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BibleProject

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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Episodes

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, 6 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
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The flood is one of the most well-known stories in the Bible, yet this story of judgment seems to be missing something... more