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Why the Bible Was Written

Season 2: Episode 49
Why the Bible Was Written
Date Aired: 1/15/2024

The Hebrew Bible wasn’t created by one of the mighty empires of the ancient world —Egypt, Assyria, or Babylon—but written in the rubble of a small, conquered kingdom. So how has this “epic monument to defeat” not only survived for 2,600 years but spawned three world religions and influenced countless lives? Because the authors of the Hebrew Bible invented something completely new. They created a “people.” Helen and Dave were thrilled to talk with Jacob Wright, biblical scholar and author of the mind-blowing new book, Why the Bible Began: An Alternative History of Scripture and Its Origins. Jacob turns the Hebrew Bible on its head, explaining how a group of creative scribes used the power of literature to reinvent a fallen kingdom as God’s chosen people.

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  • The Biblical Time Machine Podcast is hosted by Helen Bond and Dave Roos. Helen Bond is professor of Christian origins at Edinburgh University. She is the author of Women Remembered: Jesus’s Female Disciples, The First Biography of Jesus: Genre and Meaning in Mark’s Gospel, and The Historical Jesus: A Guide for the Perplexed. Her research focuses on the social and political history of first century Judaea, the historical Jesus and the canonical gospels. Dave Roos is a journalist and writer who contributes to, HowStuffWorks and the popular podcast Stuff You Should Know. Dave has a degree in religious studies from Duke University.