Even though we ran short on time, we still were able to have an abbreviated conversation this week about the Intertestamental Period. The two testaments stand 500 years apart, and a whole lot happened in that time, including stuff that must shape how we understand the New Testament.
For our last week in the Hebrew Bible, we look at Daniel. When we bore down into it, Daniel is resistance literature of a subjugated people living under an oppressive empire. And it introduces us to apocalyptic literature, a genre written by those with no earthly chance of vindication—and which we'll see all over the New Testament.
This week, we take a look at Ezra. Last week (for which the audio recording did not work), we looked at the Babylonian Exile that the Judean elites were taken to. However, now they come back to Judah. But there are major class divides that rock the returning exiles, pitting rich against poor. Ezra's religious reforms simply exacerbate this conflict.
This week, we take a pause from our meta-narrative to step back and look at some of the implications of these stories. Rabbi Paul Strasko joins us to give us a helpful perspective on how we should think about these stories about which we so often feel squeamish.
This week takes a somber turn, as we have to work through the grief that the people of Judah experienced with the starvation and subsequent exile brought on by the protracted Babylonian siege of Jerusalem. Along the way of, we look at Jeremiah and Lamentations to give us some insight into how they grieved—and what we can learn from them.
After spending a month up with the Northern Kingdom, we have witnessed its demise. So we saunter down to the Southern Kingdom, where King Josiah is busy enacting sweeping social and theological reforms. We explore a little bit of the clash between "YHWH only" religion and folk religion.
We stay again with the Northern Kingdom this week. They're experiencing an economic boom and tons of prosperity as a country. But the prophet Amos wants us to pause and take a look at whose expense this wealth is being created. His answer: the poor.
We're spend our time this week with the Northern kingdom. After the split between North and South, Jeroboam attempted to make the North into a utopian state. However, it soon devolved in chaos and political turmoil. This coincides, however, with the rise of the prophets as social critics. This week, we take a look today at how all of these forces coincided to make a time for the North that was prosperous, but had an unsettling undercurrent being brought to the surface by the prophets.