#13: The Background to Romans

What do Emperor Claudius’ decree in AD49 and a mysterious figure called “Chrestus” have to do with Paul’s letter to the Romans?

#12: Typology

Becoming sensitive to the use of typology can really enhance one’s understanding of the Bible. Learn what typology is and isn’t, and how it can benefit your study.

#11: Chiasms

Have you noticed that Scripture often repeats itself in reverse, creating a mirror image? This is known as a chiasm. Chiasms are a tool the Biblical authors used regularly, and in this episode we discuss their importance.

#10: Honor & Shame

Familiarity with the significance of honor and shame in the ancient world will enhance your understanding of the Bible on every page.

#9: Inclusio

Inclusio, or bracketing, is a literary framing technique found regularly in the Bible. In this episode, we, along with our guest Spencer Robinson, examine some examples of inclusio in Scripture and why they matter.

#8: The Psalter

The Psalms have a unique place in the Biblical canon and in the worship of Jews and Christians. Psalms are commonly read individually, but what if we read them as part of a book: the Psalter?

#7: The Mark Sandwich

When reading the Gospel of Mark, have you ever found that he interrupted himself mid-story to tell a different one? If so, you have tasted what’s known as a Markan Sandwich, also known as intercalation.

#6: Patronage and Grace

A knowledge of biblical backgrounds can enhance our understanding of the Bible. In this episode we look at the first century cultural practice of patronage and its implications for deepening our understanding of grace and other important New Testament concepts.

#5: The Tanak

Why do Hebrew copies of the Old Testament have a different order than that found in our English Bibles? Lindsay and Randy discuss the differences and why they matter.

#4: The Biblical Narrator

We examine the narrative genre and what literary scholars call “the biblical narrator.” Identifying who is speaking and being sensitive to the biblical narrator’s voice can, at times, prevent confusion, and greatly enhance our understanding of the biblical story.

#3: Genre

We discuss the importance of genre for Bible study. What is genre, how does genre influence meaning, how do we identify a genre? How can understanding genre help our reading?

#2: Study Tools

An episode dedicated to introducing various tools that can help in Bible study. We discuss study Bibles, dictionaries, atlases, commentaries, and Bible software.

#1: The Big Picture

In this first episode of Beyond Reading the Bible, Randy and Lindsay introduce themselves and discuss the importance of the big picture in Bible reading.

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