Naked Bible Podcast Episode 030: Introducing Word Level Study

| December 1, 2012

It’s been several weeks since I’ve been able to do another podcast episode, so here we go. In this episode, the series on taking Bible study seriously transitions to word level research by overviewing some directions we’ll take as we think about studying biblical words. Technorati Tags: context, greek, hebrew, study, word

Ancient Culture and Bible Translation

| October 4, 2012

(No, I haven’t forgotten about Part 2 to my “can unbelievers please God”; that will come.) Until then, I thought readers would find this post by Charles Halton: “Why the Study of Ancient Culture is Inseparable from Translation.” It will especially be of interest to those following the podcast series regarding interpreting the Bible in […]

Naked Bible Episode 026: Advice for Interpreting Parables

| September 29, 2012

In the last podcast episode I continued the series on studying the Bible in light of its various types of literature – its literary genres. I looked at an example related to the New Testament – how the literary features of Greco-Roman phantom tales and “post-mortem appearances” of the dead inform our reading of NT […]

Naked Bible Podcast Episode 20

| August 5, 2012

I’ve talked in previous episodes about how the best way to understood the original context of the biblical writers is to immerse yourself in the worldview of the civilizations with which the biblical writers had regular contact.  We’ve already spent several episodes on my recommendations for accessing the texts of the ancient Near East and […]

Naked Bible Podcast Episode 017: Taking the Bible’s Own Context Seriously

| July 9, 2012

In this second episode of the series on Bible study, I discuss what interpreting the Bible “in context” really means — taking the Bible’s own primitive context seriously. Rather than filter the Bible through creeds dating from the 17th and 18th centuries, or even the period of early Christianity, the Bible’s actual context is the […]