

When Israel chooses to act like the chaos monster instead of living like the people of God, God brings judgment... more

25 Sep 2023 · 47 minutes
Isaiah and the Dragon – Chaos Dragon E8

What happens when the entire nation of Israel consistently aligns themselves with the dragon? They themselves become a chaos monster... more

18 Sep 2023 · 56 minutes
David and Goliath the Dragon – Chaos Dragon E7

So often the symbol of the chaos monster shows up embodied by a human bent on oppressing other people. Goliath,... more

11 Sep 2023 · 50 minutes
Women Who Slayed Dragons – Chaos Dragon E6

In today’s episode, we once again encounter a theme that’s becoming all too familiar: humans becoming chaos monsters. Jabin, king... more

04 Sep 2023 · 50 minutes
Is the Church a City? – The City Q+R 2

Was Cain’s city a good thing initially? If Israel was just as bad as Sodom and Gomorrah, why didn’t God... more

30 Aug 2023 · 54 minutes
Power Over the Dragon in Exodus – Chaos Dragon E5

God created humans to bear his image, but sometimes we choose our own destruction and start to look a lot... more

28 Aug 2023 · 51 minutes
The Creature Crouching at the Door – Chaos Dragon E4

Genesis 3 is probably the most famous serpent-featuring story in the Bible—the moment we get to see humans and the... more

21 Aug 2023 · 47 minutes
Ferocious Dragons and Rogue Stars – Chaos Dragon E3

Dragons show up on page one of the Bible, named among the beings that feature in the seven-day creation narrative... more

14 Aug 2023 · 47 minutes
The First Worldwide Meme – Chaos Dragon E2

When we read the word “myth,” often what comes to mind is a fictional story. However, a myth is a... more

07 Aug 2023 · 49 minutes
Dragons in the Bible – Chaos Dragon E1

Nahash, tanin, leviathan––the Bible is full of strange words describing a creature many modern readers can’t quite categorize. All these... more

31 Jul 2023 · 46 minutes
How Did Abraham Know About the City of God? – The City Q+R

How could Abraham have anticipated a coming City of God, like the author of Hebrews said? What’s the connection between... more

24 Jul 2023 · 51 minutes
The Heavenly City – The City E13

In the Bible, cities have a bad reputation as centers of immorality and unrighteous living. First-century followers of Jesus continued... more

17 Jul 2023 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
Jesus, the New Jerusalem – The City E12

As the story of the Bible unfolds, the expectation for a city of God—a new Jerusalem where Heaven and Earth... more

10 Jul 2023 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
Whose Idea Was the “City of God”? – The City E11

Cities appear to be inherently bad in the story of the Bible. So when Jesus calls his followers a city... more

03 Jul 2023 · 54 minutes
Jesus’ Disciples Are a City – The City E10

The city of Jerusalem, established by David to be the home of God, is a glimpse of what a divine... more

26 Jun 2023 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Jerusalem: A Tale of Two Cities – The City E9

Israel was meant to be a picture of the heavenly city of God, but over time, it began to look... more

19 Jun 2023 · 57 minutes
The Anointed Question and Response

When Jesus tells Nicodemus people must be born again of water and Spirit, is that connected to the anointing theme?... more

14 Jun 2023 · 59 minutes
City of God or City of Cain? – The City E8

When we first read about Jerusalem in the Bible, it appears to be a golden city—founded by David, a center... more

12 Jun 2023 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
The Bible's Most Famous City – The City E7

Jerusalem is the Bible’s image of what a city of God should be. But from the earliest moments of its... more

05 Jun 2023 · 1 hour, 27 minutes
Can a City Be Good? – The City E6

At last, there’s a positive example of a city in the Bible, the capital city of Egypt under the rule... more

29 May 2023 · 59 minutes
Sodom and Gomorrah – The City E5

If Babylon is the worst city in the Bible, then Sodom and Gomorrah are a close second. The injustice and... more

22 May 2023 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
The Biggest, Baddest City in the Bible – The City E4

You may have heard that Babylon was the biggest, baddest city in the Bible, but where did that reputation come... more

15 May 2023 · 59 minutes
A Symptom of Human Violence – The City E3

As the story of the Bible unfolds, humanity grows more and more violent. Cain is more violent than his parents,... more

08 May 2023 · 1 hour, 14 minutes
Why Cain Builds a City – The City E2

In the story of the Bible, cities are a bad thing. They’re a symptom of humanity’s violence and attempts to... more

01 May 2023 · 1 hour, 14 minutes
The Surprise of the City – The City E1

The theme of the city in the Bible is a surprising one. When cities are introduced in the story, they’re... more

24 Apr 2023 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
Jesus’ Anointing Ceremony – Anointed E6

“Jesus the anointed one” is the literal translation of the Greek title “Christ,” frequently applied to Jesus. In this podcast... more

17 Apr 2023 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
Firstborn Question and Response

Do the biblical authors consider women the second-born siblings of men? Were Joshua and Caleb rivals? Why is Korah, the... more

12 Apr 2023 · 56 minutes
The Anointed King in Psalms – Anointed E5

David’s life gives us two parallel portrayals of what it means to be God’s anointed one: one is victorious—God’s anointed... more

10 Apr 2023 · 59 minutes
Isaiah’s Anointed One – Anointed E4

David was Israel’s greatest king, but even he failed to live as God’s anointed one. When Isaiah prophesied about the... more

03 Apr 2023 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
Saul the Anti-Anointed – Anointed E3

Israel’s first anointed king, Saul, consistently makes choices that put him in conflict with God and the responsibilities God has... more

27 Mar 2023 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
What’s So Special About Oil? – Anointed E2

What’s so special about oil? Why does the Bible specify that oil—not water or wine—must be used to anoint a... more

20 Mar 2023 · 55 minutes
"Christ" Is Not a Name – Anointed E1

The title most often applied to Jesus is “the anointed one”—that’s what the Greek word “christ” means! But what is... more

13 Mar 2023 · 57 minutes
The Firstborn of Creation – Firstborn E10

In our final episode of the Firstborn series, we look at the New Testament’s description of Jesus as the firstborn... more

06 Mar 2023 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
How Will Jesus Use His Power? – Firstborn E9

Under levitical law, touching anyone unclean would make you unclean too. But when Jesus touches people who are unclean, they... more

27 Feb 2023 · 1 hour, 13 minutes
God's Firstborn Son – Firstborn E8

The authors of the gospel accounts in the Bible—Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John—regularly refer to Jesus as the Son of... more

20 Feb 2023 · 54 minutes
David, the Latecomer King – Firstborn E7

In the scroll of Samuel, Israel demands a king in place of the judges that have been ruling over them.... more

13 Feb 2023 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
What Is God’s Name? – Re-Release in Honor of Michael Heiser

This episode is a special re-release of an interview we did in 2018 with Dr. Michael Heiser. Mike has been... more

07 Feb 2023 · 59 minutes
Hannah’s Poem and Power Reversals – Firstborn E6

Hannah was an oppressed woman, scorned by her husband’s rival wife because of her barrenness. But the way she prayed... more

06 Feb 2023 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
The Plague of the Firstborn – Firstborn E5

How does the plague of the firstborn from Exodus fit into the biblical theme of the firstborn? And what does... more

30 Jan 2023 · 1 hour, 11 minutes
Power Grabs and Patriarchs – Firstborn E4

Early in the story of the Bible, God chooses the family of Abraham, his son Isaac, and Isaac’s son Jacob... more

23 Jan 2023 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
Rivalry Among Brothers – Firstborn E3

Only a few pages into the story of the Bible, the story starts to get really bleak. Cain kills his... more

16 Jan 2023 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
Seizing vs. Receiving Power – Firstborn E2

It’s not explicitly stated, but the theme of the firstborn first appears in the opening narratives of the Hebrew Bible.... more

09 Jan 2023 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
God's Response to Human Power Structures – Firstborn E1

In ancient Near Eastern societies, firstborn sons were prized above all other children and inherited special privileges and authority simply... more

02 Jan 2023 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
Happy New Year From BibleProject!

We shared a lot of firsts together in 2022—from launching our first app, to reading the Torah movement by movement... more

26 Dec 2022 · 47 minutes
Simkhat Torah: Celebrating a Year of Reading

When a Jewish synagogue finishes reading through the Torah together, they celebrate Simkhat Torah. What is Simkhat Torah? Find out... more

19 Dec 2022 · 1 hour, 15 minutes
When Do Words Become A Blessing? – Torah Q+R

How do we know the biblical authors intended to link certain words and stories? When do someone’s words become a... more

12 Dec 2022 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
Which Laws Still Apply? – Deuteronomy Scroll Q+R

Which ancient Israelite laws still apply today and which don’t? Should the law be divided into moral, civil, and ceremonial... more

05 Dec 2022 · 58 minutes
Moses’ Final Words – Deuteronomy E9

Who are Yahweh’s children? For most of the Torah, the answer seems to be all of Israel. But in his... more

28 Nov 2022 · 1 hour, 19 minutes
Can Anyone Live a Blessed Life? – Deuteronomy E8

Moses gives the least motivating pep talk ever in the third movement of Deuteronomy. He outlines God’s covenant and the... more

21 Nov 2022 · 1 hour, 26 minutes
Covenant Curses – Deuteronomy E7

In the final movement of Deuteronomy, there’s a pretty lengthy list of curses that will fall upon Israel if they... more

14 Nov 2022 · 58 minutes
Jesus, Marriage, and the Law – Deuteronomy E6

The Pharisees frequently tested Jesus on his knowledge of the law, and in Matthew 19, they grill him on a... more

07 Nov 2022 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
How Do We Use the Law Today? – Deuteronomy E5

Israel’s laws were meant to form them into people of wisdom who lived differently than the nations around them. But... more

31 Oct 2022 · 53 minutes
What Do Moses and a Rock Have to Do With Jesus? – Numbers Q+R

Are numbers in the Hebrew Bible literal? Is it dangerous to adapt God’s laws? Does Israel’s conquest of Canaan justify... more

26 Oct 2022 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
The Law … Again – Deuteronomy E4

In the second movement of Deuteronomy, Moses gives Israel the law … again. But this time, he’s not talking to... more

24 Oct 2022 · 1 hour, 13 minutes
Giants and Justice – Deuteronomy E3

In this episode, we once again encounter the Nephilim, the evil demon-human hybrid beings we first met in Genesis 6.... more

17 Oct 2022 · 1 hour, 11 minutes
What Does Leviticus Teach Us About Jesus? – Leviticus Q+R

How do you clean a tabernacle? What does “laying of hands” represent? Is the scapegoat a hyperlink to Cain and... more

12 Oct 2022 · 58 minutes
The Way to True Life – Deuteronomy E2

In the first movement of Deuteronomy, two words appear more frequently than any others—listen and love. Why did Moses emphasize... more

10 Oct 2022 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
What’s the Point of Deuteronomy? – Deuteronomy E1

Have you ever wondered where the earliest sermons in the Bible are found? Moses’ final speech to Israel, found in... more

03 Oct 2022 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Entering the Promised Land – Numbers E9

After years of wandering in the wilderness and what seems like way too many rebellions against Yahweh, Israel has finally... more

26 Sep 2022 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Joshua: The New Adam and Moses – Numbers E8

As Moses’ death draws near, Yahweh selects Joshua to lead the people of Israel. What made Joshua uniquely qualified to... more

19 Sep 2022 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
Five Women and Yahweh’s New Law – Numbers E7

In the third movement of Numbers, five sisters approach Moses with a legal case not covered in God’s laws: Without... more

12 Sep 2022 · 1 hour, 11 minutes
Why Couldn’t Moses Enter the Promised Land? – Numbers E6

So far in the second movement of Numbers, the leaders of the twelve tribes of Israel have rebelled against Yahweh,... more

05 Sep 2022 · 55 minutes
Yahweh’s Judgment and Mercy – Numbers E5

God chose the Levites to take care of the tabernacle, and within the tribe of Levi, he picked Aaron’s family... more

29 Aug 2022 · 42 minutes
Twelve Spies and the Promised Land – Numbers E4

We’re looking at a story about God’s chosen ones facing a test with fruit trees in a beautiful garden—sounds like... more

22 Aug 2022 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
There Isn’t a Law For That – Numbers E3

How do God’s people follow his will in situations where there are no explicit rules or laws given? At the... more

15 Aug 2022 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
What’s a Nazarite Vow? – Numbers E2

Confession of sins, strange water rituals, Nephilim, and Nazarite vows—Numbers 5 and 6 might feel like a confusing mix of... more

08 Aug 2022 · 57 minutes
What Made the Tribe of Levi Special? – Numbers E1

The scroll of Numbers can be difficult to make sense of without context, and there’s a reason for that. The... more

01 Aug 2022 · 58 minutes
The Law of the Blasphemer – Leviticus E9

Blasphemy, principles of restitution, jubilee, exile, and the mercy and justice of God––it’s all there in the final lines of... more

25 Jul 2022 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
What Israel's Feasts Teach Us – Leviticus E8

Are there specific times humans can meet with God in special ways? For ancient Israel, the answer was yes. In... more

18 Jul 2022 · 1 hour,
Why Is the Sabbath So Important? – Leviticus E7

Throughout the Leviticus scroll, Yahweh instructs Israel, “Be holy as I am holy.” But what does that actually mean? As... more

11 Jul 2022 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
What Is the Day of Atonement? – Leviticus E6

At the center of the center of the Torah is the Day of Atonement. What is the significance of this... more

04 Jul 2022 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
Purity and Impurity in Leviticus – Leviticus E5

Childbirth, non-kosher food, sex, death, disease—they’re all considered impure in the book of Leviticus. In this episode, join Tim and... more

27 Jun 2022 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
Did God Try To Kill Moses? – Exodus Q+R

Why did God say he was going to kill Moses? What exactly was God’s test for Abraham on Mount Moriah... more

22 Jun 2022 · 1 hour, 12 minutes
The Dangerous Gift of God’s Presence – Leviticus E4

In the second movement of Leviticus, Aaron and his sons agree to the terms of their covenant with Yahweh, signing... more

20 Jun 2022 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
What Did the Burnt Offerings Really Mean? – Leviticus E3

What is the significance of the offerings described in Leviticus? In this episode, join Tim and Jon as they walk... more

13 Jun 2022 · 52 minutes
What Is Atonement? – Leviticus E2

A God who wants nothing more than to dwell with humanity, a way forward to a repaired relationship between Heaven... more

06 Jun 2022 · 1 hour, 13 minutes
How God Reveals Himself in Leviticus – Leviticus E1

Holiness is a word we frequently associate with the Bible, but what does it mean? As we pick up the... more

30 May 2022 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
Two Takes on the Test at Mount Sinai –– Feat. Carmen Imes

Did Israel pass or fail God’s test at Mount Sinai? And what did Yahweh mean when he made Israel a... more

23 May 2022 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Why Moses Couldn’t Enter the Tabernacle – Exodus E10

In the second movement of Exodus, Moses walks straight into God’s fiery presence on Mount Sinai without fear. But by... more

16 May 2022 · 51 minutes
Why Does the Tabernacle Furniture Even Matter? – Exodus E9

Why does God seem to care so much about the furniture within the tabernacle? The instructions for the tabernacle furniture... more

09 May 2022 · 1 hour,
What’s So Special About the Tabernacle? – Exodus E8

You may have heard that God’s holiness keeps him from getting close to sinful humanity, but in the Bible we... more

02 May 2022 · 1 hour, 16 minutes
What Are the Ten Commandments All About? – Exodus E7

We often think of the ten commandments as a list of dos and don’ts—the things you need to know to... more

25 Apr 2022 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
Testing at Mount Sinai – Exodus E6

Mount Sinai is the famous spot where Yahweh gives Moses the ten commandments—and the location where most of Exodus, all... more

18 Apr 2022 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Israel Tests Yahweh – Exodus E5

The nation of Israel seems to go from one life-threatening situation to another in the Exodus scroll. From slavery in... more

11 Apr 2022 · 1 hour, 11 minutes
God Tests His Chosen Ones – Exodus E4

Nobody likes tests. But the test is a recurring pattern in the biblical story for how God relates to his... more

04 Apr 2022 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Why Are There 10 Plagues? – Exodus E3

The ten plagues––they’re fascinating, they’re famous, and they sometimes seem overly harsh. Where do they fit in the story of... more

28 Mar 2022 · 1 hour,
Yahweh and the Exodus – Exodus E2

The story of the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt is famous for good reason—a burning bush, a transforming staff, 10 plagues,... more

21 Mar 2022 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
“God” Is Not a Name – Exodus E1

God is not a name—it’s a title. In fact, the God of the Bible introduces himself by a specific name... more

14 Mar 2022 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
Why Can’t Jacob and Esau Both Be Blessed? – Genesis Q+R

How is Jesus the first-born of creation and the “second Adam”? Why are the biblical authors so obsessed with the... more

07 Mar 2022 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Joseph the Suffering Servant – Genesis E8

He lays down his life to save a remnant of God’s people, he brings God’s blessing to all nations, he... more

28 Feb 2022 · 44 minutes
Joseph the Exile – Genesis E7

Joseph is one of the Bible’s most famous characters, and in the Genesis scroll, his story is a climactic moment... more

21 Feb 2022 · 41 minutes
Wrestling God for a Blessing – Genesis E6

Throughout the story of the Bible, God singles out different people, like Jacob, to be the conduit of his blessing... more

14 Feb 2022 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
Great Blessing and Great Responsibility – Genesis E5

The word “blessing” brings to mind a variety of images for all of us. But what exactly does it mean... more

07 Feb 2022 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
We'll Be Back Next Week!

Today would have been our 287th podcast episode. We haven’t missed a single week in seven years! Unfortunately, we won’t... more

31 Jan 2022 · 1 minute
Trees of Testing and Blessing – Genesis E4

The family of Abraham is chosen by God. But despite God’s promises to them, they continually act out of greed,... more

24 Jan 2022 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
Under the Trees with Yahweh – Genesis E3

Blessing, testing, failure, success, God’s plan for the nations—you’ll find all these themes woven through the story of the Bible,... more

17 Jan 2022 · 50 minutes
God’s Spirit in the Flood Narrative – Genesis E2

When we think of God’s Spirit, judgment is probably not what comes to mind. But the biblical authors saw God’s... more

10 Jan 2022 · 59 minutes
God’s Spirit in Creation – Genesis E1

Why does the author of Genesis make a point to name God’s Spirit in Genesis 1 and 2? In this... more

03 Jan 2022 · 56 minutes
BibleProject in 2021 and Beyond

In the final episode of the year, Tim, Jon, Carissa, and the CEO of BibleProject, Steve, reflect on our journey... more

27 Dec 2021 · 18 minutes
Applying the Paradigm: Movements and Links

How do we apply the biblical paradigm to our own Bible reading? It starts with reading the Bible in movements—the... more

20 Dec 2021 · 57 minutes
Is the Bible Trustworthy? – Paradigm Q+R #2

How do we teach the Bible to our children? How can a book written by humans be divinely authoritative? Is... more

13 Dec 2021 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
How (Not) To Read the Bible – Feat. Dan Kimball

What do we do with the passages in the Bible that are really difficult? Violence, slavery, the treatment of women—what... more

06 Dec 2021 · 56 minutes
The Last Pillar: Communal Literature – Paradigm E11

Are there ways to read the Bible other than a private quiet time? For most of Church history, followers of... more

29 Nov 2021 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
What the Bible’s Authors Took for Granted – Paradigm E10

Have you ever figured out halfway through a conversation that you and another person were on totally different pages? Reading... more

22 Nov 2021 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
The Bible Wasn’t Written in English – Paradigm E9

What makes the biblical languages so important? Because the Bible was written in another time and culture, we need to... more

15 Nov 2021 · 58 minutes
Wisdom for Life’s Complexity – Paradigm E8

As followers of Jesus, how can we know we are making the “right” choice in situations the Bible doesn’t address?... more

08 Nov 2021 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Inspiration, Quiet Time, and Slaying Your Giants – Paradigm Q+R #1

How were the books of the Bible selected? What should we do if we have a hard time reading the... more

01 Nov 2021 · 1 hour, 19 minutes
In the Beginning – John 1

The apostle John is the most poetic of the Gospel storytellers, but what is he really communicating with his beautiful,... more

25 Oct 2021 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Literature for a Lifetime – Paradigm E6

What’s the ideal way to study the Bible? Is it 20 minutes of reading every morning or larger blocks of... more

18 Oct 2021 · 55 minutes
Who Is the Bible About? – Paradigm E5

Is the story of the Bible about humans or God? Because the Bible is about the Messiah—the God who became... more

11 Oct 2021 · 55 minutes
How the New Testament Came To Be – Paradigm E4

At first glance, the New Testament can seem wildly different from the Old Testament––but is it? Jesus saw himself as... more

04 Oct 2021 · 52 minutes
The Bible had Editors? – Paradigm E3

How can a collection of ancient manuscripts written by numerous people over thousands of years tell one unified story? In... more

27 Sep 2021 · 58 minutes
Who Wrote the Bible? – Paradigm E2

How does God work in the world and communicate with humanity? In this episode, Tim and Jon explore God’s relationship... more

20 Sep 2021 · 52 minutes
How Do You Read the Bible? – Paradigm E1

Have you ever read the Bible and felt like you’re not “getting it” or that you’re not connecting with God?... more

13 Sep 2021 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
Hyperlinks and Patterns in Jonah – Jonah E3

What makes a person worthy to be chosen by God to do his work? In the story of the Bible,... more

06 Sep 2021 · 54 minutes
Jonah's Literary Context – Jonah E2

The Hebrew Bible contains one story of human failure after another, leaving us with no doubt in our minds: humanity... more

30 Aug 2021 · 53 minutes
Our Assumptions About Jonah – Jonah E1

A stubborn prophet, a wicked nation, a giant fish––the story of Jonah is frequently translated into the popular imagination through... more

23 Aug 2021 · 54 minutes
The Most Quoted Verse in the Bible — Top 5: Re-Release E5

Does God hold children responsible for their parents’ sins? In the fifth installment of our most-listened-to podcast episodes, join Tim,... more

16 Aug 2021 · 58 minutes
What Does the Word "Gospel" Mean — Top 5: Re-Release E4

The word “gospel” has acquired many meanings since the biblical authors first used it. What does it really mean? In... more

09 Aug 2021 · 1 hour, 13 minutes
The Restless Craving for Rest––Top 5: Re-Release E3

Earn it, lose it, take it, spend it, save it––we talk about time like currency. The Sabbath can be confusing... more

02 Aug 2021 · 57 minutes
Humans Are...Trees? — Top 5: Re-Release E2

Humans are like trees. While this thought might not have been at the top of your mind this week, it... more

26 Jul 2021 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
Intro to Biblical Law — Top 5: Re-Release E1

God’s law––it can be an intimidating topic. Why are there over 600 laws? What do we do with them? We’re... more

19 Jul 2021 · 50 minutes
Timelines, Dinosaurs, and the Purpose of Creation – Ancient Cosmology Q+R

Are Genesis 1 and 2 literal? What’s up with the differing timelines in those chapters? Where are the dinosaurs in... more

12 Jul 2021 · 58 minutes
The Genealogical Adam and Eve – Feat. Dr. S. Joshua Swamidass

Did humans originate by intelligent design or the process of evolution? This question has been debated by the scientific community... more

05 Jul 2021 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
Even Chaos Praises God – Psalm 148

It’s easy to recognize the psalms as beautiful poems. But how do we understand their deeper meaning? How psalms are... more

28 Jun 2021 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
Genesis 1-2: Origins or Identity? – Feat. Dr. John Walton

How compatible is the Bible with science? And why does the creation story look different between Genesis 1 and 2?... more

21 Jun 2021 · 59 minutes
Rivers Flowing Upward – Ancient Cosmology E5

What does it mean that the biblical authors expected the return of Eden? The prophets anticipated waters of life from... more

14 Jun 2021 · 45 minutes
One Creation Story or Two? – Ancient Cosmology E4

Are there two creation stories in Genesis? How do Genesis 1 and 2 fit together and into the rest of... more

07 Jun 2021 · 40 minutes
The Greatest Elohim – Ancient Cosmology E3

The biblical authors often use creation imagery that clearly didn’t come from Genesis 1. Did they borrow from the creation... more

31 May 2021 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
Does the Bible Borrow from Other Creation Stories? – Ancient Cosmology E2

What is existence? What existed before humans did? Ancient people groups asked the same questions we do today, with totally... more

24 May 2021 · 1 hour, 20 minutes
Genesis 1 and the Origins of the Universe – Ancient Cosmology E1

What does the Bible really say about the origins of the universe? The biblical authors had a completely different framework... more

17 May 2021 · 34 minutes
In the Beginning with Lady Wisdom – Proverbs 8

Who was at the beginning of the cosmos with God? God’s Spirit? God’s word? Or Lady Wisdom? Rich with creation... more

10 May 2021 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Why Melchizedek Matters—Feat. Dr. Josh Mathews

Of all the people in the Hebrew Bible, why is Melchizedek so crucial for understanding Jesus? In this episode, join... more

03 May 2021 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Jesus, Melchizedek, and the Priestly Line – Feat. the Rev. Dr. Amy Peeler

Jesus is our priest, our atoning sacrifice––and our brother? In this episode, join Tim, Jon, and special guest the Rev.... more

26 Apr 2021 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Mark of the Priest or Mark of the Beast? – Priest E8 Q+R

Thanks to our audience for all your incredible questions! In this week’s episode, we tackle questions like: How could God... more

19 Apr 2021 · 46 minutes
We Are the Royal Priesthood – Priest E7

After Jesus’ disciples receive the Holy Spirit, they become God’s temple and the physical embodiment of Jesus on earth. This... more

12 Apr 2021 · 50 minutes
The Priest of Heaven and Earth – Priest E6

What does it mean for Jesus to be humanity’s cosmic priest? It means he intercedes on behalf of humanity––and so... more

05 Apr 2021 · 1 hour, 1 minute
The High Priest Showdown – Priest E5

Why were the Levitical priests always getting mad at Jesus? Jesus identified himself as another of God’s anointed priests––except he... more

29 Mar 2021 · 56 minutes
David, the Leaping Priest-King – Priest E4

What will God do with the continually failing Levitical priesthood? God announces that he will elect his own faithful priest... more

22 Mar 2021 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Doomed to Fail? – Priest E3

The origins of Israel’s royal priesthood are anything but glamorous. From Moses rejecting God five times to Aaron creating an... more

15 Mar 2021 · 49 minutes
Who Was Melchizedek? – Priest E2

What do Abraham, Melchizedek, and David all have in common? They’re part of the unfolding theme of the royal priesthood... more

08 Mar 2021 · 44 minutes
Priests of Eden – Priest E1

In the story of the Bible, all the main players are prophets, priests, or kings. While it might seem foreign... more

01 Mar 2021 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Babbling Babies Rule the World

A coming king and a bunch of crying babies? Psalm 8 can seem kind of confusing. But when we look... more

22 Feb 2021 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
Does the Church Supercede Israel? – Feat. Andrew Rillera

How can the book of Ephesians contribute to conversations surrounding modern race and justice issues? Tim and Jon interview New... more

15 Feb 2021 · 1 hour, 11 minutes
Reading While Black – Feat. Dr. Esau McCaulley

From biblical deconstruction to the responsibility of Jesus followers in government and social justice, we’re looking at what the Bible... more

08 Feb 2021 · 51 minutes
Why Do Cain's Descendants Show Up After the Flood? – Family of God E10 Q+R

Thank you to our audience for your incredible questions. In this week’s episode, we tackle questions like, did Adam represent... more

01 Feb 2021 · 1 hour, 1 minute
One Family Once More – Family of God E9

God’s plan has always been to bring all of humanity into one diverse and connected family. Jesus carried forward this... more

25 Jan 2021 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
The Powerful and Not Powerful – Family of God E8

In the book of Romans, Paul talks about humanity being justified by faith, but what does this have to do... more

18 Jan 2021 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
Who's In? – Family of God E7

God wants people from all nations to be a part of his family, but Jesus’ mission was focused on Israel.... more

11 Jan 2021 · 51 minutes
Jesus and the Gentiles – Family of God E6

Who did Jesus come for? Throughout the Gospel accounts, Jesus is laser-focused on Israel. Yet his ministry and even his... more

04 Jan 2021 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
BibleProject in 2020: Recap and What's Ahead

In this special year-end episode, Tim and Jon reflect on 2020, share stories from our listeners, and look ahead to... more

28 Dec 2020 · 32 minutes
Sibling Rivalry and Biblical Election – Family of God E5

Why do God’s chosen people have just as many moral failings as anyone else in the Bible? In this week’s... more

21 Dec 2020 · 56 minutes
Abraham, the Immigrant, and Circumcision – Family of God E4

What does divine election have to do with God’s blessing for all nations? In this week’s episode, we’re picking up... more

14 Dec 2020 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
What’s So Bad about Babel? – Family of God E3

What was so bad about the Tower of Babel? In this episode, Tim and Jon examine the cycle of division... more

07 Dec 2020 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
Our Collective Identity – Family of God E2

What is God’s picture of an ideal humanity? In this podcast episode, Tim and Jon look at Genesis 1-2 and... more

30 Nov 2020 · 56 minutes
God’s Global Family – Family of God E1

Jesus unites his followers across cultural and ethnic lines as members of his global family. But that doesn’t mean cultural... more

23 Nov 2020 · 1 hour,
Does God Punish Innocent People? – Character of God E14 Q+R #2

Sometimes the Bible seems to contradict itself––God is slow to anger, except for the times he appears to get mad... more

16 Nov 2020 · 59 minutes
Biblical Trust Isn't Blind – Character of God E13

Are we called to have blind trust in God? Not exactly. People in the Bible trusted God because he had... more

09 Nov 2020 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
The Loyal Love of God – Character of God E12

Despite generations of rebellion and sin, God continues to pursue his people with his promise-keeping loyalty and generosity. In this... more

02 Nov 2020 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
Saved from God’s Wrath – Character of God E11

God demonstrates his wrath by handing his people over to the natural consequences of their own destructive decisions, which ultimately... more

26 Oct 2020 · 56 minutes
Two Men Named Jesus – Character of God E10

Jesus saw himself as the one who would drink the cup of God’s wrath, which meant dying in Israel’s place... more

19 Oct 2020 · 59 minutes
God’s Wrath in the Teaching of Jesus – Character of God E9

It seems like God gets angry all the time in the Hebrew Bible, but then Jesus arrives on the scene... more

12 Oct 2020 · 43 minutes
A Cup of Wrath? – Character of God E8

Noses that burn hot? Turning your face away? Drinking a cup of wrath? These unfamiliar phrases are found in biblical... more

05 Oct 2020 · 58 minutes
The First Time God Gets Angry – Character of God E7

The flood is one of the most well-known stories in the Bible, yet this story of judgment seems to be... more

28 Sep 2020 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
God's Hot Nose – Character of God E6

In Exodus 34, God describes himself as “slow to anger,” but many people are uncomfortable with the portrait of God... more

21 Sep 2020 · 59 minutes
Does God Curse Generations? – Character of God E5 Q+R

Thank you to our audience for your incredible questions. In this week’s episode, we tackle questions like, “Is God the... more

14 Sep 2020 · 53 minutes
The Uniquely Biblical View of Grace – Character of God E4

Grace is such a familiar word that we often miss the depth of its meaning. In this episode, Tim, Jon,... more

07 Sep 2020 · 1 hour, 11 minutes
The Womb of God? - Character of God E3

God describes himself as “compassionate,” but what does that mean? The answer might surprise you. The Hebrew word for compassion... more

31 Aug 2020 · 59 minutes
A God of Our Own Making – Character of God E2

The golden calf story from the book of Exodus shows us how all of humanity continually tries to worship God... more

24 Aug 2020 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
The Most Quoted Verse in the Bible - Character of God E1

Who does God say he is? In this first episode of a new series, Tim, Jon, and Carissa look at... more

17 Aug 2020 · 55 minutes
How Much Context Do We Really Need? - Letters Q+R #2

This week, we finish our How to Read the Bible podcast series with one final Q+R episode where we answer... more

10 Aug 2020 · 56 minutes
4 Steps to Argument Tracing - Letters E9

The New Testament letters can be difficult to follow, but the right tools can help us unpack their rich meaning.... more

03 Aug 2020 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
Pen, Parchment, and People - Letters E8

Writing a letter in Paul’s day wasn’t as simple as grabbing a pen and paper and placing the finished letter... more

27 Jul 2020 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
Which New Testament Commands Should We Obey? Letters Q+R #1

Do we have to follow all the commands in the New Testament? Did Paul know his words were inspired? And... more

23 Jul 2020 · 56 minutes
Did Paul Actually Say That? - Letters E6

Did Paul actually say that? In this week’s podcast episode, Tim and Jon talk about how to wisely read the... more

20 Jul 2020 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
The Drama We Don’t Know - Letters E5

The New Testament letters were written to address specific situations among specific groups of people. In this episode, Tim and... more

13 Jul 2020 · 58 minutes
Honor-Shame Culture and the Gospel - Letters E4

Paul wrote his letters in the shadow of Rome. His words stood in stark contrast to Roman rule and its... more

06 Jul 2020 · 52 minutes
Honor-Shame Culture and the Gospel - Letters E4

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Paul wrote his letters in the shadow of Rome. His words stood in stark contrast to Roman rule and its honor-shame culture.... more