The Christian History Podcast

By Not Theology. Not pro this or anti that. Just how world history intersects with Christian history.

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Klaas
 Nov 25, 2018
Very thorough. Thanks so much for putting this online

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Not Theology. Just how world history intersects with Christian history.

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4.2 Leviticus Summary: Chapters 11 through 21
<p>In this episode, I summarize the second third or so of the book of Leviticus. Essentially, instructions God gives Moses and he then relays to the people concerning dietary restrictions, cleanliness, skin diseases, atonement, and how priests are to be better behaved than the populace. There are also more rules concerning behavior, including the Golden Rule, later quoted by Christ. Leviticus is traditionally considered one of the hardest books of the Bible to digest, and we’re working through it one bit at a time. After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Aug 16, 2019
4.1 Leviticus Summary: Chapters 1 through 10
<p>In this episode, summarize the first third or so of the book of Leviticus. Essentially, instructions God gives Moses and he then relays to the people concerning sacrifices, offerings, and cleanliness. Leviticus is traditionally considered one of the hardest books of the Bible to digest, and we’re working through it one bit at a time. After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Aug 09, 2019
3.91 Exodus Summary
<p> </p> <p class="MsoHeader">In this episode, I wrap up this the 3rd chapter of the podcast with a summary of the book of Exodus. After over 300,000 words, more than ten times that found in the book itself.</p> <p class="MsoHeader">After listening, let me know what you think.</p> <p> </p>
Aug 02, 2019
3.90 Bezalel and Oholiab; the Tablets; the Golden Calf
<p>In this episode, I continue working my way through the peoples, places, and things found in the book of Exodus, the two men tasked with building the Tent of Meeting, and everything in it, specifically Bezalel and Oholiab. I also cover the tablets of the Ten Commandments, sometimes called the tablets of treaty, or the tablets of testimony, or the two tables of testimony. Finally, the episode wraps up with the golden calf. After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Jul 26, 2019
3.89 The Census and Tax; Anointing Oil
<p>In this episode, I continue working my way through the peoples, places, and things found in the book of Exodus, specifically covering the first census along with the associated head tax. A tax that morphed into the temple tax, lasting through 70 AD. I also delve into the mixing and use of the first anointing oil. After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Jul 19, 2019
3.88 The Consecration of the 1st Priests, The 1st Sacrifices, The Bronze Basin
<p>In this episode, I continue working my way through the peoples, places, and things found in the book of Exodus. After finishing the priestly vestments in the last episode, I cover the consecration of the first priests, along with everything in the Tabernacle. I also cover the first sacrificial rituals and the bronze wash basin, all from the same section in Exodus. After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Jul 12, 2019
3.87 The Priestly Vestments Pt. 2: The Ephod, Robe, Diadem, Turban, Sash
<p>In this episode, I continue working my way through the peoples, places, and things found in the book of Exodus. In the last episode, I began the history of the priestly vestments with the breastpiece. In this episode, I cover the remaining parts of the uniform, the ephod, robe, diadem, turban, and sash. After listening, let me know what you think</p>
Jul 05, 2019
3.86 The Altar of Incense and Priestly Vestments: The Breastpiece
<p>In this episode, I continue working my way through the peoples, places, and things found in the book of Exodus. Since I covered the Altar of Burnt Offering in the last episode, I skip ahead a bit to Exodus 30 to delve into the Altar of Incense. Then, I circle back to the hangings of the Court of the Tabernacle. Finally, I wrap up with the Priest’s Breastpiece, the first part of several of the Priests’ vestments. After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Jun 28, 2019
3.85 The Altar of Burnt Offering
<p>In this episode, I continue working my way through the peoples, places, and things found in the book of Exodus. In Chapter 27, just after the Tabernacle, is the Altar of Burnt Offering. You will sometimes see it called also called the Brasen Altar, the Outer Altar, the Earthen Altar, the Great Altar and the Table of the Lord. I trace the history of the various iterations of the altar through its destruction at the hands of the Romans. After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Jun 21, 2019
3.84 The Tabernacle aka The Tent of Meeting
<p>In this episode, I continue working my way through the peoples, places, and things found in the book of Exodus. In Chapter 25, just after the golden Lampstand, it the Tabernacle. You will sometimes see it called the Tent of Meeting or the Tent of the Congregation. And, for the ancient Israelites, it was the holiest of all places, until Solomon built the First Temple. After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Jun 14, 2019
3.83 The Golden Lampstand aka The Menorah
<p>In this episode, I continue working my way through the peoples, places, and things found in the book of Exodus. In Chapter 25, just after the Table of the Bread of the Presence, is the golden Lampstand, more modernly known as the menorah. The lamp that lit the interior of the Tabernacle and was thought to show the presence of God to the ancient Israelites. After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Jun 07, 2019
3.82 The Table of the Bread of the Presence and the Showbread
<p>In this episode, I continue working my way through the peoples, places, and things found in the book of Exodus. In Chapter 25, Just after the Ark of the Covenant, is the Table of the Bread of the Presence, and on that table is the Showbread. Never heard of either? That’s why I do the podcast. After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
May 31, 2019
3.81 The Mercy Seat, Cherubim, Day of Atonement
<p>In this episode, I continue working my way through the peoples, places, and things found in the book of Exodus. Which gets me to two specific features of the Ark of the Covenant, the Mercy Seat and Cherubim. Associated with the Mercy Seat is the Day of Atonement, which modern Jews celebrate as Yom Kippur. After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
May 24, 2019
3.80 The Ark of the Covenant Pt. 2
<p>In this episode, I continue working my way through the peoples, places, and things found in the book of Exodus. Which gets me to the history of the Ark of the Covenant. The episode focuses on the history of the Ark outside of the Bible, including mentions in the Quran. I also cover many of the potential hiding places for the yet to be uncovered artifact. After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
May 17, 2019
3.79 The Ark of the Covenant Pt. 1
<p>In this episode, I continue working my way through the peoples, places, and things found in the book of Exodus. Which gets me to the history of the Ark of the Covenant. The episode focuses on the direction from God concerning its construction, the desert wanderings, crossing the Jordan into Canaan, all the way through King Josiah. Which includes the time it was seized by the Philistines, during the period of the Judges. After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
May 10, 2019
3.78 Acacia Wood and Onyx Stone
<p>In this episode, I continue working my way through the peoples, places, and things found in the book of Exodus. And in this episode, I cover acacia wood. According to Exodus, the Tabernacle, Ark of the Covenant, and many of the other religious pieces were constructed from this tree. I also cover onyx stone, which was part of the priests’ garments. After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
May 03, 2019
3.77 The Festival Ingathering (Feast of Tabernacles, Sukkot, Harvest Festival, Festival of Booths)
<p>In this episode, I continue working my way through the peoples, places, and things found in the book of Exodus. And in this episode, I cover the Festival of Ingathering mandated by God in Exodus chapter 23. It’s also known as the Feast of Tabernacles, Sukkot, Harvest Festival, Festival of Booths. After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Apr 26, 2019
3.76 The Festival Harvest (Feast of Weeks, Shavuot, Jewish Pentecost)
<p>In this episode, I continue working my way through the peoples, places, and things found in the book of Exodus. And in this episode, I cover the Festival of Harvest mandated by God in Exodus chapter 23. It’s also known as the Feast of Weeks, Shavuot, and the Pentecost. After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Apr 19, 2019
3.75 The Festival of Unleavened Bread and FAQs
<p>In this episode, I continue working my way through the peoples, places, and things found in the book of Exodus. I spend most of the episode covering the first of three festivals mandated in Exodus chapter 23. The first is the Festival of Unleavened Bread but is frequently called by the night at the beginning of the celebration, Passover. I also address several of the most frequently asked questions about the podcast. After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Apr 12, 2019
3.74 Biblical Sabbaticals and the Podcast’s 3rd Anniversary
<p>In this episode, I continue working my way through the peoples, places, and things found in the book of Exodus. I spend most of the episode covering the concept of a biblical sabbatical, essentially every 7th year, when the land was to lay fallow. This is also the 3rd anniversary of the podcast, and I provide what’s become my annual update. After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Apr 05, 2019
3.73 The 10 Commandments, Servitude and Slavery
<p>In this episode, I continue working my way through the peoples, places, and things found in the book of Exodus. I spend a small amount of time on the 10 Commandments, but there is little mention of people, places, or things in the list, so I quickly move on. Next is perhaps one of the most contentious subjects in the Bible, servitude and slavery. IN the episode is a deep dive into how these people were treated at the time and in the later years. After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Mar 28, 2019
3.72 Mt. Sinai and the Position of Judge
<p>In this episode, I continue working my way through the peoples, places, and things found in the book of Exodus. Which gets me to perhaps the most well-known mountain in the Old Testament, Mt. Sinai, where Moses received the 10 Commandments from God. I also introduce the concept of biblical Judges but save the history of the specific judges for a later episode. After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Mar 22, 2019
3.71 The Amalekites, Rephidim, Meribah, and Massah
<p>In this episode, I continue working my way through the peoples, places, and things found in the book of Exodus. Which gets me to the people the Israelites would come to view as their prototypical enemy, the Amalekites. All of their future conflicts and foes would be judged against these people. So, who were they, and how were they related to Abraham or Noah? Listen and find out. I also cover what little is known about Rephidim, Meribah, and Massah. After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Mar 15, 2019
3.70 Manna from Heaven
<p>In this episode, I continue working my way through the peoples, places, and things found in the book of Exodus. Which brings me to the topic of manna. What is this food? Is it bread, or something else? Tune in and learn. I also cover the instituting of the first sabbath. After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Mar 08, 2019
3.69 Date Palms, Oases, Reeds, Omers, and the Sinai Peninsula3.69 Date Palms, Oases, Reeds, Omers, and the Sinai Peninsula
<p>In this episode, I continue working my way through the peoples, places, and in this episode, the things found in the book of Exodus. Like I promised last week, in this episode I circle back to both date palms and oases, as seen earlier in the book. Then, forging ahead, I cover reeds, as seen in the Sea of Reeds, but also in the beginning of the book when Moses was placed in a papyrus basket among the reeds. I also cover the dry measurement known as an omer and the Sinai Peninsula. After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Mar 01, 2019
3.68 Migdol, Baal-zephon, The Red Sea, The Sea of Reeds, Marah, Elim, Wildernesses of Sin & Shur
<p>In this episode, I continue working my way through the people and places found in the book of Exodus. I cover the stations of Migdol, Marah, and Elim, along with Baal-zephon, The Red Sea, The Sea of Reeds, and the Wildernesses of Sin &amp; Shur. In all of these, with the exception of the Red Sea, we know surprisingly little. After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Feb 22, 2019
3.67 The Tribe of Levi; Shiphrah, Puah, Midian, Horeb, Goshen, Etham, Pi-Hahiroth
<p>In this episode, I continue my circle back wrapping up the tribes of Israel with Levi. Then, I continue working through Exodus covering the midwives Shiphrah and Puah, the Midianites, Mt. Horeb, and the locations of Goshen, Etham, and Pi-Hahiroth, or at least the little that is known about all of these. After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Feb 15, 2019
3.66 The Tribes of Dan, Judah, Benjamin, and Simeon
<p>In this episode, I continue my circle back to the beginning of Exodus to cover the people and places in the book. Picking up where I left off last, I cover the Tribes of Dan, Judah, Benjamin, and Simeon. At least to the extent of what is known about these people. After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Feb 08, 2019
3.65 The Tribes of Ephraim, Zebulun, Asher, Naphtali, and the House of Joseph
<p>In this episode, I continue my circle back to the beginning of Exodus to cover the people and places in the book. Picking up where I left off last, I cover the Tribes of Ephraim, Zebulun, Asher, Naphtali, and the House of Joseph. At least to the extent of what is known about these people. After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Feb 01, 2019
3.64 The Tribes of Reuben, Gad, and Manasseh
<p>In this episode, I circle back to the beginning of Exodus to cover the people and places in the book. Well, those other than the Egyptians. And I begin in the beginning of the book, Chapter 1, Verse 2, with the tribe of Reuben. Also in the episode, I cover what is known about the tribes of Gad and Manasseh. After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Jan 25, 2019
3.63 Egyptian History Summary Pt. 2: The Middle Kingdom through the Romans
<p>After over a year, I’ve finally finished the history of Egypt, and summarized over 10,000 years into two episodes. A survey of the history indeed. In this 2nd part of two, I cover the history from the Middle Kingdom through the era of Roman occupation, so from about 1650 BC to just after the start of AD, and when Jesus, Mary, and Joseph were living there in exile. After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Jan 18, 2019
3.62 Egyptian History Summary Pt. 1: Prehistory through the Middle Kingdom
<p> </p> <p class="MsoHeader">Today the 62nd episode of the 3rd chapter was published on Blubrry and is also available on iTunes. After over a year, I’ve finally almost finished the history of Egypt. Now just to summarize in two parts. In this first part, I cover the period from prehistory through the Middle Kingdom, so from before 10,000 BC to about 1,650 BC. After listening, let me know what you think.</p> <p> </p>
Jan 11, 2019
3.61 Roman Culture Instituted in Egypt
<p>After over a year, this is the last of the deep dives into ancient Egyptian history. In this episode, I cover how Rome instituted their culture in Egypt including their military, path to citizenship, tax and economic policies, and the caste system. I also walk through how these impacted the exiled Joseph, Mary, and Jesus. Finally, I cover the transition from Herod the Great to his son and successor Herod Archelaus, and how this allows us to timestamp when the young Jesus’ family returned from Egypt. After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Jan 04, 2019
3.60 Antony and Cleopatra Depart While Rome Takes Full Control Over Egypt
<p>In this last part of several episodes, I wrap up the history of Cleopatra the 7th, Marc Antony, and their on-going conflict with Antony’s fellow Roman leader, Octavian. In the end, Octavian wins out, and becomes the first emperor of Rome, Caesar Augustus. Egypt comes to be controlled by a Roman prefect, who attempts to keep the formerly great nation reliably Roman. After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Dec 28, 2018
S1.1 Who Were The Wisemen?
<p class="MsoNormal">This is a rebraodcast of an episode from 2 years ago, and certainly does not fit with the point in history where the podcast finds itself today. But, pertinent for the Christmas holiday. Sometime in the future, when the historical chronology of the bible warrants it, I’ll work this episode into its proper sequence. This week is more than you may have ever wanted to know about the <i>three</i> wisemen.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"></p> <p class="MsoNormal">After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Dec 22, 2018
3.59 Cleopatra, Marc Antony, Octavian: Roman Rule over Egypt Part 3
<p>In this third part of four episodes, I cover the history of Cleopatra the 7th, and her interactions with Marc Antony, and their on-going conflict with Antony’s fellow ruler, and member of the triumvirate, Octavian. A conflict that escalated to a full war. After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Dec 21, 2018
3.58 Cleopatra, Marc Antony, Octavian: Roman Rule over Egypt Part 2
<p>In this second part of three episodes, I cover the history of Cleopatra the 7th, and her interactions with Marc Antony. Embedded in this was the continued power struggle between Antony and Octavian. Each one attempting to checkmate the other. After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Dec 14, 2018
3.57.1 Cleopatra, Julius Caesar, and Roman Rule over Egypt
<p>In this first part of three episodes, I cover the history of Cleopatra the 7th, certainly the most famous Cleopatra of them all. This history includes her exile with her father, Ptolemy the 12th when her older sister forcibly took the throne. Then she and her father returned, taking power back. She would co-rule with her brother and have a child with Julius Caesar. All of this in this episode, with enough left over for next week. After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Dec 13, 2018
3.57 Cleopatra, Julius Caesar, and Roman Rule over Egypt
<p>In this first part of three episodes, I cover the history of Cleopatra the 7th, certainly the most famous Cleopatra of them all. This history includes her exile with her father, Ptolemy the 12th when her older sister foricibly took the throne. Then she and her father returned, taking power back. She would co-rule with her brother and have a child with Julius Caesar. All of this in this episode, with enough left over for next week. After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Dec 13, 2018
3.56 Competing Egyptian Greek Rulers Invite the Romans to Egypt
<p>In this episode, I cover the histories of Ptolemy the 8th, 7th,9th, all the way to the 12th. In that order. This also includes a few iterations of Cleopatras and Berenices. So, the time period between 169 and 51 BC. All throughout the episode, we can see how the Romans are slowly gaining incremental control over Egypt. A time setting the stage for the arrival of the toddler Jesus to Egypt. After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Nov 30, 2018
3.55 Greek Rule in Egypt: Ptolemy the 3rd through Ptolemy the 6th
<p>In this episode, I cover the history of Ptolemaic Egypt between Ptolemy the 3rd Euergetes and Ptolemy the 6th Philometor. So, the time period between 245 and 145 BC. In this period were several wars in Syria, a potential failed attempt by a Ptolemy to enter the 2nd temple, and internal conflict. A time setting the stage for the arrival of the toddler Jesus to Egypt. After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Nov 23, 2018
3.54 Greek Rule in Egypt: The Library at Alexandria Pt. 2 and Ptolemy the 2nd
<p>In this episode, I finish the history of the Library at Alexandria, covering it until it disappears from history sometime before the turn of the 4th century AD. I also restart on the history of the Greek rulers of Egypt, discussing the history of Ptolemy the 2nd Philadelphus. After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Nov 16, 2018
3.53 Greek Rule in Egypt: The Library at Alexandria and Euclid
<p>In this episode, I cover the father of Geometry, Euclid, who lived in Alexandria while Ptolemy the 1st ruled. I also discuss the first half of the history of the legendary Library at Alexandria. It was here that the circumference of the Earth was calculated, Archimedes invented his water pumping screw, and alphabetical order was first used. And so much more. After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Nov 09, 2018
3.52 Greek Rule in Egypt: Alexander and Ptolemy
<p>In this episode, I cover the period when Alexander expanded the Greek kingdom to its largest extent, from Europe to North Africa, and as far east as parts of India. And then, quite unexpectedly and at the young age of 32, he died. And without a clear heir. The formerly great kingdom was plunged into civil war. I wrap up with the history of Ptolemy, the first post-Alexander ruler of Greek Egypt. After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Nov 02, 2018
3.51 The 3rd Intermediate Period Part 9: Alexander the Great takes over Egypt
<p>In this episode, I cover the defeat of the Persians by the Macedonians, led by Alexander the Great. At the time, Persia was ruled by Darius the 3rd. The Persians and the Greeks would fight several great battles. I cover several of these, including the Battle at Gaza, which would give the Greeks control of Egypt. Alexander would journey to the African nation, initiate the building of Alexandria, the return to defeat Darius and take control of the whole Persian Empire. After listening, let me know what you think</p>
Oct 26, 2018
3.50 The 3rd Intermediate Period Part 8: Egypt Ruled by Persia Part 3
<p>In this episode, I continue to work my way through the period when Egypt was ruled by the Persians, then were briefly independent, only to be subjugated by the Persians again. This period included many conflicts with the Persians, and two different native Pharaohs who would flee their own country. One escaping to his sworn enemy, the Persians, and the other to Nubia. Overall, this episode covers Egypt between the years 361 and 338 BC. After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Oct 19, 2018
3.49 The 3rd Intermediate Period Part 7: Egypt Ruled by Persia Part 2
<p>In this episode, I continue to work my way through the period when Egypt was ruled by the Persians. Beginning at the end of Artaxerxes’s reign with his successor Xerxes the 2nd, through a progression of short-lived rulers. Egypt would gain independence under Pharaoh Amyrtaeus, the only ruler of the 28th Dynasty. He was succeeded by Nepherites of the 29th Dynasty who would continue to battle the Persians for Egyptian independence. I continue through the reign of Pharaoh Nectanebo. Overall, this episode covers Egypt between the years 425 and 362 BC. After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Oct 12, 2018
3.48 The 3rd Intermediate Period Part 6: Egypt Ruled by Persia
<p>In this episode, I work my way through the period when Egypt was ruled by the Persians. Beginning at the end of Darius’s reign, through Xerxes, including a summary of the war with Greece, the assassination of Xerxes, and through the end of Artaxerxes rule. I also cover what is known about the satrap’s who governed Egypt and the internal rebellions in that ancient kingdom. The episode covers the history of the country between the years of 487 and 424 BC. After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Oct 05, 2018
3.47 The 3rd Intermediate Period Part 5: The 26th and 27th Dynasties
<p>In this episode, I finish the history of the 26th Dynasty, the last native rulers for a bit. I then start on the reign of the Persians, which are considered the 27th Dynasty. Both of these factor into the history found in the Old Testament. And, the episode covers the history of the country between the years of 595 and 486 BC. After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Sep 28, 2018
3.46 The 3rd Intermediate Period Part 4: The 25th and 26th Dynasties
<p>In this episode, I wrap up the 25th and make significant progress through the 26th Dynasties of the 3rd Intermediate Period. And, in the transition from the 25th to 26th, I have to backtrack, so the episode covers ancient Egypt between 664 to 589 BC. During this period, power shifted back from Nubia to the Delta region. Interactions with the Assyrians, Judeans, and Babylonians were frequent, and one of the Pharaohs, Necho the 2nd, merited several mentions in the Old Testament. It’s even written that God spoke through him. Listen to learn how all of this unfolded. After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Sep 21, 2018
3.45 The 3rd Intermediate Period Part 3: The 23rd, 24th, and 25th Dynasties
<p>In this episode, I make my way through the 23rd, 24th, and partially through the 25th Dynasties of the 3rd Intermediate Period. Essentially ancient Egypt from 837 to 664 BC. During this period, power shifted from the northern region to Nubia, but not before a few competing rulers would try to seize the whole land. The Assyrians were the rising power in the northeast, and Egypt’s clashes with the Assyrians were recorded not only in Egypt, but also in the books of 2nd Kings and Isaiah, as well as Greek records.  Listen to learn how all of this unfolded. After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Sep 14, 2018
3.44 The 3rd Intermediate Period Part 2: The 22nd Dynasty
<p>In this episode, I cover the 22nd Dynasty’s reign during the 3rd Intermediate Period. This is the period from about 945 to 720 BC. There were sporadic interactions with the Hebrews in Canaan during this period, some of which merited brief mentions in the Old Testament. But, towards the end of the dynasty, the rulers of Lower Egypt would fall to the former vassal state of Kush, aka Nubia. Listen to learn how all of this unfolded. After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Sep 07, 2018
3.43 The Transition from the New Kingdom to the 3rd Intermediate Period
<p>In this episode, I wrap up the New Kingdom, covering Ramses 10 and 11. And when 11 died, so did the New Kingdom, plunging the declining country into the 3rd Intermediate Period. This period begins with the 21st Dynasty, and I manage to make it through these leaders and into the 22nd. Two of these rulers, one from the 21st and the other from the 22nd, are potentially mentioned in the Old Testament. Listen to find out the roles they played. After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Aug 31, 2018
3.42 The New Kingdom Part 11: Setnakhte, Ramses 3-9
<p>In this episode, I continue working my way through the ancient Egyptian New Kingdom, beginning in the 20th Dynasty. And, I make it from Pharaoh Setnakhte then Ramses the 3rd through Ramses the 9th. So, the period of 1189 to 1111 BC. I also cover the apparently self-made Egyptian governor of Canaan, a man known as Irsu. Next week, I’ll finish the 20th Dynasty and begin the 21st. After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Aug 24, 2018
3.41 The New Kingdom Part 10: Merneptah, Seti II, Siptah, Queen Twosret
<p>In this episode, I continue working my way through the ancient Egyptian New Kingdom, the remaining Pharaohs of the 19th Dynasty: Merneptah, Seti II, Amenmesse, Siptah, and Queen Twosret. So, the period of 1213 to 1189 BC. These rulers, while none reigned for any great period, did have a lasting impression of the history of Egypt. I also dive into a foreign leader who would rise to great power in Egypt, only to have a rapid fall leading to his execution. Next week, I’ll press the accelerator as I begin the history of the 20th Dynasty. After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Aug 17, 2018
3.40 The New Kingdom Part 9: Ramesses II
<p>In this episode, I continue working my way through the ancient Egyptian New Kingdom, covering the domestic policy and accomplishments of Ramesses the 2nd. Ramesses the Great ruled between 1279 and 1213 BC. He built many temples, palaces, and other structures, but unfortunately, few have stood the test of time. Listen to learn the surprises his mummy revealed. Next week, I’ll continue the history of Ramesses, including his potential role in the Exodus. After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Aug 10, 2018
3.39 The New Kingdom Part 8: Seti the 1st and Ramesses the 2nd
<p>In this episode, I continue working my way through the ancient Egyptian New Kingdom, covering Pharaohs Seti the 1st and Ramesses the 2nd. This father and son duo ruled between 1290 and 1213 BC. While covering the entire reign of Seti, time permits me to only cover the foreign exploits of Rameses. And this included many legendary military campaigns in Canaan. Next week, I’ll continue the history of Ramesses, including his potential role in the Exodus. After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Aug 03, 2018
3.38 The New Kingdom Part 7
<p>In this episode, I continue working my way through the ancient Egyptian New Kingdom, covering Pharaohs Ay, Horemheb, and Ramesses the 1st, spanning the years 1323 through 1290 BC. Which also marks the transition from the 18th to the 19th Dynasty. Depending on the Exodus date you choose to subscribe to, this was either after the 40 years of wandering, or just before the Exodus. And, the Egyptian Empire controlled much of Canaan at this time, so either way, the Pharaoh influenced the lives of the Israelites. Next week, I’ll continue the history of the New Kingdom. After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Jul 27, 2018
3.37 The New Kingdom Part 6
<p>In this episode, I continue working my way through the ancient Egyptian New Kingdom, covering Pharaohs Smenkhkare, Neferneferuaten, and one of the most famous Kings, and that is Tut. Which is ironic considering that not long after his death, the Egyptians consciously tried to forget him. They reigned between 1335 and 1323 BC. Depending on the Exodus date you choose to believe, this was either just after the 40 years of wandering, or just before the Exodus. And, the Egyptian Empire controlled much of Canaan at this time, so either way, the Pharaoh influenced the lives of the Israelites. Next week, I’ll continue the history of the New Kingdom. After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Jul 20, 2018
3.36 The New Kingdom Part 5
<p>In this episode, I continue the journey through the ancient Egyptian New Kingdom, covering Pharaohs Akhenaten and Smenkhkare. They reigned between 1353 and 1334 BC. Depending on the Exodus date you choose to believe, this was either just after the 40 years of wandering, or just before the Exodus. And, the Egyptian Empire controlled much of Canaan at this time, so either way, the Pharaoh influenced the lives of the Israelites. Next week, I’ll continue the history of the New Kingdom. After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Jul 13, 2018
3.35 The New Kingdom Part 4
<p>In this episode, I pick up where I left off a few episodes ago with the history of the New Kingdom, covering Pharaoh Amenhotep the 2nd, Thutmose the 4th, and Amenhotep the 4th. Their reigns spanned the years 1427 through 1353 BC and represent the high point of Egyptian civilization in the period. Next week, I’ll continue the history of the New Kingdom. After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Jul 06, 2018
3.34 When was the Exodus? Part 2
<p>In this episode, the second of two, I dive deeper into the theories that attempt to date the Exodus. First, I take a look at the archaeological evidence that researchers have offered in an attempt to place the events in a timeline, focusing on various cities in Canaan. I also look at the known Egyptian history and align it with the biblical narrative. Next week, I’ll restart the history of the New Kingdom. After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Jun 29, 2018
3.33 When was the Exodus? Part 1
<p> <p class="MsoNormal">In this episode, the first part of two, I cover a couple of the theories attempting to date the Exodus event. In most of these, historians attempt to align the events found in the Book of Exodus with historical evidence. I also explore the 1450 date I’ve been referring to. Next week, I’ll wrap up the theories around the date of the Exodus. After listening, let me know what you think.</p> </p>
Jun 22, 2018
3.32 The New Kingdom Part 3; Thutmose III
<p>In this episode, I cover Thutmose the 3rd, whole ruled ancient Egypt in from about 1479 to 1425 BC. According to Rabbinical Judaism, this is the period when the Exodus occurred. Most historians consider him to be a great military leader, having expanded the empire to the largest extent seen up to that period. Next week, I’ll continue the history of the Egyptian New Kingdom. After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Jun 15, 2018
3.31 The New Kingdom Part 2
<p>In this episode, I cover the first next three rulers of the New Kingdom, Thutmose the 1st and 2nd, as well as Queen Hatshepsut. But, Thutmose the 3rd was also on the throne at the time, but he was too young to rule. These are essentially the year 1506 through 1458 BC, so just before the proposed time of the Exodus. Next week, I’ll continue the history of the Egyptian New Kingdom. After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Jun 08, 2018
3.30 The New Kingdom Part 1
<p>In this episode, I cover the last couple of rulers from both the Hyksos and the Egyptian 17th Dynasties. Knowledge of the life and times of both groups are necessary to understand the New Kingdom. I then get started on the first ruler of the New Kingdom, Amenhotep the 1st, who died around the time that it’s believed Moses was exiled to Midian. Next week, I’ll continue the history of the Egyptian New Kingdom. After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Jun 01, 2018
3.29 The Hyksos
<p>In this episode, I cover what is known about the Hyksos. A people originally from Canaan who would rule part of Egypt during the Second Intermediate Period. What do they have in common with the Biblical account of the Israelites exiled to the same country? Listen and find out. Next week, I’ll begin the Egyptian New Kingdom. After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
May 25, 2018
3.28 Egyptian Second Intermediate Period
<p>In this episode, I walk through the history of the Middle Kingdom from about 1806 to 1550 BC. This was the most probable period when the Israelites lived in exile in Egypt. I also touch on the several concurrent dynasties of the period, including the Hyksos. These immigrants from Canaan seem extremely familiar. Listen to find out why. Next week, I’ll do a deeper dive into the Hyksos. After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
May 18, 2018
3.27 Egyptian Middle Kingdom Pt. 2
<p>In this episode, I walk through the history of the Middle Kingdom from about 1914 to 1806 BC. It was sometime during this period where Joseph was sold into Egyptian slavery, sent to prison, released, and became the vizier of Egypt. Probably towards the end of the period, his bothers make their multiple trips to the kingdom, and finally his father, Jacob, and the rest of his family arrived there. The beginning of the 400 or so year exile. And, this episode walks through the country he would have experienced. Next week, I’ll continue the history of the Middle Kingdom. After listening, let me know what you think.</p> <p>https://www.facebook.com/ChristianHistoryPodcast/</p>
May 11, 2018
3.26 Egyptian Middle Kingdom Pt. 1
<p>In this episode, I cover the first 120 years of the Egyptian Middle Kingdom. It was during this time that Abram and his family probably journey to the land of the Pharaohs and Pyramids. I talk through the forces that reunited the land and the societal dynamics that Abram would have encountered. Next week, I’ll continue the history of the Middle Kingdom. After listening, let me know what you think.</p> <p>https://www.facebook.com/ChristianHistoryPodcast/</p>
May 04, 2018
3.25 Egyptian First Intermediate Period
<p> <p class="MsoNormal">In this episode, I cover the entire 1st Intermediate period. In the episode, you’ll learn why we know so little of the history of this time. Also, I cover how the previously powerful kingdom was spilt up. I then walk through the precursors to the reemergence of the empire. Next week, I’ll begin the history of the Middle Kingdom. After listening, let me know what you think.</p> </p>
Apr 27, 2018
3.24 Egyptian Old Kingdom Pt. 3
<p>In this episode, I wrap up the Egyptian Old Kingdom by working through the 5th and 6th Dynasties. The reigns of the Pharaohs Neferefre, Shepseskare, Menkauhor, Djedkare, Unas, Teti, and the two Pepis. Throughout these two dynasties, the power and prestige of the empire shrank while the administrative ranks of the government swelled. Next week, I’ll begin the history of the First Intermediate Period. After listening, let me know what you think.</p> <p>https://www.facebook.com/ChristianHistoryPodcast/</p> <p></p>
Apr 20, 2018
3.23 Egyptian Old Kingdom Pt. 2
<p>In this episode, I wrap up the Egyptian 4th Dynasty and work about a third of the way through the 5th. Pharaohs such as Djedefre, Khafre, Menkaure, Shepseskaf, Userkaf, Sahure, and Neferirkare are covered. Essentially the years 2566 BC through the next 100 or so years. In this era, pyramids got smaller while Sun Temples grew in importance. Next week, I’ll continue working through the Old Kingdom. After listening, let me know what you think.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/christian-history-podcast/id1095530140?mt=2">https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/christian-history-podcast/id1095530140?mt=2</a></p> <p>https://www.facebook.com/ChristianHistoryPodcast/</p>
Apr 13, 2018
3.22 Egyptian 2nd Dynasty Pt 3, 3rd Dynasty, Old Kingdom Pt 1
<p>Today the 22nd episode of the 3rd chapter was published on Blubrry and is also available on iTunes. In this episode, I wrap up the Egyptian 2nd Dynasty, work all the way through the 3rd, and begin the 4th Dynasty. And, it’s the 4th Dynasty that marks the beginning of the Old Kingdom. Why does this matter? It was during the 4th Dynasty, so also the Old Kingdom, that many of the monuments that still exist were built. Like the Pyramids. The same structures that Abraham, Isaac, Josephs and his brothers, Aaron, and of course Moses, all stared upon. The same ones you can visit today. Next week, I’ll continue working through the Old Kingdom. After listening, let me know what you think.</p> <p>https://www.facebook.com/ChristianHistoryPodcast/</p> <p> </p>
Apr 07, 2018
3.21 Egyptian 2nd Dynasty Pt. 2 and The Palermo Stone
<p>This episode marks the 2nd anniversary of the podcast, and I take a few minutes and give a peek behind the curtain. I also walk through the Pharaohs of the middle part of the 2nd Dynasty, around the 28th century BC. I end the episode with the history of the Palermo Stone, and its related artifacts. Next week, I’ll wrap up the 2nd Dynasty and begin the 3rd. After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Mar 30, 2018
3.20 Egyptian 1st Dynasty Pt. 2 & 2nd Dynasty Pt. 1
<p>This episode covers the end of the 1st Dynast and the beginning of the 2nd. Pharaohs Anedjib, Semerkhet, and Qa’a wrap up the 1st Dynasty. Then, there’s a few lesser known Pharaohs: Hotepsekhemwy and Sneferka. And even one known as Horus Bird. You’ll have to listen to find out why he was called that. Then there was Raneb or was it Nebra. I also walk through the history of the Turing King List. Next week, I’ll continue working through the 2nd Dynasty. After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Mar 23, 2018
3.19 Egyptian 1st Dynasty Pt. 1
<p>This episode covers the several Pharaohs after Narmer, which include Hor-Aha, Djer, Djet, and Den all of the 1st Dynasty and midway through the 30th century BC. There’s also Merneith, possibly the first female monarch in history. I also cover the history of their tombs, including the people buried with them and our current understanding of this practice. Finally, there’s the intersection of history with the plagues found in Exodus. Next week, I’ll continue working through the 1st Dynasty. After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Mar 16, 2018
3.18 Pre-Dynastic Egypt: Menes & Narmer
<p>This episode covers what is known about the reign of the 1st Pharaoh, is it Menes or Narmer? Or one in the same? Listen to learn of the legendary Menes and the animal he rode while uniting Egypt and the other fearsome beast that was his undoing. I also cover Red and White Egypt, and how these two distinct kingdoms united to form the whole of Egypt. Next week, I’ll continue working through the Pre-Dynastic period. After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Mar 09, 2018
3.17 Ancient Egyptian Religion Part 3 and Egyptian Prehistory
<p>In this episode, I finish the summary of the ancient Egyptians’ religion. In this episode, I’m discussing how magic was important to their religion and talk through its mention in Exodus. Also, I discuss the importance of the Nile to the religion. Then, I finally begin to deep dive into the history, working through what is known about the cultures that make up their pre-history, through about 3100 BC. Next week, I’ll begin in the Proto-Dynastic period. After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Mar 02, 2018
3.16 Ancient Egyptian Religion Part 2
<p>This is also the 100th episode of the podcast. In this episode, I continue the summary of the ancient Egyptians religion. In this episode, I’m delving into the evolution of the religion, how their temples worked, and individual religious practices. Oracles, animal cults, and a few of merging of the Pantheon with others from the region are also discussed. Next week, I’ll cover wrap up their religion and should have time to begin the deep dive into their history. After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Feb 23, 2018
3.15 Ancient Egyptian Religion Part 1
<p>In this episode, I begin a summary concerning the religion of the ancient Egyptians. I dive into their gods, the deistic view of the pharaoh, and the workings of the temples. I also cover their view of the afterlife and the two parts of the soul. Finally, I touch on their brief foray into monotheism, or is it monolatry? Listen and find out. Next week, I’ll cover wrap up their religion in what will be the 100th episode. After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Feb 16, 2018
3.14 Egypt: The Rosetta Stone
<p>In this episode, I cover the history of the Rosetta Stone and how it led to a greater understanding of Egyptian History. Napoleon, King George III, World War I, Julius Caesar, and many others all hand a hand on the stone. Listen to learn how it was found, how it ended up in Britain, and the many nations that contributed to its understanding. Next week, I’ll cover the religious practices of the ancient Egyptians. After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Feb 09, 2018
3.13 Egypt: The History of the Language
<p>In this episode, I cover the development of the three Egyptian written languages: hieroglyphics, hieratic, and demotic. I detail how we know about the languages and where each was used.  I wrap up with how the rise of Christianity led to the decline in these ancient languages. Next week, I’ll cover the Rosetta Stone and their ancient religious practices and the development of their language.</p>
Feb 02, 2018
3.12 Egypt: The New Kingdom through the Greeks; The Nile River
<p>Today the 12th episode of the 3rd chapter was published on Blubrry and is also available on iTunes. In this episode, I summarize the history of the ancient Egyptians from the fall of the New Kingdom through the end of the Greek Occupation. So, in terms of a timeline, from about 1806 BC to 50 BC. I also dive relatively deeply into the Nile River, its geography, economic impact, and geologic history. Next week, I’ll cover the Egyptian ancient religious practices and the development of their language.</p> <p> </p> <p class="MsoNormal">After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Jan 26, 2018
3.11 Egyptian History: Prehistoric to Middle Kingdom
<p class="MsoNormal">In this episode, I cover what is known about the pre-history of Egypt up through the Middle Kingdom. Embedded in this, I discuss the factors that led to the settlement of the area, the changing climate, and even touch on their medical knowledge. Next week, I’ll pick up with the collapse of the Middle Kingdom and work through the time just before the birth of Christ.</p> <p> </p> <p class="MsoNormal">After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Jan 19, 2018
3.10 Egypt in the Old Testament
<p class="MsoNormal">Before beginning the history of the Egyptians, I need to ground their history as found in the Old Testament. Of course, they are mentioned in the Table of Nations, but they also played a part in the lives of Abraham, Isaac, Joseph, Moses, David, Solomon, and so many others. What was their influence, listen and find out. Next week, I’ll provide a summary history of the Egyptians, up through about 50 BC. </p> <p> </p> <p class="MsoNormal">After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Jan 12, 2018
3.09 Who Wrote Exodus?
<p class="MsoNormal">So, who wrote Exodus? The traditional Jewish, and therefore Christian, view is that Exodus, along with the vast majority of the remainder of the Pentateuch, was written by Moses. One religious father went as far as to say that portions were dictated by God to Moses, who wrote it with his own tears. Religious academics, at least some of them, have proposed many different theories, several of which are discussed in this episode. Who, and more importantly what are their theories? Listen and find out. Next week, I’ll begin the history of the Egyptians. </p> <p> </p> <p class="MsoNormal">After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Jan 05, 2018
3.08 Exodus Summary Part 8
<p class="MsoNormal">This episode is a summary of the narrative found in Exodus Chapters 35 through 40. These chapters recount the building of the Tabernacle, the Ark of the Covenant, and all the fixtures and furniture found within the wall of the courtyard. We are told how the Israelites built everything to God’s exacting specifications. We also hear of the people donating the gold, silver, bronze, linen, leather, and everything else. So much so that Moses had to put a stop to it. Finally, Moses anoints and consecrates all of the items, as well as Aaron and the other priests. Next week, I’ll cover the history of the writing of the Book of Exodus. </p> <p> </p> <p class="MsoNormal">After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Dec 29, 2017
3.07 Exodus Summary Part 7
<p class="MsoNormal">Chapter 29 and 30 begin with God continuing to tell Moses how he is to be worshiped. Moses is told how offerings and sacrifices are to be rendered, how the altar is to be built, about a mandatory offering for essentially all adult Israelites, how to build a basin of bronze, and the formulation for both the ritual holy anointing oil and incense. In Chapter 31, God tells Moses the two men who are to build everything he has specified. Then the narrative changes direction. While Moses is still on Sinai, the Israelites build an idol. And God is furious. Moses is sent back, destroys the stone tablets God gave to him, and loses his temper, too. God then reiterates his commandments, formulates some new rules, and recarves the tablets. These are a busy few chapters. Next week, I’ll continue the summary of Exodus, starting in Chapter 35. </p> <p> </p> <p class="MsoNormal">After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Dec 22, 2017
3.06 Exodus Summary Part 6
<p class="MsoNormal">This episode is a summary of the narrative found in Exodus Chapters 21 through 28. Chapter 21 through 23 details many of the laws given by God to Moses. Laws concerning slavery, violence, property, rampaging oxen, restitution, breaking and entering, destroying crops, and the like. Also, laws concerning the lending of money, religious laws, three mandated festivals, In Chapter 24, Moses relays these laws to the people, and writes them down in the Book of the Covenant. It is in Chapters 25 through 28 that God tells Moses how he should be worshiped. He details the Ark of the Covenant, the Tabernacle, along with everything in it, the courtyard that will surround the Tabernacle, and the priests clothing. All in great detail. Next week, I’ll continue the summary of Exodus, starting in Chapter 29. </p> <p> </p> <p class="MsoNormal">After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Dec 15, 2017
3.05 Exodus Summary Part 5
<p class="MsoNormal">This episode is a summary of the narrative found in Exodus Chapters 18 through 20. Chapter 18 sees the reappearance of Moses’s father-in-law, Jethro who brings Moses’s wife Zipporah and his two sons back to the leader of the Israelites. Jethro also advises Moses on how to efficiently structure a legal system. In Chapter 19, the Israelites migrate to Mt. Sinai, where in Chapter 20 they receive a set of commandments from God. At the end of the episode, I dive into the different numbering conventions of these commandments. Next week, I’ll continue the summary of Exodus, starting in Chapter 21. </p> <p> </p> <p class="MsoNormal">After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Dec 08, 2017
3.04 Exodus Summary Part 4
<p class="MsoNormal">This episode is a summary of the narrative found in Exodus Chapters 14 through 17. These chapters begin with the Israelites on the run from the pursuing Egyptians. They then cross the Red Sea, or maybe the Sea of Reeds, where the Egyptians Army is destroyed. God then provides water and food, but the populace gives neither Moses not Aaron any peace. They also begin their skirmishes with the natives of the regions in the wilderness. Next week, I’ll continue the summary of Exodus, starting in Chapter 18. </p> <p> </p> <p class="MsoNormal">After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Dec 01, 2017
3.03 Exodus Summary Part 3
<p class="MsoNormal">In this episode, I summarize the narrative found in Exodus Chapters 10 through 13. These chapters correspond with the last three plagues God wrought on Pharaoh and Egypt. Also, the tenth plague corresponds with the first Passover. Finally, Pharaoh demands that the Israelites leave, and they do, departing the city of Ramses for Succoth. Next week, I’ll continue the summary of Exodus, starting in Chapter 14. </p> <p> </p> <p class="MsoNormal">After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Nov 23, 2017
3.02 Exodus Summary Part 2
<p class="MsoNormal">In this episode, I summarize the narrative found in Exodus Chapters 6 through 9. These chapters correspond with the first seven plagues God wrought on Pharaoh and Egypt. How do Moses, Aaron, and Pharaoh interact in the story? Listen and learn. Next week, I’ll continue the summary of Exodus, starting in Chapter 10. </p> <p> </p> <p class="MsoNormal">After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Nov 17, 2017
3.01 Exodus Summary Part 1
<p class="MsoNormal">In this episode, I summarize the narrative found in Exodus Chapters 1 through 5. These chapters bridge the narrative from Joseph to Moses. We learn of Moses’s birth and reasons for his exile. He spends 40 years with the Midians before God calls him to return to his people. What happens next? Listen and learn. Next week, I’ll continue the summary of Exodus, starting in Chapter 6. </p> <p> </p> <p class="MsoNormal">After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Nov 10, 2017
2.76 Genesis Summary Part 3
<p class="MsoNormal">In this episode, I summarize the narrative found in Genesis Chapters 46 through 50. In these chapters are found the stories of Jacob, Joseph, their sons, and all of the adventures that await them through the end of their lives. There’s also an important programming note. Next week, I’ll begin Chapter 3 of the podcast with a summary of the first part of the Book of Exodus. </p> <p> </p> <p class="MsoNormal">After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Nov 03, 2017
2.75 Genesis Summary Part 2
<p class="MsoNormal">In this episode, I summarize the narrative found in Genesis Chapters 29 through 45. In these chapters are found the stories of Jacob, Rachel, their sons, and all of the adventures that await them. Also, Esau, whose decedents would become the Edomites is covered. I end the episode just as Jacob learns that Joseph is not only alive, but thriving so much he can save the extended family. Next week, I’ll finish the summary of Genesis, working through chapters 46 through 50. I’ll also set the stage for the Book of Exodus.</p> <p> </p> <p class="MsoNormal">After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Oct 27, 2017
2.74 Genesis 50 Part 2 and Genesis Summary Part 1
0:24:52
<p class="MsoNormal">In this episode, I wrap up the summary of Genesis Chapter 50, covering the on-going relationship between Joseph and his brothers, as well as Joseph’s final years. Then, I circle back to the beginning, summarizing Genesis Chapters 1 through 28. Next week, I’ll finish the summary of Genesis, working through chapters 29 through 50. I’ll also set the stage for the Book of Exodus.</p> <p> </p> <p class="MsoNormal">After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Oct 20, 2017
2.73 Genesis 50 and Egyptian Mummification
0:26:00
<p class="MsoNormal">I start out the episode summarizing the first two thirds of Genesis 50. In this chapter a few new places and concepts are mentioned. Specifically, threshing floors, a man or place known as Atad, and a place known as Abel-mizraim. Also, I do a fairly deep dive into the Egyptian mummification process, since this is what became of Jacob. Next week, I’ll finish Genesis Chapter 50, the last Chapter of that monumental first book.</p> <p> </p> <p class="MsoNormal">After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Oct 13, 2017
2.72 The History of Sidon
0:27:17
<p class="MsoNormal">This episode covers the history of Sidon, the town that Jacob promised to his son Zebulun. Well, not really, he promises his son that the border of his territory will be at Sidon. I cover Sidon as found in the Bible, as well as the outside historic record. Next week, I’ll summarize Genesis Chapter 50, the last Chapter of that monumental first book.</p> <p> </p> <p class="MsoNormal">After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Oct 06, 2017
2.71 Goshen and Genesis Chapters 46 - 49
0:24:53
<p class="MsoNormal">This episode dives into the history of the Land of Goshen, the place where Jacob and his sons’ families relocated. Also, I summarize Genesis Chapters 46 through 49. In Chapter 49, we first learn of a place called Sidon, which I will cover next week. Also, it is in this chapter where the first figurative use of the word shepherd is found in the Bible.</p> <p> </p> <p class="MsoNormal">After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Sep 29, 2017
2.70 Summaries of Genesis 42, 43, 44, and 45
0:23:29
<p>This episode provides a summary of Genesis Chapters 42 through 45. These chapters tell the story of the two trips taken by Joseph’s brothers to Egypt in search of food. In the narrative, no new people, places, or concepts are introduced, except for the land of Goshen. I will cover the history of that place next week. </p>
Sep 22, 2017
2.69 The History of Viziers, Joseph’s New Name, Genesis 38
0:22:33
<p style="text-align: left;">This episode covers the concept of a vizier, essentially the position to which Pharaoh appoint Joseph. Also, at the same time, Pharaoh changes Joseph’s name to Zaphnath-Paaneah. The meaning and message behind this name is covered. Finally, I circle back to cover the history of Genesis Chapter 38, specifically the cities of Timnah and Adullam. Next week, I’ll cover the history starting in the Genesis Chapter 42 and continuing for a couple of chapters. </p>
Sep 15, 2017
2.68 The History of Sheol, Potiphar, and the Cupbearer
0:23:06
What is Sheol, who was the man known as Potiphar, and what is a Cupbearer? Listen and find the answers to these questions. Next week, I’ll cover the history of the Genesis Chapter 38. After listening, let me know what you think
Sep 08, 2017
2.67 The Midianites
0:26:14
This episode covers the Midianites, a group referenced in Genesis Chapter 37 as the traders who sold the young Joseph to Egypt. In the episode, I cover their history as found in the Old Testament and outside sources. I also cover their forefather, Midian, the fourth son of Abraham and his wife Keturah. Give up a few minutes of your time and listen, I’m sure you’ll learn something you didn’t know. Next week, I’ll cover the concept of She'ol as well as what we know about Potiphar. I also will inform of the role of a cup bearer.
Sep 01, 2017
2.66 The History of Dothan, the Ishmaelites, and Sheaves of Grain
0:25:16
This episode covers the Ishmaelites, the people to whom Joseph was sold by his brothers. Also, they were the decedents of Ishmael, Abraham’s son. I’ll cover their history as found in the Bible, as well as outside sources. Also, the relationship between the Ishmaelites and Islam is explored. I also touch on the city of Dothan. Finally, I explain what a sheave of grain is. Give up a few minutes of your time and listen, I’m sure you’ll learn something you didn’t know. Next week, I’ll cover the history of the Midianites and the concept of She'ol, both found in Genesis Chapter 37. If time permits, I’ll cover Potiphar, too. After listening, let me know what you think.
Aug 25, 2017
2.65 The Extra-Biblical History of Edom, Mt. Hor, and the Horites
0:24:15
Today the 65th episode of the second chapter was published on Blubrry and is also available on iTunes. This episode covers the history of Edom as found outside of the Bible. Also, I cover Mt. Hor and the Horites, both what’s in the Bible and from outside sources. I also provide an extensive summary of Genesis Chapter 37, which is a turning point in the Old Testament narrative. Give up a few minutes of your time and listen, I’m sure you’ll learn something you didn’t know. Next week, I’ll cover the outside history of Edom and continue working through Genesis 36. You don’t want to miss it. After listening, let me know what you think.
Aug 18, 2017
2.64 The History of Eder, Paddan-aram, Kiriath-arba, and Edom
0:26:18
This episode covers the history of the people and places found in Genesis Chapters 35 and 36. Specifically, the tower of Eder, Paddan-aram, and Kiriath-arba. Also, I get started on the history of Edom, at least the references to it in the Old Testament. Give up a few minutes of your time and listen, I’m sure you’ll learn something you didn’t know. Next week, I’ll cover the outside history of Edom and continue working through Genesis 36. You don’t want to miss it. After listening, let me know what you think.
Aug 11, 2017
2.63 The History of Bethlehem
0:25:30
So you think you know the history of Bethlehem? Well, there’s little doubt you’re familiar with the events of two millennia ago, but what about a thousand years before that? Or the events during and following the Islamic conquest and the Crusades? Give up a few minutes of your time and listen, I’m sure you’ll learn something you didn’t know. Next week, I’ll cover the history of the remaining places in Genesis 35, including Hebron. You don’t want to miss it. After listening, let me know what you think.
Aug 04, 2017
2.62 The History of Ugarit
0:23:23
This week I cover the history of Ugarit, the port city located on the western shore of the Mediterranean, in the modern country of Syria. While Ugarit was not mentioned directly in the Old Testament, its history corresponded with the events of Genesis 35, therefore I’m covering it this week. I walk through the ancient history, the modern archaeology, its language, and its culture. Next week, I’ll cover the history of Bethlehem. You don’t want to miss it. After listening, let me know what you think.
Jul 28, 2017
2.61 The History of Bethel and Ephrath
0:23:01
This week I cover the history of two places found in Genesis Chapter 35, specifically Bethel and Ephrath. Bethel would play an important role in the Kingdom of Isreal. And Ephrath, it is commonly believed, became the city of Bethlehem. Next week, I’ll cover the history of Ugarit and other places from Chapter 35. You don’t want to miss it. After listening, let me know what you think
Jul 21, 2017
2.60 The History of the Genesis 33 through 35
0:24:38
This week I cover the history of the people and places in Genesis chapters 33 through 35. In this episode, I cover the history of the towns of Peniel, Succoth, and Luz. I also work through the mountain(s) of Hermon. Listen to find out why that may not be a single peak. Next week, I’ll cover the history of Bethel. You don’t want to miss it. After listening, let me know what you think.
Jul 14, 2017
2.59 The History of the Genesis 32 & 33
0:00:23
This week I cover the history of the people and places in Genesis chapters 32 and 33. In this episode, I cover the history of the Seir Mountains and the town of Shechem. Next week, I’ll pick up in the middle of Chapter 33 and go through the end of Chapter 35. You don’t want to miss it. After listening, let me know what you think.
Jul 07, 2017
2.58 The History of the Genesis 29 through 32
0:25:35
This week I work my way through several chapters of Genesis, specifically 29 through the middle of 32. In this episode, I cover the history of Haran, both the place and the man. Also, the region of Gilead, a place called Mahanaim, and the Jabbok River. Next week, I’ll pick up in the middle of Chapter 32 and go through the end of Chapter 33. You don’t want to miss it. ' After listening, let me know what you think.
Jun 30, 2017
2.57 The History of the Arameans Pt. 2
0:24:42
This week I finish the history of the Arameans, the second of two episodes. In this episode, I cover their history from the beginnings as nomadic herders, through their on-going conflicts with the Assyrians and then Babylonians, through the Greeks, Romans, and Arabic Muslims. Next week, I’ll cover the history of the many places and groups as found in Genesis chapters 29 through 31. You don’t want to miss it. After listening, let me know what you think.
Jun 23, 2017
2.56 The History of the Arameans Pt. 1
0:25:59
This week I begin the history of the Arameans, the first of two episodes. In this episode, I cover their history as presented in the Old Testament as well as their language and religion. Next week, I’ll wrap up their history. You don’t want to miss it. After listening, let me know what you think.
Jun 16, 2017
2.55 The History of Genesis 24 - 28
0:23:06
This week I cover the peoples and places found in Genesis Chapters 24 through 28. Specifically, Aram Naharaim, Nahor, Havilah, Shur, Gerar, Abimelech, Esek, Sitnah, Rehoboth, Shiba, and Paddan Aram. Next week, I’ll begin the first of probably two parts on the Arameans. You don’t want to miss it. After listening, let me know what you think.
Jun 09, 2017
2.54 The History of the Hittites Pt 4
0:26:00
This week I wrap up the history of the Hittites, with the 4th part of the miniseries. This episode focuses on what has become known as the New Kingdom of the Hittites as well as the several centuries following its collapse. Next week, I’ll cover several smaller places found in the middle of Genesis. You don’t want to miss it. After listening, let me know what you think.
Jun 02, 2017
2.53 The History of the Hittites Pt 3
0:23:09
This week I continue the history of the Hittites, with the 3rd of 4 parts. This episode focuses on the several centuries of the Old Kingdom as well as the 100 or so years of their dark age, which has become known as the Middle Kingdom. Next week, I’ll wrap up the Hittites with a dive into their New Kingdom and decline. You don’t want to miss it. After listening, let me know what you think.
May 26, 2017
2.52 The History of the Hittites Pt 2
0:24:19
This week I continued the history of the Hittites, a series that will last a few episodes. This week, I cover the archaeological history, the process of translating the documents, and their prehistory. Next week, I’ll start with the Old Kingdom. You don’t want to miss it. After listening, let me know what you think.
May 19, 2017
2.51 The History of the Hittites Pt 1
0:19:18
This week I began the history of the Hittites, a series that will last a few episodes. This week, I cover who they were in the Bible, their language, and three theories on their origins. Next week, I’ll begin their history, focusing on the group in Anatolia. You don’t want to miss it. After listening, let me know what you think.
May 12, 2017
2.50 The History of Hebron Pt 2
0:21:31
This week I wrap up the history of Hebron. This week covering from the ouster of the Crusaders in the 12th century AD through the modern era. In doing so, I spend a great deal of time on both the Islamic era and the 20th century. Next week, I’ll start the history of the Hittites. You don’t want to miss it. After listening, let me know what you think.
May 05, 2017
2.49 The History of Hebron Pt 1
0:24:23
This week I covered the history of Hebron. Well, the first part, through the middle of the Islamic era. Hebron, like many of the other cities I’ve covered recently, was first mentioned in the story of Abraham, and appeared throughout the Old Testament narrative. Hebron was where David was twice crowned and is believed to be the final resting place of three of Judaism’s founding fathers. Who is allegedly buried there? Listen and find out. Next week, I’ll wrap up the history of the Hebron. You don’t want to miss it. After listening, let me know what you think.
Apr 27, 2017
2.48 The History of Beersheba
0:21:54
This week I covered the history of Beersheba. Beersheba was first mentioned in the story of Abraham, and appeared throughout the Old Testament narrative. It was an oasis in the desert and experienced rapid growth in the second half of the 20th century AD. But what happened in between? Listen and find out. Next week, I’ll cover the history of the Hebron. You don’t want to miss it. After listening, let me know what you think.
Apr 21, 2017
2.47 The History of The Philistines
0:28:11
This week I covered the history of the Philistines. The Philistines were first mentioned in the Table of Nations, but are best known as the persistent antagonists of the Israelites. Who were they really, and what does the outside record say about them? What were their interactions with other countries, like Egypt. Why did the essentially disappear. Listen and find out. Next week, I’ll cover the history of the Beersheba. You don’t want to miss it. After listening, let me know what you think.
Apr 14, 2017
2.46 The History of Ammon and Kadesh
0:25:22
This week I covered the history of both Ammon and Kadesh. Ammon would eventually become Amman, the capital of the modern country of Jordan. The Ammonites always had an adversarial relationship with the Israelites. Kadesh, was located in what is now Syria and little can be found in the extant historical record. Next week, I’ll begin the history of the Philistines. You don’t want to miss it. After listening, let me know what you think.
Apr 07, 2017
2.45 The History of Moab; Part 2
0:23:22
This week I wrapped up the history of Moab. I cover the geography of the area and how that led to its development. Also, the parallels between its known history and that found in the Old Testament. Finally, the demise of the area is touched on. Next week, I’ll cover the history of Ammon. You don’t want to miss it. After listening, let me know what you think.
Mar 31, 2017
2.44 The History of Moab; The Mesha Stele
0:22:27
This week I begin the history of Moab. Well actually, almost the entire episode is on the Mesha Stele and its parallels to 2nd Kings Chapter 3. The exploits of the King of Moab against the allied Israeli tribes is covered. Next week, I’ll cover the history of Moab in full. You don’t want to miss it.
Mar 24, 2017
2.43 The Late and Post Islamic History of Damascus
0:23:53
This week I cover the latter portion of the Syrian Islamic history of Damascus, essentially covering the period from about the year 1000 AD to the present day. I also touch on the geography and climate of the city. Next week, I’ll cover the history of Moab. You don’t want to miss it. After listening, let me know what you think.
Mar 17, 2017
2.42 The Islamic History of Damascus
0:23:38
This week I cover the Islamic history of Damascus, essentially covering the period from the end of the Roman era until about the year 1000 AD. I also dive into the Islamic Caliph al-Walid and how such rulers impacted the history of the region. Next week, I’ll wrap up the history of the city of Damascus. You don’t want to miss it. After listening, let me know what you think.
Mar 10, 2017
2.41 The Ancient History of Damascus
0:21:28
This week I cover the ancient history of Damascus, journeying from pre-history to the end of the Roman era. I also touch on radiocarbon dating and Greek city design. Next week, I’ll cover the history of the city of Damascus from the Islamic era through the modern age. You don’t want to miss it. After listening, let me know what you think.
Mar 03, 2017
2.40 The Modern History of Syria
0:26:28
This week I cover the modern history of Syria, focusing exclusively on the events of the 20th century. While this may seem like a departure from the mission of the podcast, this period continues to impact the unfolding history of Christianity. Next week, I’ll cover the history of the city of Damascus. You don’t want to miss it. After listening, let me know what you think.
Feb 24, 2017
2.39 The Recorded History of Syria
0:24:10
This week I cover what is essentially the recorded history of Syria from about 3000 BC to the 20th Century AD. Syria is mentioned throughout the Old and New Testaments and I’m working it in here because it was part of the Battle of Siddim narrative. Given that more comprehensive records are avaible the closer to the current period we draw, a great deal of attention is placed on the first half of the 20th century in Syria. I also touch on the Ottomans, Akkadians, Egyptians, Muslims, Mongols, and the Crusaders. Next week, I’ll wrap up the history of Syria. You don’t want to miss it. After listening, let me know what you think.
Feb 17, 2017
2.38 The Prehistory of Syria
0:17:01
<p class="MsoNormal">This week I cover the Prehistoric History of Syria. Syria is mentioned throughout the Old and New Testaments and I’m working it in here because it was part of the Battle of Siddim narrative. I cover in depth the settlement of Mureybet, a tell on the banks of the Euphrates River. I also touch on the climate, agriculture, tools, and jewelry. Next week, begin the history of Syria that coincides with the time period of Genesis.You don’t want to miss it.  </p> <p> </p> <p class="MsoNormal">After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Feb 10, 2017
2.37 The Battle of Siddim
0:22:17
<p class="MsoNormal">This week I cover the Battle of Siddim, as found I Genesis 14. This is the story of how Abraham and over 300 of his armed men rescued his Nephew Lot from the grasps of King Chedorloamer.  Also, I cover the theories of who were all of the kings listed in the Genesis narrative. Next week, I’ll cover the History of Damascus and Syria. You don’t want to miss it.  </p> <p> </p> <p class="MsoNormal">After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Feb 03, 2017
2.36 The History of the Dead Sea
0:19:27
<p class="MsoNormal">This week I cover the history and modern condition of the Dead Sea. Also, I go over many examples of where the Eastern Sea is found in the Old Testament. Finally a proposed pipeline to aid in refilling the lake is examined. Next week, I’ll cover the Battle of Siddim.  </p> <p> </p> <p class="MsoNormal">After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Jan 27, 2017
2.35 The Geography of the Dead Sea
0:22:09
<p>This week I cover the geography of the Dead Sea. From the somewhat trivial, such as its size, to how it’s thought to have formed, are explored. Also, is it really dead? Yes there is some life. And a relative of the manatee is discussed. Next week, I’ll cover the history of the Dead Sea.</p>
Jan 20, 2017
2.34 The Sea of Galilee
0:21:08
<p class="MsoNormal">This week I cover the geography and history of the Sea of Galilee. Its size, location, and fauna are explored, along with what sets it apart from other bodies of water. Also, the archaeology and history through the modern era are touched on. Next week, I’ll cover the history and geography of the Dead Sea.  </p> <p> </p> <p class="MsoNormal">After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Jan 13, 2017
2.33 The History of Zoar
0:20:16
<p>This week I cover the succinct history of Zoar, the city that Lot pleaded with God to save from the fire and brimstone destruction that befell Sodom and Gomorrah. Actually, most of the episode is about the history of the sources of the history of Zoar. Next week, I’ll cover the history and geography of the Sea of Galilee. </p>
Jan 06, 2017
2.32 Sodom and Gomorrah Part 2; Archaeology & Outside References
0:19:21
<p class="MsoNormal">This week is the second and last episode concerning Sodom and Gomorrah. The episode covers the account of the twin cities from sources outside of Genesis, which include both the Old and New Testaments. Also, deuterocanonical sources as well as the Quran, and Jewish commentary are explored. Last, I work through the sparse archeological evidence of the cities. Next week, I’ll cover the city of Zoar and the geography of both the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea.  </p> <p> </p> <p class="MsoNormal">After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Dec 30, 2016
S1 Who Were The Wisemen?
0:18:32
<p class="MsoNormal">When I left off last week, I teased that this week’s episode was the second part to Sodom and Gomorrah. But, then I came to the realization that this episode would be released the week of Christmas 2016, and of all the stories in the Old Testament, nothing is really further from the New Testament theme of grace and redemption than the fire and brimstone of Sodom and Gomorrah. So, for the first time, I’m creating a supplemental episode. Sometime in the future, when the historical chronology of the bible warrants it, I’ll work this episode into its proper sequence. This week is more than you may have ever wanted to know about the <i>three</i> wisemen. Next week, will be the continuation of Sodom and Gomorrah.</p> <p> </p> <p class="MsoNormal">After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Dec 23, 2016
2.31 Sodom & Gomorrah; Biblical Story & Natural Theories
0:21:01
<p class="MsoNormal">This week is the first episode of what I expect to be three concerning Sodom and Gomorrah. The episode covers the account of the twin cities from Genesis. Also, two theories that could potentially explain the destruction that rained on the region are explored. Next week, I’ll cover the two cities as found elsewhere in the Old Testament as well as the archaeological evidence of their existence.  </p> <p> </p> <p class="MsoNormal">After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Dec 16, 2016
2.30 The History of Canaan Pt. 8; Climate, History Cycles, and Summary
0:18:10
<p class="MsoNormal">This week is the eighth and final episode concern Canaan. This episode walks through the impact of the climate and the general historical cycles of the area. Also, and recognizing that it is a bit redundant, I provide a summary of the history of the area.  Next week, I’ll cover the history of Sodom and Gomorrah. </p> <p> </p> <p class="MsoNormal">After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Dec 11, 2016
2.29 The History of Canaan Pt. 7; The Late Bronze and Iron Ages
0:16:29
<p>The History of Canaan Part 7</p> <p class="MsoNormal">This week is the seventh of several concerning the Canaanites. This episode walks through the late Bronze and Iron Ages of the land of Canaan.  Next week, I’ll wrap up the history of Canaan. </p> <p>After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Dec 02, 2016
2.28 The History of Canaan Pt. 6; The Early & Middle Bronze Age
0:15:30
<p class="MsoNormal">This week is the sixth of several concerning the Canaanites. This episode gives an overview of the history of Canaan before diving into the early and middle Bronze Ages. Influence from Mesopotamia and Egypt are also discussed.  Next week, I’ll cover the late Bronze Age along with the Iron Age. </p> <p> </p> <p class="MsoNormal">After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Nov 25, 2016
2.27 The History of Canaan Pt. 5, Ebla & Aleppo
0:21:51
<p class="MsoNormal">This week is the fifth of several concerning the Canaanites. It’s also the second part on Ebla and covers the history of Aleppo. Ebla was located about 34 miles or 55 kilometers from the modern city of Aleppo, the epicenter of the Syrian Civil War.  It was also the location where the Ebla tablets were found, a primary source for the history of Canaan. Next week, I begin again the history of Canaan. </p> <p> </p> <p class="MsoNormal">After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Nov 18, 2016
2.26 The History of Canaan Pt. 4 Ebla
0:17:58
<p class="MsoNormal">This week is the fourth of several concerning the Canaanites. But, it’s also a bit of a journey into a rabbit hole about one specific city, Ebla. Ebla was located about a day’s walk from the modern city of Aleppo, the epicenter of the Syrian Civil War.  It was also the location where the Ebla tablets were found, a primary source for the history of Canaan. Next week, I will wrap up the history of Elba and also provide a brief history of Aleppo. </p> <p> </p> <p class="MsoNormal">After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Nov 10, 2016
2.25 The History of Canaan Pt. 3
0:18:45
<p>This week is the third of several concerning the Canaan and therefore the Canaanites. This episode begins with the history, as best can be determined, of the people in the Levant who predate the Canaanites. Also, the history of the documents and artifact from which the history of the Canaanites is determined is explored. Next week, I will pause the broad history of the Canaanites and instead focus on the city-state of Elba, primarily because it’s the forerunner of Aleppo, the epicenter of the current Syrian civil war.</p>
Nov 04, 2016
2.24 The History of Canaan Pt. 2
0:16:08
<p class="MsoNormal">This week is the second of several concerning the Canaan and therefore the Canaanites. This episode explores the Canaanites of both the Old and New Testaments.  Next week, I will begin the history of the Canaanites from sources outside of the Bible as discovered by archaeologists.</p> <p> </p> <p>After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Oct 28, 2016
2.23 The History of Canaan Pt. 1
0:16:21
<p>This week is the first of several concerning the Canaan and therefore the Canaanites of the Old Testament. Canaan, the region, and its people are perhaps the most mentioned ethnic group, outside of Judaism, in the Old Testament. This episode walks through the interaction of these people with Abraham and his descendants in the Pentateuch.  Next week, I will begin the wrap up the Canaanites of the Bible before covering their history as discovered by archaeologists.</p>
Oct 21, 2016
2.22 The History of Elam Pt. 2
0:16:25
<p>Last week I covered the early history of the Elamites and tied them in with Abraham. This week is the conclusion of Elam and neatly interlaces with the history of the Sumerians. I also explore the aspects of what was, for a brief time, believed to be a matriarchal society. Next week, I will begin the history of the Canaanites.</p>
Oct 13, 2016
2.21 The History of Elam Pt. 1
0:18:57
<p>Skipping ahead a little from last week, in Genesis 14, Abraham rescues Lot from Chedorlaomer, King of the Elamites, after a battle between himself and several other kings from Mesopotamia. Elam, located in present day western Iran, was touched on several episodes ago during the many parts on Sumer. This episode provides that background and begins the early history of the Elamites. Next week, I will wrap up the Elamites.</p> <p>After listening, let me know what you think.</p> <p></p>
Oct 07, 2016
2.20 Abraham and Harran
0:18:37
<p>After wrapping up the Sumerians, the society Abraham called his own. In Genesis 11, Abraham, along with his father Terah, wife Sarai, and nephew Lot, relocated from Ur to Harran. This episode attempts to answer the question of why he would make such a move. It also sets the stage for the upcoming exploration of the Elamites, Canaanites, and Egyptians. Next week, I will cover the Elamites, of ancient western Iran. </p> <p>After listening, let me know what you think</p>
Sep 30, 2016
2.19 The Sumerians Pt. 7
0:18:09
<p>The Sumerians Part 7</p> <p>Today the nineteenth episode of the second chapter will be published on Blubrry and is also available on iTunes. This episode is the seventh that explores the history of Sumer, as referenced in Genesis Chapter 10 via the city-state of Uruk. The episode covers the military innovations of the Sumerians. Next week, I will begin the history of the Elamites. </p> <p>After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Sep 23, 2016
2.18 The Sumerians Pt. 6
0:16:23
<p>This episode is the sixth that explores the history of Sumer, as referenced in Genesis Chapter 10 via the city-state of Uruk. The covers the government, language, society, people, and military of the 2,000 years of Sumer. Next week, I will wrap up the Sumerians with a look into their military innovations.</p> <p> </p> <p>After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Sep 16, 2016
2.17 The Sumerians Pt. 5
0:22:43
<p>This episode is the fifth of six that will explore the history of Sumer, as referenced in Genesis Chapter 10 via the city-state of Uruk. The episode picks up where the Gutians are driven out of Mesopotamia and the establishment of the Third Dynasty of Ur. I chronicle the rulers of the so-called Sumerian Renaissance from the reestablishment of the kingdom through to their downfall. In two weeks I plan on wrapping up the Sumerians with an overview of their culture, language, military, and government. </p> <p> </p> <p>After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Sep 09, 2016
2.16 The Sumerians Pt. 4
0:21:41
<p class="MsoNormal">This episode is the fourth of a few that will explore the history of Sumer, as referenced in Genesis Chapter 10 via the city-state of Uruk. Well actually, the episode is primarily about the Akkadians and the Gutians who ruled the same geographic area as the Sumerians between the second and third dynasties of Sumer. The Akkadians were also referenced in Genesis 10, and were ruled initially by Sargon the Great. Like the last episode, I spend a little time with the legal code from the period, this time the code of Ur-Nammu. Next week, I pick up the Sumerians again with the period known as the Sumerian Renaissance.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">After listening, let me know what you think. </p>
Sep 02, 2016
2.15 The Sumerians Pt. 3
0:22:37
<p>This episode is the third of a few that will explore the history of Sumer, as referenced in Genesis Chapter 10 via the city-state of Uruk. The episode takes a look at what is known as the Early Dynastic period of Sumer. I start with the Sumerian King list and walk through the different leaders of the numerous city states. Also, I spend a little time with the first known legal code, that of Urukagina.   The episode wraps up as when Sargon of Acadia shows up. Next week, I will pause the discussion of the Sumerians to look into what became of this man known as Sargon the Great. </p> <p> </p> <p>After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Aug 26, 2016
2.14 The Sumerians Pt. 2
0:21:01
<p>This episode is the second of a few that will explore the history of Sumer. The episode investigates the first people that would settle in the area that would later become known as Sumer. First, I touch on the modern archaeologist that discovered the once thought mythical city of Uruk. Next, I discuss the Ubaid period and the people who lived there at the time. Finally, the Uruk period is examined.  Also, I give a review of the Sumerian King list. The discussion of the Sumerians will continue next week.</p> <p> </p> <p>After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Aug 19, 2016
2.13 The Sumerians Pt. 1
0:27:03
<p>This episode is the first of a few that will explore the history of Sumer. This episode avoids most dates and really does not go into depth of the leaders and culture. Instead, I explore how the language, both written and oral developed.  Also the numeric system is investigated, along with the impact that system continues to have to this day. I take a little side trip into the Bronze Age and explain what this term actually means. Finally, the development of agriculture is looked at.</p> <p>Next week, I’ll begin with the leadership and culture of this society where it is believed Abraham lived.   </p> <p>After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Aug 12, 2016
2.12 The Tower at Babel Pt. 2, Languages
0:29:59
<p>Today the twelfth episode of the second chapter was published on Blubrry and is also available on iTunes. This episode is the second of two about the tower at Babel, and specifically concentrates on the confusing of tongues as found in Genesis Chapter 11. The episode explores several stories from around the world concerning the origin of the many diverse languages. Then, I look at the views of the scientific community regarding the same subject. I pull in some contemporary examples of language development and delve into what separates man from animals. Finally, I explain why the scientific view of language development will probably always remain a hypothesis, and never develop into a theory.</p> <p> </p> <p>Join me next time when I’ll get started on the Sumerians.   </p>
Aug 05, 2016
2.11 The Tower at Babel Pt. 1
0:28:37
<p>This episode is the first of two about the tower at Babel and the confusing of tongues as found in Genesis Chapter 11. I also formulate answers to a few questions. Where was the tower? How tall was the tower? Was it destroyed? What was the language they spoke? Who was the ‘us’ God was referring to? Who was this Nimrod?</p> <p>Next week, I’ll dive into the scientific theories around the origin of language as well as stories from other cultures about why there are so many languages.   </p> <p> </p> <p>After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Jul 29, 2016
2.10 The Table of Nations
0:26:11
<p>This episode explores what is probably the most historically dense chapter in the Bible, namely Genesis 10. Specifically, the sons and grandsons of Shem, Ham, and Japeth are explored.  The theories that surround the nations that arose from these three men are the primary narrative of this episode.  Finally, did Noah have other children? This too is addressed. Next week, I’ll discuss the Tower of Babel and the origin of language. No short task.   </p> <p> </p> <p>After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Jul 22, 2016
2.9 Mt. Ararat and Global Flood Stories
0:28:12
<p>This episode completes the dive into the Biblical flood story with an exploration of Mt. Ararat. Why is this mountain considered by many to be the resting place of the ark? Also, where are the other potential resting places?  I explore other flood stories from around the globe including the Akkadian, Sumerian, and Babylonian, all from the same region and time as the Genesis story.  In addition, there are African, Hindu, Mayan, various European, Hawaiian, and Cherokee stories, among others. All of these are included since they are similar, in various ways, to the Biblical story. Next week, I’ll discuss the Table of Nations.</p> <p> </p> <p>After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Jul 15, 2016
2.8 The Biblical Flood Story
0:27:14
<p>This episode dives into the Biblical flood story as presented in the book of Genesis. In it, the traditional misunderstandings of the story and a common misinterpretation are discussed. Also covered is the approximate date of the flood. In addition, a few possible scientific theories as to what would have caused such a great flood are examined. Finally, a brief explanation is given for a few of the items between the Creation Story and Flood Story that are not covered, such as the Land of Nod, Enoch, and the Nephilim. Next week, I’ll explore flood stories from around the world.   </p> <p>After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Jul 08, 2016
2.7 Old Testament Civilizations
0:25:05
<p>This episode explores the ancient civilizations in the area on the eastern side of the Mediterranean Sea. I walk, in a fair amount of detail, through the histories of the Sumerians, Persians, Egyptians, Akkadians, Greeks, Parthians, Aramaeans, and Chaldeans. All of this is in preparation for the forthcoming more extensive histories. Next week, we’ll dive into the biblical flood story.   </p> <p> </p> <p>After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Jul 01, 2016
2.6 The Fertile Crescent and Climatology
0:17:20
<p>The Fertile Crescent, also known as the Cradle of Civilization, is explained and explored. This episode also walks through a few theories relating to the climate of that region in the time period of the Old Testament. But, before this is done, the methods used by researchers in deducing their theories is explained. Next week, I’ll give a general outline of the human history of the region that will serve as a basis for the forthcoming deep dives.</p> <p> </p> <p>After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Jun 24, 2016
2.5 Eden’s Rivers and Mesopotamian Geography
0:28:37
<p>Eden’s Rivers and Mesopotamian Geography</p> <p>The four rivers of Genesis, namely the Pishon, Gihon, Tigris, and Euphrates are explored. This episode also gives an overview into the geography of Mesopotamia.  Next week, I’ll expand out geographically and give an overview into the Fertile Crescent as well as the climate of the time. I’ll also give a general outline into the human history of the region that will serve as a basis for the forthcoming deep dives.   </p> <p> </p> <p>After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Jun 17, 2016
2.4 The Christian Creation Story
0:24:09
<p>This episodes recounts the Christian creation story found in the first three chapters of the book of Genesis.  I conduct a shallow dive into whether there is a singular creation story or two separate stories. I also touch on creationism, evolution, and intelligent design. Next week, I’ll explore the geography of the region known as Mesopotamia, where the creation story is thought to have taken place.   </p> <p> </p> <p>After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Jun 10, 2016
2.3 Creation Stories From Around The World
0:29:27
<p>This episodes recounts the Christian creation story found in the first three chapters of the book of Genesis.  I conduct a shallow dive into whether there is a singular creation story or two separate stories. Also the debate between creationism, evolution, and intelligent design is touched on. Next week, I’ll explore the geography of the region known as Mesopotamia, where the creation story is thought to have taken place.   </p> <p>After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Jun 07, 2016
2.2 The Tablet Theory of Genesis
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<p>In this episode, I explore the tablet theory, sometimes referred to as the Wiseman hypothesis concerning the authorship of Genesis. And no, it’s not the wisemen from the gospels, but a couple of Wisemen from a little later. I explore the basis of the theory as well as its limitations. I’ll also let you know where these tablets can be found today. After listening, you can impress your friends with the three theories on how Genesis was written, including this one, the Moses authorship, and the Documentary Theory.   Join me next week when I dive into creation stories from around the globe.</p> <p> </p> <p>After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
May 27, 2016
2.1 The Pentateuch, An Introduction
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<p class="MsoNormal">This episode provides an overview of the Pentateuch, known more commonly as the first five books of the Old Testament. I also dive into the theories surrounding who wrote the books including the documentary hypothesis. This will all serve as a background for the deeper dive into that time and region, which will be the focus of this chapter. Join me next week when I’ll start with the history of the book of Genesis, including tablet theory.</p> <p> </p> <p class="MsoNormal">After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
May 20, 2016
1.8 Bible Versions Summary
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<p class="MsoNormal">Bible Versions Summary</p> <p>This episode is the last episode of the first chapter. In it, I provide a summary of the making of the three Bible versions that will be utilized in the podcast. This summary, of course, has less detail than the six previous episodes, and helps to wrap up the chapter. If you wish to skip this redundant material, and I would certainly understand, just fast forward 25 minutes. At that point, I provide an analogy that explains why I use three different versions instead of one.   Join me next week when I’ll start with the history of the Pentateuch.</p>
May 13, 2016
1.7 The New International Version Part 2
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<p class="MsoNormal">The New International Version Part 2</p> <p>This episode is the second of two where the history of the New International Version of the Bible is studied. The episode walks the listener the criticisms of the so-called dynamic equivalence translations methodology, generally referred to as a paraphrase. I also dive a little deeper into the use of gender neutral language. Join me next week when I’ll wrap up Chapter 1 with a quick review of the bible versions as well as an explanation, through story, of why I use 3 different versions.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"></p>
May 06, 2016
1.6 The New International Version Part 1
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<p>This episode is the first of two where the history of the New International Version of the Bible is studied. The episode walks the listener through who formulated the idea for this version and the translation process that followed. The issue of gender neutral language is examined. This topic is part of the controversy of the NIV as well as the New Revised Standard Version. Also, the revisions and other versions that were published after the initial release are touched on.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"></p>
Apr 29, 2016
1.5 The New Revised Standard Version Part 2
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<p class="MsoNormal">This episode is the second of two where I cover the history of the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible. I finish up the Revised Standard Version then cover the New Revised Standard Version which was printed in 1989. I anticipate that I will be referring to this version more than any other. Next week, I begin the New International Version.</p> <p> </p> <p class="MsoNormal">After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Apr 22, 2016
1.4 The New Revised Standard Version Part 1
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<p class="MsoNormal">This episode is the first of two where I cover the history of the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible. Actually, in this first part, I cover the history and details of the English Revised Version a direct decedent of the King James Version, the American Standard Version, and make it part of the way through the Revised Standard Version. I also touch on the changing source material for the versions and the evolution of the English language that was part of the reason for the revisions.</p> <p> </p> <p class="MsoNormal">After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Apr 15, 2016
1.3 The King James Version Part 2
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<p class="MsoNormal">This episode is the second of two where we explore the history of the King James Version of the Bible. In it, I discuss the translation process and how the original was printed. Also, I examine why and when the version was revised. I wrap up the episode with an exploration of the influence of Shakespeare on the translation. </p> <p> </p> <p class="MsoNormal">After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Apr 08, 2016
1.2 The King James Version Part 1
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<p class="MsoNormal">Today the second episode of the first chapter was published on Blubrry and is also available on iTunes. This episode is the first of two where we explore the history of the King James Version of the Bible. In it, we learn why King James the First decided to authorize the version and look into the background of some of the scholars who participated in the translation. I wrap up with 15 rules established by the King for the translators. </p> <p> </p> <p class="MsoNormal">After listening, let me know what you think.</p>
Mar 31, 2016
1.1 An Introduction
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<p class="MsoNormal">How did the religion that was founded on the Son of Man evolve into so many churches? This podcast begins in the beginning, in Genesis and traces through history the cultural forces, the environmental factors, the economical, the technological, the societal, the political, and other influences that impacted the formation of the religion as we know it today. But, this podcast is not about theology.  It is about the forces that shaped the modern churches. I will try to stay away from principles and beliefs, and instead focus on the history. I the structure of the podcast as two pyramids stacked on each other, the bottom one wider at the base, coming to a point, and the top one inverted, with its point resting, balanced on top of the bottom pyramid, the whole structure shaped similarly to an hourglass. Where these two pyramids come together, the place where the points meet, there stands Christ. The culmination of those that came before him, and the foundation where the modern churches are built are examined in an engaging way.</p>
Mar 22, 2016