You Can Understand the Old Testament (2 Simple Ideas Help!)

How can we read the Old Testament and understand the meaning its ancient authors intended? These two simple ideas are at the core of the process. 1. The Old Testament is an ancient text. 2. A text is intentional literary communication. We interpret every text we read through the lens of our mental storehouse, or the "encyclopedia" of words, ideas, images, and stories stowed in our memories. But the biblical authors have their own encyclopedias from which they produce texts. So if we want to understand the authors' intended meaning, we will adapt our “encyclopedia of reception” by learning about the authors' “encyclopedia of production.” Dive into this class session with Dr. Tim Mackie and start developing tools for encountering the Old Testament on its own terms. This session is from the BibleProject Classroom class Introduction to the Hebrew Bible taught by Dr. Tim Mackie. The entire class is available for free on the BibleProject app at

Genesis 12-50 Q+R • Torah Ep. 2

Tim and Jon respond to questions from BibleProject Podcast's listeners.

Are you confused when you read the Old Testament?

Dr. Tim Mackie explains a helpful step for understanding the Old Testament. Check out the full class, Introduction to the Hebrew Bible, when you download the latest version of the BibleProject app. #shorts #BibleProject #biblevideo #bible #classroom #class #app

Meet Elijah.

Elijah was a prophet whose name means "My God is Yahweh." God partnered with Elijah to share his life-giving power with the Israelites and their enemies. #shorts #BibleProject #biblevideo #bible

How Dragons and Myths Fit in the Bible • Chaos Dragon Ep. 2

When we read the word “myth,” often what comes to mind is a fictional story. However, a myth is a way of exploring universal concerns of human existence, using symbols for things we may or may not have words to describe. The dragon is one such myth—a symbol humans have used for millennia to talk about chaos and death. Some might say it was one of the first worldwide memes. In this episode, Tim and Jon discuss ancient Near Eastern literature about dragons.

What makes the city different from the garden?

In the Bible, the city’s purpose is self-preservation. It’s a place where peace is enforced by the threat of death. But the culture of the garden is peace through generosity. #shorts #BibleProject #biblevideo #bible

Genesis 1-11: Q+R • Torah Q+R Ep. 1

Tim and Jon respond to questions from BibleProject Podcast's listeners.

Where Dragons Show Up in the Bible • Chaos Dragon Ep. 1

Nahash, tanin, leviathan––the Bible is full of strange words describing a creature many modern readers can’t quite categorize. All these words are ways of referring to a monster of the deep, a dragon. In this episode, Tim and Jon kick off a brand new theme study, the chaos dragon, with a look at the language the Bible uses to describe this creature.

How Abraham Could Have Anticipated the City of God • The City Q+R 1

How could Abraham have anticipated a coming City of God, like the author of Hebrews said? What’s the connection between the shame of Adam and Eve and that of their son Cain? Was Genesis first an oral tradition, and how did it become a written account with so many literary hyperlinks? In this episode, Tim and Jon respond to your questions from the first half of The City series. Thank you to our audience for your incredible questions!

Coming Soon: A New Theme Video Exploring the Significance of the City in the Bible

Our newest video, The City, premieres on Monday at 7 AM PDT/10 AM EDT. Join us for a special YouTube premiere experience.

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