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History in the Bible

A layman's guide to a 150 years of research in biblical studies and the archaeology of Israel and Judah. All the history, in all the books, in all the bibles. For forthcoming episodes, show notes, maps and charts, visit my site www.historyinthebible.com. If you are joining the show for the first time, you might want to check out the keynote episodes I list. These provide the background info and concepts used in later episodes. Episodes are released every second Sunday.
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All the history, in all the books, in all the Bibles.

A podcast exploring the latest critical research into the history in the Bible, the archaeological evidence behind it, and the ancient religion of the Israelites.

For a list of forthcoming episodes, show notes, maps, diagrams, and tables, visit my website at www.historyinthebible.com.

Jun 21, 2015

The opening chapters of Genesis recount two stories of creation, neither of which involves Satan. One is from the J source, the other from the P source. I compare these to the creation stories from ancient Mesopotamian sources. Genesis has always been more important to Christians than to Jews, who regared Exodus as telling the central story of Judaism.  Naturally, that leads to a discussion of Jewish attitudes to IVF.

Jun 7, 2015

Work by scholars from the late 19th century had established that five sources lay behind the Pentateuch. They came to be known by letters: J, E, P, and D. These theories were a mainstay of biblical studies until recently. Although questioned in the past 20 years, the theory known as the Documentary Hypothesis is still accounted a firm starting place for any sort of examination of the text of the Pentateuch. I also find out why the Bible is divided into chapters and verses.

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