Brew Theology is still brewin' the goodies in this sweet month of January 2018 with Dr. Pam Eisenbaum. Episode 66 is Part 3 of a 3 part series with Pam alongside Janel Apps Ramsey, Rob Carrol and Ryan Miller. Dr. Eisenbaum is an amazing human being who loves rooting for the San Antonio Spurs (God's Team), and she's happens to be a pretty rad Jewish scholar that lives in THE Mile High city! We've talked about Midrash, the Talmud, political tribalism, postmodernism, Hellenism, evangelicalism, Parker Palmer, and much more. We dabble into some personal stories (Ryan, Rob & Janel get raw as Pam flips the table and asks them questions about their faith journey). This 2nd part of this podcast ends with Pam talking about myths regarding the Bible. And you'll see why we need a part 4, 5 and 6 down the road. Pam's destined to come back!
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As a professional biblical scholar, people often ask Dr. Eisenbaum “is the Bible true?” It may be framed as a yes-or-no question, but in fact it is a complicated one, and for reasons many people haven’t thought of. In the following episosdes we will explore some of the reasons why it’s complicated, and how to think about the question differently.
Pamela Eisenbaum is professor of Biblical studies and Christian origins at Iliff, and is associate faculty of the Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Denver. One of four Jewish New Testament scholars teaching in Christian theological schools, she is the author of The Jewish Heroes of Christian History: Hebrews 11 in Literary Context, Invitations to Romans, and most recently, Paul Was Not a Christian: The Original Message of a Misunderstood Apostle. She has published many essays on the Bible, ancient Judaism and the origins of Christianity, and is an active member of the Society of Biblical Literature. A passion for working with ancient manuscripts has increasingly informed her research. Professor Eisenbaum has experience working with the Dead Sea Scrolls and spent time at the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin studying the oldest surviving manuscript of Paul’s Letters (dated c. 200 C.E.). She appeared in the ABC documentary, “Jesus and Paul: The Word and the Witness.”
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