Studying the Bible can often be a challenge for several reasons, such as
- The cultural context
- The distance in history
As well as
- The style of literature itself
Those who take biblical study seriously will often equip themselves with commentaries, histories, and a host of other aids. But when it comes down to it, how do you know whether the commentator is coming to a valid conclusion? The simple truth is that you don’t.
Sure, you can compare commentaries and look for similar conclusions, but what about when they disagree? What if you are not in a place, such as a Sunday School class, or a Bible study and there’s just something not right?
What if you’re a new believer and you want to read the Bible for the first time, or an old believer and you want to read it with new eyes?
As I am always on the lookout for great, informative, and thoughtful information, I thought that I would pass along a new podcast that I have discovered: The Naked Bible Podcast (link for Google Play but it is also available on iTunes) by Dr. Michael Heiser.
A little about Dr. Heiser:
He has PhD and MA from University of Wisconsin-Madison in Hebrew and Semitic studies, an MA from the University of Pennsylvania in ancient history, is the scholar in residence at LOGOS Bible Software, is the adjunct professor of biblical studies at Liberty University, and teaches elementary Hebrew at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, as well as an author of both fiction and nonfiction books.
But in regards to this post, I would like to point out a number of podcasts that he has produced on studying the Bible in light of its literary style, including law, history, parable, and even comedy (yes, the Bible includes classical Greek comedy). Check it out and be prepared to learn something new so that you can get a deeper appreciation and understanding of the text.