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A podcast by 9Marks, with Alex Duke, Sam Emadi & Jim Hamilton.

Episode Date
Numbers 5–8: On How Moses’ Test for Adultery Is Different Than Monty Python’s Test for Witches (Bible Talk, Ep. 44)
As Israel prepares to enter the Promised Land, we discover a strange test for adultery, the genesis of the Nazirite vow, and one of the most well-known passages in the whole Bible.
Dec 01, 2021
Numbers 1–4: On Kohath, Gershon, & Merari—Israel’s Best Furniture Store (Bible Talk, Ep. 43)
By the time we get to the beginning of Numbers, Israel is poised to take the Promised Land. But first, they need to receive their marching orders.
Nov 24, 2021
Leviticus 26-27: On “Oh, No, This Isn’t a Warning - This Is a Prophecy” (Bible Talk, Ep. 42)
Leviticus ends with a speech from the Lord that sounds like a warning. But in reality, it’s a prophecy of what’s to come for Israel—in all its high highs and low lows. In this episode of Bible Talk, Alex chats about Leviticus 26–27.
Oct 27, 2021
Leviticus 21-25: On Sacred Time and Sacred Space (Bible Talk, Ep. 41)
In the Old Testament, the Lord wants his people to be holy as he is holy (Lev. 20:26). That means sacred lives, but it also means he them to be marked of by sacred times and sacred places.

Alex chats with Jim and Sam about Leviticus 21–25.
Oct 20, 2021
Leviticus 17-20: On Goat Demons and the Golden Rule (Bible Talk, Ep. 40)
Leviticus 17–20 covers a lot: goat demons, the meaning of blood, Molech, the holiness of God, and loving your neighbor as yourself. How does it all fit together?
Oct 13, 2021
Leviticus 16: On the Pinnacle of the Pentateuch (Bible Talk, Ep. 39)
For a while now, Jim and Sam have been saying that Leviticus 16—the Day of the Atonement—is the theological center of the Torah. In this episode, they finally defend their case.
Oct 06, 2021
Leviticus 11–15: On Why You Can Step on Bugs and Eat Rock Badger Nuggets—And Still Go to Church (Bible Talk, Ep. 38)
In Leviticus, uncleanness results from death. That’s the big idea of Leviticus 11–15 and its discussion of chewing the cud, leprosy, and bodily discharges.

Alex Duke chats with Jim Hamilton and Sam Emadi about the next section of Leviticus.
Sep 29, 2021
Leviticus 8–10: On What the Deaths of Nadab and Abihu Have to Do With Church Membership and Discipline (Bible Talk, Ep. 37)
At the end of Leviticus 9, it’s almost as if we’ve fixed the problem of sin. But in the very next chapter, the Lord strikes down two priests—Nadab and Abihu—for offering “strange fire.”

In this episode of Bible Talk, Jim Hamilton, and Sam Emadi chat about Leviticus 8–10.
Sep 22, 2021
Leviticus 1–7: On the Difference Between Being the Quarterback and Tailgating Outside the Stadium (Bible Talk, Ep 36)
The book of Leviticus isn’t just a bunch of random rules. It provides an answer to the problem that’s been swirling over God’s people since Genesis 3: How can a sinful people dwell in the midst of a holy God?

In this episode of Bible Talk, Alex Duck talks with Jim Hamilton and Sam Emadi about Leviticus 1–7.
Sep 15, 2021
Exodus 35-40: On How It Started, How It’s Going, and the Beautiful End of Exodus (Bible Talk, Ep. 35)
By the end of Exodus, our story has come full circle. Humanity has been exiled since the Garden. But now, God will dwell amidst his people and they will have access to his presence.

Alex Duke chats with Jim Hamilton and Sam Emadi about Exodus 35–40.
Jul 21, 2021
Exodus 34: On YHWH’s Self-Expositional Sermon and Why We Have It Better than Radiant-Faced Moses (Bible Talk, Ep. 34)
In Exodus 34, Moses learns that the God who has saved and revealed himself to Israel is a God who has established his justice so that he can display the wonders of his mercy. This becomes the center of biblical theology.
Jul 14, 2021
Exodus 32-33: On Worshiping YHWH in a Carnival Mirror (Bible Talk, Ep. 33)
In Exodus 26–31, Moses is on the mountain talking with God. While that was happening, what were God’s people up to?

In this episode of Bible Talk, Alex Duke chats with Jim Hamilton and Sam Emadi about Exodus 32–33, in which God’s people “worship” God in terribly destructive ways.
Jul 07, 2021
Exodus 26-31: On Chip & Joanna Gaines’ Tour through the Furniture of Faith (Bible Talk, Ep. 32)
When we get to Exodus 26–31, we’re tempted to let our eyes glaze over what seems to be an overly long list of the Tabernacle furniture and its accompanying details. In this episode of Bible Talk, Alex Duke chats with Jim Hamilton and Sam Emadi what these chapters tell us and why we as Christians should care about them.
Jun 30, 2021
Exodus 24-25: On the Floor of Heaven and the Feet of God (Bible Talk, Ep. 31)
In Exodus 24–25, the summit of Sinai becomes the floor of heaven. Through Israel, God is once again establishing a connection between heaven and earth. In this episode of Bible Talk, Alex Duke chats with Jim Hamilton and Sam Emadi about what all this means.
Jun 23, 2021
Exodus 22-23: On Israel’s Bloated Sheep Market—and Other Jewels of Jewish Jurisprudence (Bible Talk, Ep. 30)
In this episode of Bible Talk, Alex Duke, Jim Hamilton, and Sam Emadi continue their conversation through Exodus. This time, they discuss all those laws in Exodus 22–23. Why are they there? Why should Christians not just let their eyes glaze over them?
Jun 09, 2021
Exodus 21: On Slavery, Proportional Justice, Goring Oxen, and Other Easy Topics (Bible Talk, Ep. 29)
When Moses refers to slavery in the Torah, how should we understand it? What about “justice”? In this episode of Bible Talk, Alex Duke chats with Jim Hamilton and Sam Emadi about a difficult chapter of Scripture: Exodus 21.
May 26, 2021
Exodus 19–20: On Thoughts, Words, Deeds, Deeds, Words, Thoughts (Bible Talk, Ep. 28)
At this point in Exodus, we have the people of God at the mountain of God to receive the Law of God in order to engage in the worship of God.
May 19, 2021
Exodus 16–18: On the Benefits of Small Government, Good In-Laws, and a Plurality of Elders (Bible Talk, Ep. 27)
It doesn’t take long for the Israelites to go from singing by the sea to grumbling against God, begging him to take them back to Egypt.
Apr 29, 2021
Exodus 14–15: From Beheading the Snake to Singing by the Sea (Bible Talk, Ep. 26)
In this episode of Bible Talk, Alex Duke chats with Jim Hamilton and Sam Emadi about Exodus 14–15.

Here, the people of Israel are overjoyed as they move from beheading the snake to singing by the sea.
Apr 23, 2021
Exodus 11–13: On the Presbyterian Exodus and the “Very Great” Podcast Named Bible Talk (Bible Talk, Ep. 25)
Bible Talk’s conversations through Exodus finally arrive at the exodus.
Apr 14, 2021
Exodus 8–10: On Finding Out There’s Something Rotten in the State of Egypt (Plus a Defense of Our References to Harry Potter!) (Ep. 24)
Exodus 8 begins with a plague of frogs. By the end of Exodus 10, the whole nation of Egypt is covered in total darkness—so much so that “they did not see one another, nor did anyone rise from his place for three days.” It’s as if the people of Egypt were stuck in a grave.

But the people of Israel? Moses tells us: “But all the people of Israel had light where they lived.”

In this episode of Bible Talk, Alex Duke chats with Jim Hamilton and Sam Emadi about Exodus 8–10.
Apr 07, 2021
Exodus 5–7: On Slowed-Down Wifi and Waiting in a Two-Hour Line Before Space Mountain (Bible Talk, Ep. 23)
By the end of Exodus 7, the Lord has brought the first plague against Egypt. But before we get there, Moses makes us wait.
Mar 17, 2021
Exodus 3–4: On Moses Milling about in Midian Until His Momentous Mountain Moment (Bible Talk, Ep. 22)
At the beginning of Exodus 3, Moses is just milling about in Midian. Then the LORD shows up—and everything changes.
Mar 10, 2021
Exodus 1–2: On Moses and the Ark—And Tracking Aslan on the Move (Bible Talk, Ep. 21)
Genesis ends with Joseph’s bones in a box in the belly of the beast. Exodus begins with Israel being fruitful and multiplying under the harsh rule of a Pharaoh who knows neither Joseph nor his God. In this episode of Bible Talk, Alex Duke chats with Jim Hamilton and Sam Emadi about Exodus 1–2.
Mar 03, 2021
Genesis 1–50: The Academy Awards Episode (Bible Talk, Ep. 20)
Alex Duke hosts the “Academy Awards of Genesis,” in which he gives some superlatives and asks Jim and Sam to look back and reflect on what they’ve learned as they’ve walked slowly through Moses’ masterpiece.
Feb 24, 2021
Genesis 48–50: On Genesis Fading to Black, Like the Extended Edition of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Bible Talk, Ep. 19)
In chapters 48–50, Genesis finally fades to black . . . very, very slowly.

Alex Duke chats with Jim Hamilton and Sam Emadi about Moses’ conclusion—which includes Jacob’s death, Joseph’s death, and a fascinating snapshot of “what could have been” for Egypt.
Feb 17, 2021
Genesis 46–47: On "Rosebud," Clunky Portmanteaus, and—At Last!—the Reunion of Father and Son (Bible Talk, Ep. 18)
It’s been decades since Jacob found out his beloved son Joseph had been torn apart by wild animals (Gen. 33:37). But at the end of last week’s episode, he discovered he was wrong! Joseph is alive! And so he wants to go see him before he dies.

In this episode of Bible Talk, Alex Duke chats with Jim Hamilton and Sam Emadi about Genesis 46–47. They cover this long-awaited reunion, and the tribes of Israel settling in Goshen.
Feb 10, 2021
Genesis 44–45: On the Shift from Fratricide to Forgiveness, Famine to Feast (Bible Talk, Ep. 17)
Finally, Bible Talk is back—and finally, Joseph tells his brothers who he really is. In this episode, Alex Duke chats with Jim Hamilton and Sam Emadi about Genesis 44–45.
Feb 03, 2021
Matthew 1–2: On The Virgin Mary, a Hail Mary, and Casper the Friendly Ghost (A Special Christmas Episode)
Bible Talk celebrates Christmas!

In Matthew 1–2, the Gospel writer regularly appeals to the Old Testament to show that what’s happening in the present is a fulfillment of past prophecies. But when you begin to scrutinize the texts in their original context, it’s not at clear that they point forward to the Messiah.

This raises a few questions: How does the Old Testament predict Jesus’ birth? More broadly, how do the New Testament writers understand Old Testament prophecy? Do they twist the text to make it say something the original authors never intended? More broadly, is there more than one kind of promise-and-fulfillment?

In this special Christmas episode of Bible Talk, Alex chats with Jim and Sam about Matthew 1–2 in order to find answers to these questions. Spoiler alert: they’re fascinating!
Dec 21, 2020
Genesis 42–43: On Joseph's Brilliant, Premeditated-ish Plan for His Bowed-Down Brothers (Bible Talk, Ep. 15)
In Genesis 42–43, Joseph has a brilliant plan to see if his brothers have been humbled, or if they’re still as wicked as they were when they threw him into a well and sold him into slavery.
Dec 16, 2020
Genesis 40–41: On Joseph's Rise from Gen Pop to the Second in Command (Bible Talk, Ep. 14)
At the beginning of Genesis 40, Joseph is living in the belly of the beast: an Egyptian prison. By the end of Genesis 41, he’s Pharaoh‘s second-in-command. But no matter his station, God’s favor remains on Joseph.
Dec 09, 2020
Genesis 37–39: On Being Like Joseph and Not Being Like Judah - At Least Not Yet (Bible Talk, Ep. 13)
Joseph’s story resolves every major plot-line of Genesis, proving that Moses is a “literary genius,” as Jim Hamilton puts it.

Alex Duke chats with Jim & Sam about Genesis 37–39. They cover Joseph’s brothers, Judah & Tamar, and Joseph & Potiphar’s wife.
Dec 02, 2020
Genesis 34–36: On Dinah’s Defiling, Jacob’s Sons’ War Crimes, and Other Things That Ought Not Be Done in Israel (Bible Talk, Ep. 12)
These chapters of Genesis cover some dark terrain, things that ought not be done in Israel (34:7). Shechem violates Dinah. Two of his others sons—Simeon and Levi—commit a war crime. And Esau’s descent away from God’s people is finally codified through his genealogy (Gen. 36).

What’s God up to in Genesis 34–36? Even amidst his chosen people’s sin and wickedness, he’s still preserving and preparing them for his purposes.
Nov 25, 2020
Genesis 32–33: On Jacob’s Rumbling Reconciliation with Esau and a Main Event Even Better Than WrestleMania III’s (Bible Talk, Ep. 11)
In Genesis 32–33, Jacob has two life-altering confrontations—one with the angel of God & one with the adversary of his lifetime: Esau, his brother. What happens next may surprise you.

Alex Duke chats with Jim Hamilton & Sam Emadi about all this & more.
Nov 18, 2020
Genesis 29–31: On Rachel's Junk Science, Jacob's Ancient Eugenics, and the Fear of Isaac's Unshakeable Sovereignty (Bible Talk, Ep. 10)
There’s a lot of deception and re-deception going on here. There's also some poetic justice, some pathetic names, some junk science, and a tense camel chase. In Episode 10 of Bible Talk, Alex Duke chats with Jim Hamilton and Sam Emadi about Genesis 29–31.
Nov 11, 2020
Genesis 27–28 | On Deception, Dreams, & Soap-Operatic Heartbreak (Bible Talk, Ep. 9)
These chapters of Genesis continue the story of Isaac, Rebekah, Jacob, and Esau. They play out like an episode of a soap opera: family member against family member; deceit on top of deceit; the promise of revenge.
Nov 04, 2020
Genesis 24–26: On When Isaac Meets Rebekah, Esau's Stupid Trade, and Sam's Fever Dreams about the Exodus (Bible Talk, Ep. 8)
In these chapters, Moses shifts his attention to the next generation of the promised line. As he does, familiar themes show up.
Oct 28, 2020
Genesis 21–23: On Ishmael's Expulsion, Isaac's Sacrifice, and Abraham's Graveyard (Bible Talk, Ep. 7)
Moses spends so much time cultivating an expectation for Isaac’s birth. But then, out of nowhere, the Lord tests Abraham, telling him to sacrifice his son, his only son whom he loves. Alex Duke chats with Jim Hamilton & Sam Emadi about Genesis 21–23.
Oct 22, 2020
Genesis 18–20: On Sordid Sins and the Glimmer of Grace, Even in Sodom and Gomorrah (Bible Talk, Ep. 6)
In this episode of Bible Talk, Alex Duke chats with Jim Hamilton and Sam Emadi about the Genesis 18–20. These chapters cover some of the darkest episodes in all of Scripture. We see the wages of sin—death—on full display. And yet, we also see glimmers of God’s grace and mercy.
Oct 14, 2020
Genesis 15–17: On The Lord's Covenant Ceremony, Sarah's Covenant Scheme, and Abraham's Covenant Sign (Bible Talk, Ep. 5)
In this episode of Bible Talk, Alex Duke chats with Jim Hamilton and Sam Emadi about the Lord’s covenant ceremony (Gen. 15), Sarah’s covenant scheme (Gen. 16), and Abraham’s covenant sign (Gen. 17).
Oct 07, 2020
Genesis 12–14 | On Lot’s Fateful Journey East, the War of the Pirate-Kings, and Abram’s “Aragorn Moment”
In this episode of Bible Talk, Alex Duke chats with Jim Hamilton and Sam Emadi about a towering Old Testament figure: Abram of the Chaldeans. What kind of man is he?
Sep 30, 2020
Genesis 6:9–11:32: On the Flood, the Tower of Babel, and PETA's Beef with Genesis 9:3
In this third episode of Bible Talk, Alex Duke chats with Jim Hamilton and Sam Emadi about Noah and the flood, the genealogy of Genesis 10, the Tower of Babel, and what all of this has to do with Jesus.
Sep 23, 2020
Genesis 3:20–6:8: On Cain & Abel, the Nephilim, and the Progeny of George Foreman
In the second episode of Bible Talk, Alex Duke chats with Jim Hamilton and Sam Emadi about Genesis 3:20–6:8. As man’s sinfulness grows both broader and deeper, God is still preserving a line of promise.
Sep 16, 2020
Genesis 1:1-3:19: On the Serpent, the Promised Seed, and Nahash the King of the Ammonites
In this inaugural episode of Bible Talk, Alex Duke chats with Jim Hamilton and Sam Emadi about the first three chapters of Genesis. These first three chapters of the Bible are so important because they set the trajectory for everything that comes next—all the way until we get to Revelation 22.
Sep 04, 2020