Episode 54: Demystifying the Book of Revelation

In our second episode on apocalyptic literature, we look at the book of Revelation. As the source of a lot of confusion (and a lot of bad modern ‘prophecy’) Revelation can feel like a strange ending to the biblical narrative. But a closer look at the ancient historical circumstances of the early church can help shed light on the wild imagery of John’s apocalypse, bringing a message that’s still relevant for followers of Jesus today.

Some resources to get started on Revelation:
Richard Bauckham – The Theology of the Book of Revelation
Gordon Fee – Revelation
Michael Gorman – Reading Revelation Responsibly
N. T. Wright – Revelation for Everyone

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Episode 53: Weird & Wild Apocalypse in the Bible

One of the key skills we need to read the Bible well is understanding and “playing by the rules” of the various types of literature we encounter. Apocalypse, often misunderstood as a checklist for the end-times, was a common literary style in ancient times, and is better understood as an “unveiling.” Today we talk about some key things to keep in mind as you make your way through the Bible’s strange and wild apocalyptic literature.

Have you learned or talked much about literary genres? Send us an email here: info@ifbr.bible

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Episode 52: Practicing Jesus-Shaped Lament w/ Rebekah Eklund

Most of us are familiar with the book of Lamentations and the many Psalms of lament, but what role does lament play in the New Testament?

Rebekah Eklund, Associate Professor of Theology at Loyola University Maryland and author of Jesus Wept and Practicing Lament, joins us to explore the significant role of lament in Jesus’ life. In the time between the resurrection and the eschaton, Christians are still called to lament – to cry out to God to come and make all things new.

Also by Rebekah: The Beatitudes through the Ages

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Episode 51: Gen Z’s Struggle With the Bible w/ Clay Crofford

Clay Crofford was a student at Indiana Wesleyan University when he realized that his confusion and discontentment with the Bible was not unusual. Among his friends and classmates, a lack of connection with Scripture was the norm.

For his senior project Clay produced a documentary, Reading Blind, that explores the true costs of misreading the Bible and the possibilities of a different way forward. Today he joins us to talk about Gen Z’s struggles with Scripture and his hope for his generation becoming immersed in its story.

Watch the Reading Blind documentary: https://youtu.be/RV7St0zvTfA

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Episode 50: Listener Q&A

It’s The Bible Reset’s 50th episode! To celebrate, we invited listeners to submit their questions about anything we’ve covered on the show so far, about IFBR’s work, or about the Bible in general.

Thanks to everyone who sent in questions, and to all of our listeners who have made this show successful!

Links to some resources mentioned in this episode:
Episode 35: Powers and Principalities: The Bible’s Most Overlooked Storyline
Episode 36: Jesus’ Upside-Down Victory Over the Powers
Learn more about Immerse: The Bible Reading Experience
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