Stories & Strangeness – Taking the Old Testament seriously

Trusting the Bible

Feb 21 2022 • 33 mins

Trusting the Bible, series 2

Reading the Old Testament: A guide to finding your way through difficult Old Testament passages

Dr Andrew Ollerton meets with academics and researchers from the Tyndale House network to discuss how they approach the Old Testament and wrestle with its trickier passages. Each episode focuses in on a different text from the Old Testament, as we explore the reading processes and practices that researchers bring to their own Bible reading.

In this episode Dr Andrew Ollerton is joined by Dr Peter J Williams to look at strangeness and stories in the Old Testament, and to ask: how do we take it seriously? Andrew and Peter discuss talking animals, miraculous events, the bizarre breeding program we find in Genesis 30 and how we might become confident readers of the Old Testament, even in its stranger parts.

Please note that this episode does include a very brief discussion of sexual violence.

Reading list:
Can We Trust the Gospels? (Crossway, 2018)
The Deir 'Alla Inscription

Dr Peter J Williams is Principal of Tyndale House and a member of the Faculty of Divinity in the University of Cambridge. He received his MA, MPhil and PhD, in the study of ancient languages related to the Bible from Cambridge University. He’s currently Chair of the International Greek New Testament Project and a Member of the Translation Committee of the English Standard Version of the Bible. His recent book Can We Trust the Gospels has been translated into 8 languages.


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