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Episode 202 (EXTENDED) Anxiety and Promise (Genesis 15:1-6)

Episode 202 (EXTENDED) Anxiety and Promise (Genesis 15:1-6)

September 13, 2020

In this special extended episode, BibleWorm discusses Genesis 15:1-6 -- God’s covenant with Abraham. We talk about the honest, holy mess of it, the sussing each other out, and the early days in a relationship when everything feels fragile and trust goes an especially long way. We talk about waiting, and the anxiety of waiting when we don’t have access to the full plan. And we talk a surprising amount about the time-space continuum, and how Abraham, God, and even BibleWorm fit into it.

Episode 202 Anxiety and Promise (Genesis 15:1-6)

Episode 202 Anxiety and Promise (Genesis 15:1-6)

September 13, 2020

This week, BibleWorm discusses Genesis 15:1-6 -- God’s covenant with Abraham. We talk about the honest, holy mess of it, the sussing each other out, and the early days in a relationship when everything feels fragile and trust goes an especially long way. We talk about waiting, and the anxiety of waiting when we don’t have access to the full plan. And we talk a surprising amount about the time-space continuum, and how Abraham, God, and even BibleWorm fit into it.

Episode 201 The Angst of Being Human (Genesis 2:4b-7, 15-17; 3:1-10)

Episode 201 The Angst of Being Human (Genesis 2:4b-7, 15-17; 3:1-10)

September 6, 2020

This week BibleWorm returns to our study of the Narrative Lectionary by going allll the way back to the creation story in Genesis 2 and 3. We discuss what it means that human beings are made of dust and breath and ponder our relationship to plants, animals, and the earth. We wrestle with the tree of knowledge of good and evil and why it is that such knowledge is so troubling for humankind. We wonder about the serpent in the garden and ask whether it was ever possible that Eden was going to work in the first place. And we think about humans hiding our true selves from God, embarrassed to be only what God created us to be.

Episode 201 (EXTENDED)The Angst of Being Human (Genesis 2:4b-7, 15-17; 3:1-10)

Episode 201 (EXTENDED)The Angst of Being Human (Genesis 2:4b-7, 15-17; 3:1-10)

September 6, 2020

In this special extended episode, BibleWorm returns to our study of the Narrative Lectionary by going allll the way back to the creation story in Genesis 2 and 3. We discuss what it means that human beings are made of dust and breath and ponder our relationship to plants, animals, and the earth. We wrestle with the tree of knowledge of good and evil and why it is that such knowledge is so troubling for humankind. We wonder about the serpent in the garden and ask whether it was ever possible that Eden was going to work in the first place. And we think about humans hiding our true selves from God, embarrassed to be only what God created us to be.

Episode 152 Esther 3:1-11 and 7:1-10 Resisting Ethnic Nationalism

Episode 152 Esther 3:1-11 and 7:1-10 Resisting Ethnic Nationalism

August 2, 2020

This week BibleWorm meets Queen Esther, winner of some biblical version of The Bachelor. We learn about the blood feud between the people of Haman and the people of Mordecai, and see the all too familiar trope that Jews - or anyone deemed an “outsider,” really - is a danger to the kingdom. We see loyalty without uniformity in action. And we see all kinds of different models for standing up to the artificial and dangerous power structures in the world.

Episode 151 Esther 1:1-22 Resisting the Patriarchy

Episode 151 Esther 1:1-22 Resisting the Patriarchy

July 26, 2020

This week BibleWorm continues our summer series on the Forgotten Books of the Bible with a look at Esther 1:1-22, the story of the Persian Queen Vashti and her refusal to appear before the king. We discuss the fragile egos of the king and his courtiers who fear the capacity of women to say no. We talk about the power of the patriarchy and the lengths it will go to to suppress voices of dissent. We admire Vashti’s courage to protect her own sense of dignity and the dignity of all women even though it costs her the crown. And we wonder about the ripple effects of such acts of courage, which make ruling ideologies tremble, if only for a moment.

Episode 150 Ruth 1:14-18 and 3:1-15 Reading Ruth Against the Grain

Episode 150 Ruth 1:14-18 and 3:1-15 Reading Ruth Against the Grain

July 19, 2020

This week BibleWorm explores Ruth chapters 1 and 3, trying to imagine Ruth’s own perspective and calling out some of the ways that the book portrays painful parts of the immigrant experience. We see how the scene at the threshing floor plays on the worst stereotypes of Moabite women, and how Ruth’s beautiful statement of loyalty to Naomi also carries with it an erasure of her own heritage. We try to recognize our own blind spots, and lean into the scholarship of others who can help shed new light.

Episode 149 Ruth 2:1-20 and 4:9-17 Making Ancient Israel Great Again

Episode 149 Ruth 2:1-20 and 4:9-17 Making Ancient Israel Great Again

July 12, 2020

This week BibleWorm continues our summer series on the Forgotten Books of the Bible, with a look at the book of Ruth 2:1-20 and 4:9-17. We look at the way the book of Ruth challenges anti-immigrant sentiment in the time of Ezra-Nehemiah and in our own day. We discuss how the book lifts up the foundational contributions of Ruth the Moabite, whose persistence saves the family line of King David, without whom ancient Israel would never have been great in the first place. We think about how the book tries to counter anti-immigrant sentiment by depicting Ruth as hardworking, culturally astute, and dedicated to her Israelite mother-in-law Naomi. We also wonder what damage such rhetoric might do to Ruth—but that’s a conversation for next week.

Episode 148 Song of Songs 5:2-9 and 8:5-10 Solidarity and Allegory

Episode 148 Song of Songs 5:2-9 and 8:5-10 Solidarity and Allegory

July 5, 2020

This week BibleWorm continues our study of the Song of Songs, learning more about the awesome and fearsome passion of our young lovers, and seeing the jarring ways in which the world around them - well, to be more specific, the men around them - seeks to control that passion. And in case you weren’t sufficiently challenged to read this as both erotic poetry and an allegory about our relationship with God, how bout we flip the roles in that allegory and see what happens then? You know you want to try.

Episode 147 Song of Songs 1:12-2:6 and 7:1-13 The Joy of Sex

Episode 147 Song of Songs 1:12-2:6 and 7:1-13 The Joy of Sex

June 28, 2020

This week BibleWorm continues our summer series on the Forgotten Books of the Bible, turning our attention to Song of Songs 1:12-2:6 and 7:1-13. We wonder at the presence of erotic love poetry in the biblical canon and wrestle what it means for our understanding of bodies, sexuality, and God. We explore themes of sexual empowerment, invitation and consent, and the joy of sex. We think about how the Song invites us to admire and respect human bodies, challenging a culture that alternately shames and sexualizes bodies for profit. Mostly, we consider how this ancient text, set free in our churches and synagogues, might empower us to speak more authentically about human sexuality.

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