The Merciful Father

In this week’s episode Fr. Marc and Richard discuss the parable of the Merciful Father, a story commonly (and unfortunately) known by the name of its secondary character, the Prodigal Son. Where modern hearers of the Bible expect the Father to show mercy in the face of unspeakable betrayal, Fr. Marc explains that taken in its proper context, the Father’s act of compassion is both incorrect and unjust. This raises questions about the problems of fairness and entitlement as they relate to grace and thanksgiving in the biblical tradition. The text discussed is found in the Gospel of Luke, chapter 15, verses 11-32. (Episode 11)

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Harlotry and Loyalty

Richard elaborates on the concept of “harlotry” in the Book of the Twelve, explaining how this metaphor is used to highlight the disloyalty and ingratitude of God’s people. He and Fr. Marc discuss how Israel turns their back on the Lord’s generosity, repeatedly seeking self-justification and security from others. In this way, Israel insults God, not only to their own detriment but at the expense of those in need. This week’s episode concludes with a special tribute to Metropolitan Philip Saliba, who fell asleep in the Lord on March 19, 2014. (Episode 10)

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Destruction of Jerusalem

In this week’s episode, Fr. Marc and Richard discuss a dominant pattern of judgment in the Bible, sometimes referred to as the “Destruction of Jerusalem.” This topic was prompted by a conversation with a friend from Nigeria, who was lamenting the problem of fundamentalism and the Muslim/Christian divide in his country. The podcast focuses on how this type of judgment works in the book of Amos, reflecting on God’s unique stance against his own people in the Bible and its implications for individuals, groups, and nations–a topic relevant to the many challenges faced in Nigeria, and elsewhere. (Episode 9)

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Suffer Little Children

Richard and Fr. Marc discuss their experiences reading Ezekiel with children and teens, dispelling the assumption that younger audiences are unable to wrestle with uncomfortable metaphors. In some cases, the children were able to intuit the story’s intended meaning where adults often misread or misunderstand. (Episode 8)

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It’s Functional!

Fr. Marc and Richard discuss the concept of “function” in biblical studies; its application in word analysis, where it is used to help uncover the meaning of words, but also its implications for discernment with respect to human behavior. (Episode 7)

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Whose Interpretation?

Fr. Marc and Richard discuss the problem of interpretation in Biblical Studies. (Episode 6)

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Pain of Victory

Richard reflects with Fr. Marc on the implications of reading the Minor Prophets as a unified story. (Episode 5)

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Consumer or Consumed?

Fr. Marc and Richard discuss the connection between scriptural violence in Micah and the Eucharistic meal in the New Testament. (Episode 4)

Written on the Heart

Fr. Marc interviews Hollie Benton, co-founder and Director of the Ephesus School. (Episode 3)

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Interview with Dr. Nicolae Roddy

Dr. Nicolae Roddy, Professor of Older Testament at Creighton University, is co-director of the Bethsaida Excavations Project, a consortium of universities excavating Bethsaida, an important city in biblical narrative located on the north shore of the Sea of Galilee. Dr. Rami Arav, professor of religion and philosophy at University of Nebraska, Omaha (UNO), re-discovered the site and identified it as Bethsaida in 1987. Since 1990, UNO has led a consortium of institutions in uncovering and studying artifacts. Their work has shed new light on the archaeology of the Bible Land and the way scholars interpret the Bible. In this interview, Dr. Roddy talks about biblical archeology and how it relates to his study of the Older Testament. (Episode 2)

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