There are a lot of people throwing around a lot of Bible verses for a lot of questionable reasons. In our mini-series, Holy or Boloney, we get to the bottom of Biblical rumor, one topic at a time.

You’ve heard a lot about him — an ancient apocalyptic Jewish prophet who was tortured by the Romans. We’ve finally reached the New Testament, and we lay the groundwork for who Jesus was and who wrote the Gospels, all while exposing our Christian bias and unconscious supersessionism.

Writer Virgie Townsend joins us to talk about her childhood in an Independent Fundamentalist Baptist church and how it’s influenced her work. Then, we tackle the heroine of the apocrypha: Judith.

There are a lot of people throwing around a lot of Bible verses for a lot of questionable reasons. In our mini-series, Holy or Boloney, we get to the bottom of Biblical rumor, one topic at a time.

As Rachel finishes the Old Testament she wonders…Are God’s people slouching toward theocracy? How can ancient Israelites and modern Evangelicals reconcile their belief in manifest destiny with the reality of secular rule? And what’s so great about David and Solomon?

013 Our God is a Vengeful God

We use Joshua and the Battle of Jericho as a jumping off point to consider whether violence against other groups can be justified. Aisling’s dad, a retired Catholic deacon, joins us as our first authentic guest of faith.

Ecclesiastes: Biblical counterculture in a book. The words of Qohelet have made their way from stump speeches to folk songs and back — but if Ecclesiastes was written today, would modern Christians accept it? We discuss Ecclesiastes and the meaning of hevel over a Prairie Paradise stout.

011 Retributive Justice is an Illusion, Michael

Once upon a time, there was a man named Job. God murdered his family to prove a point to Satan. But what did Job do to deserve this? 

We talk about whether Job was a real guy, his judgmental friends, and luxury beer Evil Twin Harlan's Even More Jesus. 

We talk with Andy and Fish from Inebri-art about Elijah and Hosea, the Biblical version of Chopped, and the benefits of being left behind in the rapture. The takeaway? In Andy's words, "God is your GPS, he tells you where to go, and when you get there you get snacks." 

Some of the female victims of the Bible don't have voices, and stories aren't considered from their perspective. We talk about how sadly modern Dinah's rape seems, the creepiness of David peeping at Bathsheba, and the disturbing experience of Tamar #2. While this episode contains some awkward laughter, confronting these episodes in the Bible isn't easy or funny — but it is important.

Do the female role models of the Bible live up to the standards the Proverbs? What's the deal with Proverbs 31 anyway? We discuss Biblical womanhood and the madonna-whore complex through the lens of Ruth, Tamar #1 and Jezebel over a Lost Abbey Serpent's Stout. 

Reading Leviticus is a feat not unlike running a marathon. Interpreting Old Testament laws for the modern era is a more elusive endeavor. Over a Springdale Pearly Wit, we set the stage for codified religion with the Ten Commandments and the Golden Calf before taking on the book of the Bible everyone loves to skip. 

In this episode, we have too much Allagash, finish Genesis and travel through Exodus. Jacob and Rachel's fairy tale love story kicks off the nation of Israel. A favorite son goes from rags to riches, and leads his people to the land where they'll eventually be enslaved. A new generation cries out to God and is finally delivered. Oh, and we talk about Wild Wild Country. 

In our last episode on Genesis (for now) we tackle some challenging stories and their implications. What does the story of Sodom and Gomorrah say about homosexuality? Does the binding of Isaac show that God demands blind faith? Can a moral code be defined beyond the pages of the Bible?