Rethinking Scripture

Dr. Gregory Hall

Rethinking what we thought we already knew about the Bible.

Every Thursday, Dr. Gregory Hall examines familiar scriptures from a literary and thematic perspective and examines new ways the scriptures are being examined. The Rethinking Scripture Podcast will allow you to better grasp a biblical understanding of where humanity has been, who we are, and what lies ahead.

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Rethinking Scripture Podcast - Episode 1: Introduction to Rethinking ScriptureJune 5, 2021 - Host: Dr. Gregory HallWhy is it important to rethink what we already know about the Bible? Well... because what we think we know is very likely wrong. Or at least it has been somehow altered, away from its original meaning, by our traditions and creeds. We also need to rethink because it's exactly what we don't want to do on our own. It's a human condition to want to hunker down and think the same way we've always thought. But intelligence in the modern era is more about how adaptable to change we are... than our unwillingness to think about something new.Referenced Resources:Grant, Adam M. (2021) Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know (Introduction). New York, NY: Random House.Walton, J. H. (2009). The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate (pp. 7–8). Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic.McKnight, S. (2008). The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible (pp. 31–33). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.Show Music:Intro/Outro - "Growth" by Armani Delos SantosTransition Music - produced by Jacob A. HallPodcast Website:RethinkingScripture.comThe John Study Resources: https://rethinkingscripture.com/john-study-resources/ Sister site: RethinkingRest.comSocial Media:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RethinkingScripture Twitter: @RethinkingStuffInstagram: rethinking_scriptureYouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6YCLg2UldJiA0dsg0KkvLAPowered and distributed by Simplecast.

Jun 5

24 min 2 sec

Rethinking Scripture Podcast - Episode 2: Introduction to the Gospel of JohnJune 10, 2021 - Host: Dr. Gregory HallWhat happens when we back away from the gospel of John and ask about its relationship to John's other writings? In this episode, we follow the theme of redemption in John's gospel into the book of Revelation. It's a beautiful mosaic of Christ's work.Referenced Resources:Heiser, M. S. (2015). The Unseen Realm: Recovering the Supernatural Worldview of the Bible (First Edition, p. 13-15). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.Gage, W. A. (2001). John’s Gospel: A Neglected Key to Revelation? (pp. 5–8). Fort Lauderdale, FL: Warren A. Gage.Show Music:Intro/Outro - "Growth" by Armani Delos SantosTransition Music - produced by Jacob A. HallPodcast Website:RethinkingScripture.comThe John Study Resources: https://rethinkingscripture.com/john-study-resources/ Sister site: RethinkingRest.comSocial Media:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RethinkingScripture Twitter: @RethinkingStuffInstagram: rethinking_scriptureYouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6YCLg2UldJiA0dsg0KkvLAPowered and distributed by Simplecast.

Jun 10

23 min 22 sec

Rethinking Scripture Podcast - Episode 3: Rethinking Conversion (John 1)June 21, 2021 - Host: Dr. Gregory HallWhy is John 1 written in such a fragmented format? It's because there were a bunch of Old Testament Saints alive that still needed to hear about Jesus. In this episode we rethink the topic of "conversion" by considering the first-century faithful remnant, who were already saved before they met the Messiah. Referenced Resources:Radmacher, E. D. (2007). Salvation. (Part 1) Nashville: Thomas Nelson.Derickson, G. W., & Radmacher, E. D. (2001). The Disciplemaker: What Matters Most to Jesus. Charis Press.Derickson, G. W. (2021). The Meaning of John 20:31. Unpublished Manuscript.Show Music:Intro/Outro - "Growth" by Armani Delos SantosTransition Music - produced by Jacob A. HallPodcast Website:RethinkingScripture.comThe John Study Resources: https://rethinkingscripture.com/john-study-resources/ Sister site: RethinkingRest.comSocial Media:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RethinkingScripture Twitter: @RethinkingStuffInstagram: rethinking_scriptureYouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6YCLg2UldJiA0dsg0KkvLAPowered and distributed by Simplecast.

Jun 22

28 min 39 sec

Rethinking Scripture Podcast - Episode 4: The Wedding Theme in John's GospelJune 28, 2021 - Host: Dr. Gregory HallThere’s a wedding theme in the book of John. The author introduces it early in the gospel and it includes a complicated mix of Old Testament references and thematic suggestions. But why would John include a wedding theme? It's because Jesus is getting married!Referenced Resources:Heiser, Michael S. (April 25, 2012) Blog Post: https://drmsh.com/what-to-me-and-to-you/Keener, C. S., & Walton, J. H. (Eds.). (2016). NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible: Bringing to Life the Ancient World of Scripture (p. 1809). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.Show Music:Intro/Outro - "Growth" by Armani Delos SantosTransition Music - produced by Jacob A. HallPodcast Website:RethinkingScripture.comThe John Study Resources: https://rethinkingscripture.com/john-study-resources/ Sister site: RethinkingRest.comSocial Media:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RethinkingScripture Twitter: @RethinkingStuffInstagram: rethinking_scriptureYouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6YCLg2UldJiA0dsg0KkvLAPowered and distributed by Simplecast.

Jun 28

19 min 3 sec

Rethinking Scripture Podcast - Episode 5: The Curious Case of Nick at Night - Part 1July 5, 2021 - Host: Dr. Gregory HallNicodemus is a well known character in John’s gospel. He comes to Jesus at night. He has lots of questions… and he often doesn’t seem to follow the conversation very well. But I think Nicodemus has been completely misunderstood. Who exactly is this mysterious man? There’s a lot to rethink in this week’s episode and I invite you to join me outside the box?Referenced Resources:Hodges, Z. C. (1978). Grace after Grace—John 1:16: Part 1 of Problem Passages in the Gospel of John. Bibliotheca Sacra, 135, 34.Hodges, Z. C. (1978). Untrustworthy Believers—John 2:23–25: Part 2: Problem Passages in the Gospel of John. Bibliotheca Sacra, 135, 139-152.Carson, D. A. (1991). The Gospel according to John (pp. 193–194). Leicester, England; Grand Rapids, MI: Inter-Varsity Press; W.B. Eerdmans.Show Music:Intro/Outro - "Growth" by Armani Delos SantosTransition Music - produced by Jacob A. HallPodcast Website:RethinkingScripture.comThe John Study Resources: https://rethinkingscripture.com/john-study-resources/ Sister site: RethinkingRest.comSocial Media:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RethinkingScripture Twitter: @RethinkingStuffInstagram: rethinking_scriptureYouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6YCLg2UldJiA0dsg0KkvLAPowered and distributed by Simplecast.

Jul 5

27 min 48 sec

Rethinking Scripture Podcast - Episode 6: The Curious Case of Nick at Night - Part 2July 12, 2021 - Host: Dr. Gregory HallNicodemus is a complicated character, and his conversation with Jesus in John chapter 3 gives several clues about his spiritual condition. Today, we’ll be rethinking what you thought you already knew about this man... and by the time we’re done, we might even change the color of the some of the letters in your Bible.Referenced Resources:Blomberg, Craig L. The Globalization of Biblical Interpretation: A Test Case John 3-4. (1995). Bulletin for Biblical Research, Vol. 5, 1.Mounce, Bill (SEPTEMBER 21, 2019). Blog Post: “You Do Not Receive Our Testimony” (John 3:11) https://www.billmounce.com/monday-with-mounce/“you-do-not-receive-our-testimony”-john-3-11Köstenberger, A. J. (2007). John. In Commentary on the New Testament use of the Old Testament (p. 435). Grand Rapids, MI; Nottingham, UK: Baker Academic; Apollos.Tenney, M. C. (1981). John. In F. E. Gaebelein (Ed.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: John and Acts (Vol. 9, pp. 46–47). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House.Show Music:Intro/Outro - "Growth" by Armani Delos SantosTransition Music - produced by Jacob A. HallPodcast Website:RethinkingScripture.comThe John Study Resources: https://rethinkingscripture.com/john-study-resources/ Sister site: RethinkingRest.comSocial Media:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RethinkingScripture Twitter: @RethinkingStuffInstagram: rethinking_scriptureYouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6YCLg2UldJiA0dsg0KkvLAPowered and distributed by Simplecast.

Jul 12

30 min 16 sec

Rethinking Scripture Podcast -Episode 7: The Voice of the Bride and the BridegroomJuly 19, 2021 - Host: Dr. Gregory Hall At the end of John 3, there are some verses that you probably didn’t know were there. You’ll find them right after the Nicodemus conversation, and they’re right before the well-known encounter with the woman at the well. So let’s slow down and not get too far ahead of ourselves… there’s a lot to rethink in this section about the words of John the Baptist, and just how far back the bride of Christ existed. Referenced Resources:Köstenberger, A. J. (2007). John. In Commentary on the New Testament use of the Old Testament (p. 437). Grand Rapids, MI; Nottingham, UK: Baker Academic; Apollos.Tenney, M. C. (1981). John. In F. E. Gaebelein (Ed.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: John and Acts (Vol. 9, p. 52). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House.Show Music:Intro/Outro - "Growth" by Armani Delos SantosTransition Music - produced by Jacob A. HallPodcast Website:RethinkingScripture.comThe John Study Resources: https://rethinkingscripture.com/john-study-resources/ Sister site: RethinkingRest.comSocial Media:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RethinkingScripture Twitter: @RethinkingStuffInstagram: rethinking_scriptureYouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6YCLg2UldJiA0dsg0KkvLAPowered and distributed by Simplecast.

Jul 19

21 min 30 sec

Rethinking Scripture Podcast - Episode 8: A Well in a Foreign Land (John 4)July 26, 2021 - Host: Dr. Gregory HallIn John chapter 4, Jesus has a meeting with a woman at a well. What kind of person was this woman? We’ve been lead to believe she was a social outcast, possibly a prostitute, someone with an immoral past, who was shunned by her own community. You might have come to see her as a misfit. But from where do these conclusions come? There are two details from this story that have been taken out of their first-century context, we’ve come to some modern-day conclusions about what they mean. In turn, we’ve painted a Picasso of a portrait that would have been unrecognizable to John’s first-century audience. You may feel you have a deep-seated understanding of this Samaritan… but it’s time to rethink what we thought we already knew about the woman at the well.Referenced Resources:Carson, D. A. (1991). The Gospel according to John (p. 217). Leicester, England; Grand Rapids, MI: Inter-Varsity Press; W.B. Eerdmans.MacArthur, John (2013). Sermon on YouTube: Messiah: The Living Water, Part 1.Mounce, Bill. (September 21, 2015) Blog Post. Was the Samaritan Woman a Prostitute? (John 4). https://www.billmounce.com/monday-with-mounce/was-the-samaritan-woman-prostitute-john-4Tenney, M. C. (1981). John. In F. E. Gaebelein (Ed.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: John and Acts (Vol. 9, p. 54). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House.Show Music:Intro/Outro - "Growth" by Armani Delos SantosTransition Music - produced by Jacob A. HallPodcast Website:RethinkingScripture.comThe John Study Resources: https://rethinkingscripture.com/john-study-resources/ Sister site: RethinkingRest.comSocial Media:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RethinkingScripture Twitter: @RethinkingStuffInstagram: rethinking_scriptureYouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6YCLg2UldJiA0dsg0KkvLAPowered and distributed by Simplecast.

Jul 26

35 min 41 sec

Rethinking Scripture Podcast -Episode 9: The Healing Waters (John 5)Aug 2, 2021 - Host: Dr. Gregory Hall There’s a water theme in the book of John. In each of the first 7 chapters of John’s gospel… there are significant events/conversations involving water. In each of these, Jesus is shown to not only have control over the water, but also offer a better alternative... the Holy Spirit.Referenced Resources:Chariots of Fire Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chariots_of_FireShow Music:Intro/Outro - "Growth" by Armani Delos SantosTransition Music - produced by Jacob A. HallPodcast Website:RethinkingScripture.comThe John Study Resources: https://rethinkingscripture.com/john-study-resources/ Sister site: RethinkingRest.comSocial Media:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RethinkingScripture Twitter: @RethinkingStuffInstagram: rethinking_scriptureYouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6YCLg2UldJiA0dsg0KkvLAPowered and distributed by Simplecast.

Aug 2

21 min 23 sec

Rethinking Scripture Podcast - Episode 10: Barley Loaves, Wind and WavesAug 9, 2021 - Host: Dr. Gregory Hall Only about 8% of the book of John repeats events from the other three gospels. That means most of John’s gospel is new material. But in John 6, there are two events that are included in that 8%. The Feeding of the 5000 is found in all four gospels… Jesus walking on water is found in Matthew and Mark (but not in Luke). So the question is, what is it about these events that caused John to include them in the list of rare repeats. We’ll take a look at that and more in this week’s episode. Referenced Resources:The Boy Who Caught the Fish - by Jack Coleman - https://youtu.be/M7xpS4RROEIMy Wife and My Mother-in-Law - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Wife_and_My_Mother-in-LawAutosterogram - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AutostereogramShow Music:Intro/Outro - "Growth" by Armani Delos SantosTransition Music - produced by Jacob A. HallPodcast Website:RethinkingScripture.comThe John Study Resources: https://rethinkingscripture.com/john-study-resources/ Sister site: RethinkingRest.comSocial Media:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RethinkingScripture Twitter: @RethinkingStuffInstagram: rethinking_scriptureYouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6YCLg2UldJiA0dsg0KkvLAPowered and distributed by Simplecast.

Aug 9

25 min 17 sec

Rethinking Scripture Podcast - Episode 11: All That the Father GivesAug 16, 2021 - Host: Dr. Gregory Hall Modern discussions about the last part of John 6 have become a hotbed of controversy. Those who self-describe as Calvinists and Arminians have been at battle over this passage for decades. And I, unknowingly, jumped into the middle of that mess back in the fall of 2003. I was in my masters program, I thought I understood what the passage said, but then one of my professors challenged me to think outside my theological box. Today, I’m excited to share the journey I’ve been on with “The Bread of Life Discourse.”Referenced Resources:John Calvin Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_CalvinJacobus Arminius Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacobus_ArminiusHunt, Dave - What Love is This? Calvinisms Misrepresentation of God - https://www.amazon.com/What-Love-This-Calvinisms-Misrepresentation/dp/1928660746/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=what+love+is+this&qid=1629141502&sr=8-1White, James - Open Letter to Dave Hunt - May 4, 2002 - https://www.aomin.org/aoblog/reformed-apologetics/blinded-by-tradition-an-open-letter-to-dave-hunt/Hunt, Dave - Dave Hunt's Response to James White - https://www.thebereancall.org/calbook.htm?sapurl=Lys5MjZkL2xiL2xpLyt3dm44dWs4P2JyYW5kaW5nPXRydWUmZW1iZWQ9dHJ1ZSZyZWNlbnRSb3V0ZT1hcHAud2ViLWFwcC5saWJyYXJ5Lmxpc3QmcmVjZW50Um91dGVTbHVnPSUyQnd2bjh1azg=Hunt and White - (The Book that Resulted) Debating Calvinism: Five Points, Two Views - https://www.amazon.com/Debating-Calvinism-Five-Points-Views/dp/1590522737/ref=sr_1_3?crid=1MVOG90J10RXV&dchild=1&keywords=debating+calvinism+five+points%2C+two+views&qid=1629141845&sprefix=debating+calvin%2Caps%2C440&sr=8-3Show Music:Intro/Outro - "Growth" by Armani Delos SantosTransition Music - produced by Jacob A. HallPodcast Website:RethinkingScripture.comThe John Study Resources: https://rethinkingscripture.com/john-study-resources/ Sister site: RethinkingRest.comSocial Media:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RethinkingScripture Twitter: @RethinkingStuffInstagram: rethinking_scriptureYouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6YCLg2UldJiA0dsg0KkvLAPowered and distributed by Simplecast.

Aug 16

26 min 26 sec

Rethinking Scripture Podcast - Episode 12: Was Jesus a Jew?Aug 23, 2021 - Host: Dr. Gregory Hall In John’s gospel, there’s one group of people that keeps popping up. And we find them in the very first verse of Chapter 7. which says “the Jews” were seeking to kill Jesus. But wasn’t Jesus a Jew? Well… in one sense He was certainly Jewish… but according to the gospels, He definitely didn’t fit into this one particular group. And today, we’ll attempt to unpack the gospel's complicated category known as “the Jews”.Referenced Resources:Bennema, C. (2008). The Identity and Composition of ΟΙ ΙΟΥΔΑΙΟΙ in the Gospel of John. Tyndale Bulletin, 60(2), 245-250.Tyndale Bulletin 60 (2008).Show Music:Intro/Outro - "Growth" by Armani Delos SantosTransition Music - produced by Jacob A. HallPodcast Website:RethinkingScripture.comThe John Study Resources: https://rethinkingscripture.com/john-study-resources/ Sister site: RethinkingRest.comSocial Media:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RethinkingScripture Twitter: @RethinkingStuffInstagram: rethinking_scriptureYouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6YCLg2UldJiA0dsg0KkvLAPowered and distributed by Simplecast.

Aug 23

25 min 30 sec

Rethinking Scripture Podcast - Episode 13: The Adulterous VariantSeptember 1, 2021 - Host: Dr. Gregory Hall You may have heard a someone say, “The Bible says it, I believe it, and that settles it”... implying, at least in part, that every word in their version of the Bible came directly from of the original text. But nothing could be further from the truth, and today we’ll look at a popular passage, in your Bible, that likely wasn’t originally included in John’s gospel.Referenced Resources:Wallace, Daniel G. “My Favorite Passage  that’s Not in the  Bible” Bible.org [online] https://bible.org/article/my-favorite-passage-thats-not-bible.Blum, E. A. (1985). John. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures(Vol. 2, p. 346). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.Black, D. A., & Cerone, J. N. (2016). The Pericope of the Adulteress in Contemporary Research. Bloomsbury T&T Clark.Hurtado, Larry. "The Adultrous Narrative: New Book" [online] https://larryhurtado.wordpress.com/2016/04/14/the-adulteress-narrative-new-book/Submit a question for an upcoming Q&R Special Episode: RethinkingScripture.comShow Music:Intro/Outro - "Growth" by Armani Delos SantosTransition Music - produced by Jacob A. HallPodcast Website:RethinkingScripture.comThe John Study Resources: https://rethinkingscripture.com/john-study-resources/ Sister site: RethinkingRest.comSocial Media:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RethinkingScripture Twitter: @RethinkingStuffInstagram: rethinking_scriptureYouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6YCLg2UldJiA0dsg0KkvLAPowered and distributed by Simplecast.

Sep 1

23 min 18 sec

Rethinking Scripture Podcast - Episode 14: A... Problem, of Punctuation? (John 9)September 13, 2021 - Host: Dr. Gregory Hall Before Jesus heals a blind man, in John 9, the disciples ask Him a very strange question. “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?” Unfortunately, our English translations may be misguiding us in regards to Jesus’ response. So let’s move some punctuation around and rethink what Jesus might have been saying about sin, work… and the sabbath.Referenced Resources:Merrill C. Tenney, “John,” in The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: John and Acts, ed. Frank E. Gaebelein, vol. 9 (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1981), 101.MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 1521). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.Metzger, B. M. (1993). Persistent Problems Confronting Bible Translators. Bibliotheca Sacra, 150, 273.John C. Poirier. (1996). “Day and Night” and the Punctuation of John 9, 3. New Testament Studies, 42, 288–294.Poirier, J. C. (2006). “Day and Night” and the Sabbath Controversy of John 9. Filología Neotestamentaria (Mayo–Noviembre 2006), XIX(37–38), 113.Show Music:Intro/Outro - "Growth" by Armani Delos SantosTransition Music - produced by Jacob A. HallPodcast Website:RethinkingScripture.comThe John Study Resources: https://rethinkingscripture.com/john-study-resources/ Sister site: RethinkingRest.comSocial Media:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RethinkingScripture Twitter: @RethinkingStuffInstagram: rethinking_scriptureYouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6YCLg2UldJiA0dsg0KkvLAPowered and distributed by Simplecast.

Sep 14

30 min 52 sec

Rethinking Scripture Podcast - Episode 15: The Good Shepherd (John 10)September 20, 2021 - Host: Dr. Gregory HallJohn 10 is all about sheep and shepherds… and recently the church has tried to make this passage all about our modern-day context. But what if John 10 isn’t speaking about the 21st-century at all? What if Jesus was just describing His ministry within the religious context of His day? Well… that type of reading might cause us to rethink this entire passage. Referenced Resources:Horner, David A. “Whether Augustine’s Name Should Be Pronounced AW-gus-teen or aw-GUS-tin?" Philosophia Christi, Vol. 11, No. 1, 2009. Evangelical Philosophical Society. [http://www.epsociety.org/userfiles/Horner%20(Augustine).pdfWright, W. M., IV. (2012). Hearing the Shepherd’s Voice: The παροιμία of the Good Shepherd Discourse and Augustine’s Figural Reading. Journal of Theological Interpretation, Volume 6, (1–2), 105.Keener, C. S. (1993). The IVP Bible background commentary: New Testament (Jn 10:1–18). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.Blum, E. A. (1985). John. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 2, pp. 309–310). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.Show Music:Intro/Outro - "Growth" by Armani Delos SantosTransition Music - produced by Jacob A. HallPodcast Website:RethinkingScripture.comThe John Study Resources: https://rethinkingscripture.com/john-study-resources/ Sister site: RethinkingRest.comSocial Media:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RethinkingScripture Twitter: @RethinkingStuffInstagram: rethinking_scriptureYouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6YCLg2UldJiA0dsg0KkvLAPowered and distributed by Simplecast.

Sep 20

35 min 38 sec

Rethinking Scripture Podcast - Episode 16: The Resuscitation of Lazarus (John 11)September 27, 2021 - Host: Dr. Gregory HallIn John chapter 11, several questions arise out of how Jesus handles the death of his good friend, Lazarus. But a logical look at the assumptions we have, about this chapter, may cause us to rethink what we thought we already knew about  Lazarus’ new lease on life.Referenced Resources:Links to Jewish thoughts on lingering souls:https://reformjudaism.org/glimpses-afterlife - Zunz dates it to the middle of the 7th century.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leviticus_Rabbah  - The Encyclopaedia Judaica and Jacob Neusner date it to the 5th century.The Zohar, which is one of the texts that make up the Kabbalah, is composed of the teachings of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, who was a second-century Talmudic mystic. After being passed along by oral tradition for centuries, the Zohar was finally published in the late 13th century. The belief that the soul lingers for three days after death seems to have emanated from the texts that make up the Kabbalah, notably the Zohar. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shemira)In his book "Jewish Views of the Afterlife," Simcha Paull Raphael says: "Immediately following death, there is a period known as Hibbut Ha Kever, pangs of the grave. During this period, the soul is confused, lingers around the body and tries to go back to his home to be with his loved ones. After this, there is a maximum period of 12 months in Gehenna, which is a realm described as fiery, where the soul is purified of its sins." After the twelve-month period, it is believed the soul rests permanently in the afterlife. (https://classroom.synonym.com/jewish-belief-that-the-spirit-lingers-for-three-days-12087774.html)Regarding Jesus needing to name Lazarus specifically.A quaint Puritan writer said that if Jesus had not named Lazarus when He shouted, He would have emptied the whole cemetery! (Warren W. Wiersbe, The Bible Exposition Commentary, vol. 1 (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1996), 337.)Jesus shouted only three words: Lazarus come out! Augustine once remarked that if Jesus had not said Lazarus’ name all would have come out from the graves. (Edwin A. Blum, “John,” in The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures, ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck, vol. 2 (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985), 315.)MAXIMINUS [The Arian; 360-65...frequently argued w/Augustine]: For all the dead, most beloved, would have arisen out of their graves [on hearing] that one voice if he had not called out that single name. Therefore he spoke in particular, “Lazarus, come forth.” … It is also in this singular name that he called, I say, that we see in a single instance what is to be understood more generally of all in the future. SERMON 14.3.(Elowsky, J. C. (Ed.). (2007). John 11–21 (pp. 29–30). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.)Show Music:Intro/Outro - "Growth" by Armani Delos SantosTransition Music - produced by Jacob A. HallPodcast Website:RethinkingScripture.comThe John Study Resources: https://rethinkingscripture.com/john-study-resources/ Sister site: RethinkingRest.comSocial Media:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RethinkingScripture Twitter: @RethinkingStuffInstagram: rethinking_scriptureYouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6YCLg2UldJiA0dsg0KkvLAPowered and distributed by Simplecast.

Sep 27

26 min 9 sec

Rethinking Scripture Podcast - Episode 17: A Voice from Heaven (John 12)October 7, 2021 - Host: Dr. Gregory Hall Chapter 12 is a turning point in the gospel of John. It’s in this chapter that the author describes the end of Jesus’ public ministry. But before Jesus ducts out of the public eye, John ties together several of the themes he’s developed thus far in his gospel. It’s a continuation of Jesus calling his sheep away from the temple ministry, and a further identification of his other flock. Referenced Resources:Newman, B. M., & Nida, E. A. (1993). A handbook on the Gospel of John (p. 404). New York: United Bible Societies.Köstenberger, A. J. (2007). John. In Commentary on the New Testament use of the Old Testament (p. 479). Grand Rapids, MI; Nottingham, UK: Baker Academic; Apollos.Beale, G. K. (2008). We Become What We Worship: A Biblical Theology of Idolatry. IVP Academic.What You Revere, You Resemble - Dr. Gregory Beale - Audio lecture provided by The Gospel Coalition: http://media.thegospelcoalition.org/audio/beale_gk/beale-01_what_you_revere_you_resemble.mp3The Irony of Idolatry - Dr. Gregory Beale - Audio lecture provided by The Gospel Coalition: http://media.thegospelcoalition.org/audio/beale_gk/beale-isaiah_06_irony_of_idolatry.mp3Show Music:Intro/Outro - "Growth" by Armani Delos SantosTransition Music - produced by Jacob A. HallPodcast Website:RethinkingScripture.comThe John Study Resources: https://rethinkingscripture.com/john-study-resources/ Sister site: RethinkingRest.comSocial Media:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RethinkingScripture Twitter: @RethinkingStuffInstagram: rethinking_scriptureYouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6YCLg2UldJiA0dsg0KkvLAPowered and distributed by Simplecast.

Oct 8

30 min 51 sec

Rethinking Scripture Podcast - Episode 18: Washing Up Before Dinner (John 13)October 14, 2021 - Host: Dr. Gregory Hall In this episode, we begin looking at a series of chapters in John’s gospel where Jesus and the disciples share a meal in the upper room. Much of the content is in red letters, and its confusing material for the disciples to process. We’ll examine that context in a little more detail, and focus in on what Jesus said about washing people’s feet. Referenced Resources:Asumang, A. (2013). Washing One Another’s Feet as Jesus Did: Revelatory Activities and the Progressive Sanctification of Believers. Conspectus, 15, 2.Newman, B. M., & Nida, E. A. (1993). A handbook on the Gospel of John (p. 430). New York: United Bible Societies.Show Music:Intro/Outro - "Growth" by Armani Delos SantosTransition Music - produced by Jacob A. HallPodcast Website:RethinkingScripture.comThe John Study Resources: https://rethinkingscripture.com/john-study-resources/ Sister site: RethinkingRest.comSocial Media:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RethinkingScripture Twitter: @RethinkingStuffInstagram: rethinking_scriptureYouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6YCLg2UldJiA0dsg0KkvLAPowered and distributed by Simplecast.

Oct 14

28 min 38 sec

Rethinking Scripture Podcast - Episode 19: My Father's House (John 14)October 21, 2021 - Host: Dr. Gregory Hall John chapter 14 is often referred to as Jesus’ farewell discourse. In it, He talks of his coming and going and his intent to prepare a mansion for each and every believer. But, as much as I hate to say it, we’ve likely come to a bit of a misunderstanding about that. As it turns out, the dwelling Jesus is talking about might actually be a little more like a mobile home.Referenced Resources:Newman, B. M., & Nida, E. A. (1993). A handbook on the Gospel of John (pp. 454–455). New York: United Bible Societies.Hahn, S. W. (2008). Temple, sign, and Sacrament: Towards a New Perspective on the Gospel of John. Letter & Spirit: Temple and Contemplation: God’s Presence in the Cosmos, Church, and Human Heart, 4, 128–129.Show Music:Intro/Outro - "Growth" by Armani Delos SantosTransition Music - produced by Jacob A. HallPodcast Website:RethinkingScripture.comThe John Study Resources: https://rethinkingscripture.com/john-study-resources/ Sister site: RethinkingRest.comSocial Media:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RethinkingScripture Twitter: @RethinkingStuffInstagram: rethinking_scriptureYouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6YCLg2UldJiA0dsg0KkvLAPowered and distributed by Simplecast.

Oct 22

33 min 27 sec

Rethinking Scripture Podcast - Episode 20: Di Vine... and Da Branches (John 15)October 28, 2021 - Host: Dr. Gregory Hall John chapter 15 has a unique distinction... it is entirely red letters. The entire chapter is Jesus’ dialogue with his disciples. No other chapter in this gospel has that distinction. So what does Jesus talk about in all those red letters? Well, among other things… he gives a lesson on how to grow and care for grapes… and that’s because Jesus is Di Vine.Referenced Resources:Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 1348). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.Show Music:Intro/Outro - "Growth" by Armani Delos SantosTransition Music - produced by Jacob A. HallPodcast Website:RethinkingScripture.comThe John Study Resources: https://rethinkingscripture.com/john-study-resources/ Sister site: RethinkingRest.comSocial Media:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RethinkingScripture Twitter: @RethinkingStuffInstagram: rethinking_scriptureYouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6YCLg2UldJiA0dsg0KkvLAPowered and distributed by Simplecast.

Oct 29

34 min 35 sec

Rethinking Scripture Podcast - Episode 21: The World’s Hour vs. the Day of the Lord (John 16)November 4, 2021 - Host: Dr. Gregory Hall John chapter 15 has a unique distinction... it is entirely red letters. The entire chapter is Jesus’ dialogue with his disciples. No other chapter in this gospel has that distinction. So what does Jesus talk about in all those red letters? Well, among other things… he gives a lesson on how to grow and care for grapes… and that’s because Jesus is Di Vine.Referenced Resources:O’Day, G. R. (1991). “I Have Overcome the World” (John 16:33): Narrative Time in John 13–17. Semeia, 53, 153.Augustine of Hippo. (1887). The City of God. In P. Schaff (Ed.), M. Dods (Trans.), St. Augustin’s City of God and Christian Doctrine (Vol. 2, p. 421). Buffalo, NY: Christian Literature Company.Show Music:Intro/Outro - "Growth" by Armani Delos SantosTransition Music - produced by Jacob A. HallPodcast Website:RethinkingScripture.comThe John Study Resources: https://rethinkingscripture.com/john-study-resources/ Sister site: RethinkingRest.comSocial Media:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RethinkingScripture Twitter: @RethinkingStuffInstagram: Rethinking_ScriptureYouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6YCLg2UldJiA0dsg0KkvLAPowered and distributed by Simplecast.

Nov 5

26 min 50 sec

Rethinking Scripture Podcast - Episode 22: The Tabernacle of God (John 17)November 11, 2021 - Host: Dr. Gregory Hall In his gospel, John the disciple introduces several themes that run the entire length of the story. There’s wedding theme, a water theme, light and dark motif. But you may not have noticed how John also weaved a temple theme into the good news. He did this because, Behold… the tabernacle of God was among men...”Referenced Resources:Gage, W. A. (2013). There Is No Greater Love: How Jesus Is Greater than All Who Came before Him (p. 49). Fort Lauderdale: St. Andrews House.Tabernacle Resources Page - RethinkingScripture.com/tabernacle-resources/ - The Tabernacle Resources Page include resources from: Hubbard, Shiloh, Elliot Ritzema, Corbin Watkins, and Lazarus Wentz with Logos Bible Software and KarBel Media. Faithlife Study Bible Infographics. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2012.Show Music:Intro/Outro - "Growth" by Armani Delos SantosTransition Music - produced by Jacob A. HallPodcast Website:RethinkingScripture.comThe John Study Resources: https://rethinkingscripture.com/john-study-resources/ John 17 Teaching Video -Approaching God Through Sacred Space Video -Sister site: RethinkingRest.comSocial Media:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RethinkingScripture Twitter: @RethinkingStuffInstagram: Rethinking_ScriptureYouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6YCLg2UldJiA0dsg0KkvLAPowered and distributed by Simplecast.

Nov 12

47 min 1 sec

Rethinking Scripture Podcast - Episode 23: God in a Garden (John 18)November 19, 2021 - Host: Dr. Gregory Hall In John 18, we get to see God in a garden. It’s the night of Jesus’ betrayal and arrest. During all the commotion Jesus makes a request of those arresting him that you may not have noticed. He asks the Roman cohort to let his disciples go their way. Surprisingly, this request gives us a unique insight into the nature and development of faith.Referenced Resources:Thatcher, Tom. (1994). A New Look at Asides in the Fourth Gospel. Bibliotheca Sacra, 151, 430.Thatcher, Tom - Linkedin Profile - https://www.linkedin.com/in/tom-thatcher-4b97363b/ Show Music:Intro/Outro - "Growth" by Armani Delos SantosTransition Music - produced by Jacob A. HallPodcast Website:RethinkingScripture.comThe John Study Resources: https://rethinkingscripture.com/john-study-resources/ John 18 Teaching Video - https://rethinkingscripture.com/the-john-study-videos/Sister site: RethinkingRest.comSocial Media:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RethinkingScripture Twitter: @RethinkingStuffInstagram: Rethinking_ScriptureYouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6YCLg2UldJiA0dsg0KkvLAPowered and distributed by Simplecast.

Nov 19

36 min 41 sec

Rethinking Scripture Podcast - Episode 24: My God, My God... (John 19)November 25, 2021 - Host: Dr. Gregory Hall John 19 includes John’s account of Jesus’ time on the cross. And it includes a cryptic aside that helps us understand what Jesus may have meant when He said, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” Did you know he was quoting scripture when He said that?Referenced Resources:The Garden Tomb - Wikapedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Garden_TombDumb And Dumber Movie Clip - So... you're telling me there's a chance - Campbell, K. (2006). Matthew’s Hermeneutic of Psalm 22:1 and Jer. 31:15. Faith and Mission, 24(3), 47.Global Scholar's Website - https://global-scholars.org/team/keith-campbell/Show Music:Intro/Outro - "Growth" by Armani Delos SantosTransition Music - produced by Jacob A. HallPodcast Website:RethinkingScripture.comThe John Study Resources: https://rethinkingscripture.com/john-study-resources/ John 18 Teaching Video - https://rethinkingscripture.com/the-john-study-videos/Sister site: RethinkingRest.comSocial Media:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RethinkingScripture Twitter: @RethinkingStuffInstagram: Rethinking_ScriptureYouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6YCLg2UldJiA0dsg0KkvLAPowered and distributed by Simplecast.

Nov 25

38 min 39 sec