The Plague of the Firstborn – Firstborn E5
The Bible Project Podcast
by Tim Mackie, Jon Collins
22h ago
How does the plague of the firstborn from Exodus fit into the biblical theme of the firstborn? And what does it mean when Yahweh calls Israel his firstborn son? In this episode, Tim and Jon explore the theme of the firstborn in the Exodus scroll. View full show notes from this episode → Timestamps  Part one (00:00-19:23) Part two (19:23-37:19) Part three (37:19-52:07) Part four (52:07-1:11:44) Referenced Resources Interested in more? Check out Tim’s library here. You can experience the literary themes and movements we’re tracing on the podcast in the BibleProject app, available for And ..read more
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Power Grabs and Patriarchs – Firstborn E4
The Bible Project Podcast
by Tim Mackie, Jon Collins
1w ago
Early in the story of the Bible, God chooses the family of Abraham, his son Isaac, and Isaac’s son Jacob as his chosen representatives to bless other peoples. But these families are full of the same rivalry, envy, and division present in any other family. What is God doing with these less-than-ideal candidates? Join Tim and Jon as they trace the theme of the firstborn in the narratives of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. View full show notes from this episode → Timestamps  Part one (00:00-11:35) Part two (11:35-26:44) Part three (26:44-40:08) Part four (40:08-53:40) Part five (53:40-1:09:20 ..read more
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Seizing vs. Receiving Power – Firstborn E2
The Bible Project Podcast
by Tim Mackie, Jon Collins
3w ago
It’s not explicitly stated, but the theme of the firstborn first appears in the opening narratives of the Hebrew Bible. In Genesis 1 and 2, Yahweh elevates humans, the latecomers of creation, to rule the land. In Genesis 3, a snake, who is some kind of spiritual being, tricks the humans despite their authority as God’s image bearers. This story is echoed in other accounts of sibling rivalry that continue throughout the Hebrew Bible. Join Tim and Jon as they discuss the land rulers and sky rulers and the theme of the firstborn in Genesis 1-3. View full show notes from this episode → Timestamps ..read more
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God's Response to Human Power Structures – Firstborn E1
The Bible Project Podcast
by Jon Collins, Tim Mackie
1M ago
In ancient Near Eastern societies, firstborn sons were prized above all other children and inherited special privileges and authority simply because of their birth order. In this episode, Tim and Jon start a new theme study covering the theme of the firstborn. Spoiler alert: The God of the Bible opposes lots of human ideas about power, and the privilege of the firstborn is no exception. Again and again, we’ll see Yahweh picking younger siblings and people we wouldn’t expect to be his chosen representatives. View full show notes from this episode → Timestamps  Part one (00:00-21:51) Part ..read more
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Happy New Year From BibleProject!
The Bible Project Podcast
by Tim Mackie, Jon Collins
1M ago
We shared a lot of firsts together in 2022—from launching our first app, to reading the Torah movement by movement as an international community, to experiencing the Bible through new classes and videos. In our final episode of 2022, Tim, Jon, and BibleProject CEO, Steve, reflect on the year behind us and look forward to the years ahead. View full show notes from this episode → Referenced Resources Interested in more? Check out Tim’s library here. You can experience all of our resources in the BibleProject app, available for Android and iOS. Show Music  “Defender (Instrumental)” by TEN ..read more
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Simkhat Torah: Celebrating a Year of Reading
The Bible Project Podcast
by Tim Mackie, Jon Collins
1M ago
When a Jewish synagogue finishes reading through the Torah together, they celebrate Simkhat Torah. What is Simkhat Torah? Find out on today’s episode as Jon and Tim reflect on our year-long journey through the Torah and look ahead to the rest of the TaNaK. View full show notes from this episode → Timestamps  Part one (00:00-09:30) Part two (09:30-31:00) Part three (31:00-57:45) Part four (57:45-01:15:47) Referenced Resources Interested in more? Check out Tim’s library here. You can experience the literary themes and movements we’re tracing on the podcast in the BibleProject app, availa ..read more
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When Do Words Become A Blessing? – Torah Q+R
The Bible Project Podcast
by Tim Mackie, Jon Collins
1M ago
How do we know the biblical authors intended to link certain words and stories? When do someone’s words become a blessing? How do sacrifices actually atone for sins? In this episode, Tim and Jon respond to audience questions from a year’s worth of conversations about the Torah. Thank you to our audience for your questions! View full show notes from this episode → Timestamps  How Do We Know the Biblical Authors Used Hyperlinks? (1:19) When Do Words Become a Blessing? (13:47)  Is the Genesis 3 Curse Part of a Covenant? (20:31) What’s the Significance of Passing Through the Waters? (27 ..read more
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Which Laws Still Apply? – Deuteronomy Scroll Q+R
The Bible Project Podcast
by Tim Mackie, Jon Collins
2M ago
Which ancient Israelite laws still apply today and which don’t? Should the law be divided into moral, civil, and ceremonial categories? And why did Jesus quote Deuteronomy when Satan tempted him? In this episode, Tim and Jon respond to audience questions about the Deuteronomy scroll. Thanks to our incredible audience for your questions. View full show notes from this episode → Timestamps  Which Laws Still Apply and Which Don’t? (1:30) Can Laws Be Categorized as Moral, Civil, and Ceremonial Rules? (12:52)  Were Jesus and His Disciples Considered Sojourners Under the Law? (22:47) Why ..read more
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Moses’ Final Words – Deuteronomy E9
The Bible Project Podcast
by Jon Collins, Tim Mackie
2M ago
Who are Yahweh’s children? Up until the conclusion of the Torah, the answer to that question has appeared to be all of Israel. But in his final moments, Moses warns Israel that Yahweh’s true children are those who remain faithful to his covenant. In the final episode of our journey through the Torah, join Tim and Jon as they explore a prophetic poem that will set the tone for the rest of the TaNaK. View full show notes from this episode → Timestamps  Part one (00:00-23:25) Part two (23:25-48:13) Part three (48:13-01:01:53) Part four (01:01:53-1:19:19) Referenced Resources The Violence ..read more
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Can Anyone Live a Blessed Life? – Deuteronomy E8
The Bible Project Podcast
by Jon Collins, Tim Mackie
2M ago
Moses gives the least motivating pep talk ever in the third movement of Deuteronomy. He outlines God’s covenant and the various blessings and curses associated with it, and then he tells Israel, “You’re going to fail.” Talk about demoralizing! In this episode, join Tim and Jon as they explore the paradox of righteousness accomplished by divine sovereignty and human freedom through the lens of Deuteronomy and the New Testament writers. View full show notes from this episode → Timestamps  Part one (00:00-11:45) Part two (11:45-35:15) Part three (35:15-47:30) Part four (47:30-58:00) Part fi ..read more
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