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The Human Bible

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The Human Bible is a podcast that deconstructs and demystifies the Bible. It takes a secular, sober, and impartial look at the Bible—no belief in the supernatural, no favoritism, no animosity. No questions are off limits, and no dogma stifles our inq...Show More
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Episode 035

53:38 | Oct 8th, 2014

In this, the penultimate Human Bible show, hosted by the Center for Inquiry, Dr. Price examines whether or not the Book of Revelation was based on real visions and were there two Gerasene Demoniacs or only one, vis. Mark 5:2 and Luke 8:27 versus Matt...Show More
Episode 034

50:59 | Jul 2nd, 2014

Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to interpret the book of Revelation, in episode 34 of The Human Bible with Dr. Robert M. Price. Then, did Peter personally air his dirty laundry through the Gospel of Mark, as apologists claim? L...Show More
Episode 033

53:11 | May 8th, 2014

Check your prophetic scorecard and track how many years Adam's got left, while pondering whether fashion statements are in the Bible. Get up to speed on 1st century Judaism's idea of blasphemy and stumble with apologists over the question of universa...Show More
Episode 032

1:05:28 | Mar 17th, 2014

The Human Bible episode 32 begins by elaborating on "realized eschatology," continued from episode 31, and it only gets better. Join Dr. Robert M. Price as he sticks up for the Bible's insistence on four-legged bugs. Find out the answer to the questi...Show More
Episode 031

1:04:03 | Feb 19th, 2014

Ever wonder why some stories appear in two or three gospels, but in very different forms? Why the changes in wording, and what significance do these changes have? Robert Price explains how through “redaction criticism” we can explain some of these d...Show More
Episode 030

50:06 | Dec 19th, 2013

We start the episode getting up to speed on a basic idea: Does the New Testament say that Jesus is God? Next: a look at some of the classic examples of excuse-making in the Bible, also known as the convenient-but-confusing “Doctrine of Progressive Re...Show More
Episode 029

54:10 | Dec 12th, 2013

First off, we get up to speed with the Book of Job. Exactly what are we supposed to learn from this story? When bad things happen to good people, are they just being tested? Or are they being punished? Or is it just about suffering as a great learnin...Show More
Episode 028

44:58 | Sep 23rd, 2013

What exactly is the idea behind "love your enemy as yourself"? Bob shows us it's more complicated than you might think: It might be that you're supposed to love your enemy because you're hoping God will be the one to dole out punishment to the wicked...Show More
Episode 027

49:32 | Aug 30th, 2013

The Human Bible returns for ten more episodes, kicking things off with a question that, if answered, could have literally cosmic implications: Did Ezekiel encounter alien spaceships? It's a more compelling question than you think. Also, Bob wonders i...Show More
Episode 026

42:20 | Apr 18th, 2013

This week we finally answer the big question on everyone's mind: Was Jesus a shape-shifter, YES OR NO? Also, what exactly is a concubine, in biblical terms? We answer some great listener questions: What in the world is going on in Matthew 27:51-53 w...Show More
Episode 025

50:32 | Apr 11th, 2013

As the ancient proverb says, you can't tell the Herods apart without a scorecard. We get up to speed this week on all the different Herods mentioned in the Bible. It's pretty well known that the Bible can be, to put it mildly, especially unkind to wo...Show More
Episode 024

57:12 | Mar 5th, 2013

Big news! Human Bible t-shirts are now in stock. They're the best way to show the world that while the Bible may not be infallible, you think it's pretty damn fascinating. Pick one up today! As always, we get up to speed—this time we look at the evol...Show More
Episode 023

38:15 | Feb 1st, 2013

This week on The Human Bible we get up to speed on the Torah. What sort of laws does it contain, and who enforces them? Some critics of the gospels claim that they were written by people playing, basically, a big game of telephone—how do apologists r...Show More
Episode 022

39:24 | Jan 24th, 2013

This week on The Human Bible, we ask: to whom was the Bible written? Is it meant to be read by anyone that happens to pick it up, or did its authors have a more specific audience in mind? We take a look at "the day the earth stood still!" The Bible s...Show More
Episode 021

59:33 | Jan 11th, 2013

This week on The Human Bible, we first get Up to Speed by answering some questions: What is the difference between Isreal and Judah? Between Israelite and Jew? And does Jew mean the same thing as Judean? We flip things around for this week's Apologet...Show More
Episode 020: Christmas Special

47:48 | Dec 23rd, 2012

This week, first thing's first: is your humble host actually Santa Claus? Listen and find out! We get up to speed on the predicted coming of Jesus and the nature of prophecy. When was Jesus born? Was it during the reign of Harod the Great, or a coupl...Show More
Episode 019

49:41 | Nov 30th, 2012

This week on The Human Bible we explain some of the differences between an historian and an apologist. How do historians decide if a story comes from mythology or from reality? A well known story in the Bible involves a mustard seed—in particular, it...Show More
Episode 018

37:09 | Nov 19th, 2012

This week on The Human Bible we get a primer on some often mispronounced and misspelled Biblical terms. Prophecy, prophesy, prophesize? Is it Book of Revelation or Book of Revelations? During Apologetics is Never Having to Say You're Sorry, we wonder...Show More
Episode 017

1:01:39 | Nov 1st, 2012

This week on The Human Bible we carefully examine a very important figure in the Bible—John the Baptist. What did his followers really think of Jesus? Did they welcome him, or reject him as the... anti-Christ? In Apologetics is Never Having to Say Yo...Show More
Episode 016

50:57 | Oct 10th, 2012

This week we get up to speed on another Jewish sect: the Essenes. Some think the Dead Sea Scrolls are a collection of their writings—but are they really? We examine a prophecy in Isaiah 17 which suggests Damascus is going to be turned into a ruinous ...Show More
Episode 015

53:16 | Oct 4th, 2012

Lately we've been hearing a lot in the news about a recently discovered fragment of papyrus that says something about Jesus having a wife. What's to be made of that? Did he have a wife? Is the scrap of papyrus the real deal, and if so, is this huge n...Show More
Episode 014

53:29 | Sep 19th, 2012

The Pharisees, the scribes, and the Sadducees—all names you're probably familiar with, but who the Sheol were they really? Tune in to this week's episode of The Human Bible and find out! We also delve into several of the biggest biblical contradictio...Show More
Episode 013

41:09 | Aug 29th, 2012

This week on The Human Bible we get a little more up to speed on the Psalms-are they lyrics, poetry, or something else entirely? If they're lyrics, who was meant to sing them?! We look into the truth, or lack of it, in an apologetic attempt to reconc...Show More
Episode 012

59:54 | Aug 7th, 2012

This week we first get up to speed on something very fundamental: Who was Jesus, according to orthodox belief? We delve into the multiple—and conflicting—genealogies of Jesus in this episode's "Apologetics is Never Having to Say You're Sorry." We ans...Show More
Episode 011

42:31 | Jul 19th, 2012

Among all the different versions, translations, and copies of the Bible, which one should you look to if you care about historical accuracy? This week's Human Bible answers that question. We also look into a prophecy found in Revelation: The end is n...Show More
Episode 010

46:01 | Jul 10th, 2012

This week in "Up to Speed" we delve into the Psalms and learn how to actually understand what they're talking about, and where the authors were coming from. We wonder why God changes his mind so much, considering he's unchanging and all that. We answ...Show More
Episode 009

46:06 | Jun 25th, 2012

This week on The Human Bible we do some more Biblical form criticism; this time taking a look at look at parables in the Bible. We follow up on last week's 'Audience Inquisition' question: "Have you ever heard someone 'quote' something from the Bible...Show More
Episode 008

30:53 | Jun 8th, 2012

The long awaited Human Bible episode eight arrives! This week we look into some of the harsh lessons the Bible teaches, most involving some kind of horrible death. We introduce a new segment called "Audience Inquisition in which we ask you, dear list...Show More
Episode 007

1:05:07 | May 24th, 2012

This week on The Human Bible we learn some more about Form Criticism and how the Bible tends to repeat itself over, and over, and over. We take an in-depth and critical look at what the Bible actually has to say about homosexuality—and it might surpr...Show More
Episode 006

52:45 | May 10th, 2012

In today's episode, we learn about Biblical Form Criticism—what does scripture have in common with knock-knock jokes and superheroes anyway? We answer a question from the Human Bible Hotline about the Epic of Gilgamesh and whether or not the Bible to...Show More
Episode 005

43:40 | Apr 25th, 2012

This week on The Human Bible we get up to speed on how the Bible wound up split into chapters and verses. Spoiler: it definitely wasn't written that way. A called from Minnesota asks about the nature of Hell—does the Bible say it's a fiery, demon-sup...Show More
Episode 004

50:15 | Apr 12th, 2012

Today on The Human Bible, we first talk about the pivotal Biblical character Marcion of Pontus and what he had to do with the formation of the New Testament. We read from and discuss one of the Bible's best erotic poems, the Song of Solomon. (Yes, yo...Show More
Episode 003

43:11 | Mar 29th, 2012

Episode three of The Human Bible is here! Today, we get up to speed on the many names of God—can't he just pick one already? We answer questions on plagues and virgin births, wonder where C.S. Lewis came up with some of that stuff, and read into the ...Show More
Episode 002

44:50 | Mar 15th, 2012

It's episode two of The Human Bible! In this episode, we answer listener questions about unicorns and dragons, learn about the Old Testament's sources, premiere a new segment called "Apologetics Is Never Having to Say You're Sorry," and ask whether o...Show More
Episode 001

45:43 | Feb 29th, 2012

It's the first episode of The Human Bible! Join host Robert Price as he answers listener questions and devles into regular segments like "Prophetic Scorecard" and "Is That in the Bible?!" We'll cover everything from the Q Source (including explaining...Show More