The Skeptics’ Testament Episode 22

Welcome to episode 21 of The Skeptics’ Testament Podcast! This episode we deal with some popular conceptions and depictions of Jesus. Especially this time of the year! You may be surprised to discover, for example, Jesus was unequivocally not born in a stable! Was Jesus a carpenter? When was Jesus Born? Listen in to find out more.

Merry Christmas and enjoy! :)

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Episode host (direct download): http://podcastlaboratory.libsyn.com/the-skeptics-testament-episode-22

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The Skeptics’ Testament Episode 21

Welcome to episode 21 of The Skeptics’ Testament Podcast! This episode we answer a bunch of bible questions—Did the Exodus from Egypt happen? According to Paul, should women keep silent in church? We also discuss the Daniel 2 prophecy and more!

Enjoy!

Twitter: @skeptestament

Episode host (direct download): http://podcastlaboratory.libsyn.com/the-skeptics-testament-episode-21

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The Skeptics’ Testament Episode 20

Episode 20 of The Skeptics’ Testament Podcast available now on iTunes! This episode we tackle the growing list of bible questions! What was the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah? How do historians work out what Jesus probably did and did not say? What was Jesus’ real name? Is the bible historically reliable or does it contain only myth? And more!

Enjoy!

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Episode host (direct download): http://podcastlaboratory.libsyn.com/the-skeptics-testament-episode-20

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The Two Source Hypothesis: Quelle (Q Source) Part I

As any educator can testify to, when the work of two students is so similar (often verbatim), we naturally suspect copying is going on. More often than not, one student copies the work of another and so it then becomes our task to investigate and pinpoint the origins. Less often the case is that both students shared the same source and copied the same section out verbatim. It’s less likely for obvious reasons, what are the chances two students working independently from one another managed to stumble across the same source and then copied the same sections of that source? But it is precisely this, that many scholars think, has happened with Matthew and Luke. The material shared between Matthew and Luke (DT material) that is not found in Mark share the same phenomenon that the TT material has. This double tradition material is almost word-for-word agreement. Here we will investigate the evidence for the solution scholars propose to explain why many of the stories Matthew and Luke share (that are not found in Mark) are so close in wording. Continue reading

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The Skeptics’ Testament Episode 19 (Part II)

Episode 19 (Part II) of The Skeptics’ Testament Podcast available now on iTunes! This episode we continue our philosophical discussion with Tyler and Brandon. Here Brandon details his position on Nihilism as an open door to terrors!

Enjoy!

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The Synoptic Problem: Part II

Part II

Redactional Fatigue 

In Part I we covered what scholars mean by “The Synoptic Problem” and laid out the data we’re dealing with, namely the Triple Tradition (TT) material, where Markan priority was explained in a little detail. From here on we will be detailing the more intricate and important evidence for Markan priority, i.e. Mark was the first gospel and both Matthew and Luke coped, often verbatim, from Mark. Continue reading

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Psalms 137: An Exegetical Approach

Introduction

Psalms 137 has long been one of my favourite biblical passages and not simply because of the shock value held by the final verses. Surely “a blessing on him who repays you in kind” and “a blessing on him who seizes your babies and dashes them against the rocks!” are the rarest of occurrences in any sermon (137:8—9)! This type of retaliatory language only piqued my interest in Psalm 137 and to avoid running the risk of a shallow understanding and interpretation I was forced to study the passages in detail. Apart from the obvious questions one could ask, such as “what on earth is something like this doing in the bible?” and “is this really condoning the dashing of babies as a form of retribution?”—certain theological questions arise for the Christian disciple reading such a passage. Namely what does this suggest about God, if anything, and the issues of faith the author was faced with during the time period this passage was constructed? Moreover, what does Psalm 137 suggest about the society it was written in? Continue reading

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