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50. Weaponized Circumcision

Back in chapter 17, the covenant of circumcision was imposed upon Abraham and everyone in his household. This was done in order to emasculate the males under the coven...

49. Esau the Merciful

The man Jacob wrestled with was a foreshadowing of his expected battle with Esau, the brother who swore to kill Jacob 20 years prior. However, Jacob sees that he is ou...

48. Israel

Genesis is the key to understanding the entire scriptural story and the function of Israel is one of the most critical to understand. To be an Israelite is to be const...

47. Jacob the Thief

Today we look at Genesis 31, continuing the saga of the Old Testament patriarch Jacob. Intro and outro music Copyright © Holy Transfiguration Monastery, Brookline,...

46. Laban the Theologian

The namesake of all Israel is not a mighty king who was suddenly blessed by God in the land God directed him to, he is a con man who left that land promised to him to ...

45. It's a Trap!

Remember how straightforward the story of Abraham’s servant and Rebekah was? The servant simply went to Mesopotamia, trusted God to find a wife for Isaac, was presente...

44. Making God an Idol

All Christians today are likely familiar with the concept of being “transformed” by scripture or Christ or however you want to phrase it. This, and the idea of being a...

43. The Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus as a Retelling of Genesis 15 - an Essay for the OCABS 2022 Symposium

This week we present one of our two papers as they were presented at the 2022 OCABS symposium. This week is Blaise's "The Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus as a Rete...

42. The Ultimate Spiritual Gift's Test - an Essay for the OCABS 2022 Symposium

This week we present one of our two papers as they were presented at the 2022 OCABS symposium. This week is Rowdy's "Ultimate Spiritual Gift's Test." Intro and outr...

41. Rightly Named Jacob

Like all names in the Bible, Jacob's has a clear function which is explored in Genesis chapter 27. Let us be attentive! Intro and outro music Copyright © Holy Trans...

40. Nowhere Man

We’ve spent the last few months laboring in detail the often complicated and frustrating story of the patriarch Abraham in the Bible. Surprisingly, Isaac’s story is fl...

39. Birthright for Blood

We come to scripture this week expecting to hear more about our new focal character Isaac, but we are shocked to find out that the story in Genesis 25 has already move...

38. Keep It in the Family

Today we hear the mashal of Genesis 24! Let us be attentive. Intro and outro music Copyright © Holy Transfiguration Monastery, Brookline, MA, used by permission. Al...

37. Enemy's Mercy

Today we hear the mashal of Genesis 23 where Abraham is curiously rejecting the mercy of his enemy and seeks to buy the gift of the land as a possession for himself. L...

36. Lamb to the Slaughter

In today’s episode we hear the story of Abraham being commanded by the Scriptural God to sacrifice Isaac. This is a very famous story from the Bible and is used by var...

35. Virgin Birth

This week we cover chapter 21 of Genesis. This is the story of Isaacs's birth and the surrounding events. Join us as we discuss the story and the overlooked but incred...

34. Allophyloi

As already discussed many times in this podcast, Abraham's story in the book of Genesis is anything but linear. For every move in obedience to God, there is a counterm...

33. Don't Look Back

Join us as we read through Genesis 19 and critique the popular reception of the story of Sodom and Gomorrah. Intro and outro music Copyright © Holy Transfiguration ...

32. Abort Your Ideology - an Interlude

Our ideologies are our downfall. We cannot use scripture to suit our desires and our ideological premises. We should not even come to scripture with our questions. We ...

31. The Hospitality of Abraham

Join us this week as we hear the pericope of Abraham's hospitality toward YHWH, his master. YHWH is identified in the appearance of three men- who are these three men?...

30. Cult of the Creedal Statement - an Interlude

In this interlude episode, I argue that the fundamental problem with "theology" is that it reduces scriptural faith into something that is to be "believed" rather than...

29. What a Joke

Perhaps you’ve heard before that God has a sense of humor. Well, that is true but not in the way you might think. Often, if we say God has a sense of humor it is so th...

28. All About Circumcision

Circumcision is probably the most controversial covenant in the entire scriptural story. From the onset of the common era, the implications of this covenant for the ge...

27. Father of the Emaciated Lamb

Something that Rowdy and I have pressed many times throughout these podcasts is the fact that names not only have special meanings in the Hebrew text, they define the ...

26. A Child Born For Slavery

Today we will hear chapter 16 of Genesis. We are coming off of last weeks reading, chapter 15, when we heard of God’s first covenant with Abram where he promised to hi...

25. Saint Paul's Source Text

If you’re familiar with St. Paul’s letter to the Galatians, the next few chapters of Genesis will be extremely familiar to you. This is because St. Paul almost exclusi...

24. A Priest Without A Temple

Today we read chapter 14 of Genesis. Like most nations in history, the nations of this chapter are consumed with chasing wealth. Conflict is naturally the means by whi...

23. Interlude: 55 Maxims of Fr. Thomas Hopko

01. Be always with Christ, and trust God in everything 02. Pray as you can, not as you think you must. 03. Have a keepable rule of prayer, done by discipline. 04. S...

22. You Should Have Stopped Walking

In today’s episode we will read the rest of chapter 12 as well as chapter 13. This is the story of how Abram ignored God after walking according to his command and pas...

21. Start Walking

Today we will jump right into the story of Israel starting with the father of faith- Abram. But, as we will see, he is not the wonderful example of faith we often like...

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