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The Subversive Scribe

Jesse "Hesh" Heshel, The Subversive Scribe

Welcome to The Subversive Scribe podcast where we investigate the Hebrew Bible – Genesis through Chronicles – its instructions, teaching and application. Learn how to interpret it correctly in context. Compare what it says in one part with another part, including and especially the New Testament. Let the text speak for itself in all its glory and all its gore. Join Jesse "Hesh" Heshel on the journey and stay subversive.

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Episode 8 - What Is A Messiah Anyway?
May 13 2022
Episode 8 - What Is A Messiah Anyway?
In this eighth episode of The Subversive Scribe podcast, show host Jesse “Hesh” Heshel discusses what the word messiah means, what a messiah does and the multiple places that the word appears in the Hebrew Bible. In the Tanakh we have several examples of both people and items that are “moshiach’d” or anointed. It is a commission for a sacred purpose. There are approximately 39 instances in the Hebrew Bible of the word messiah, including even a foreign pagan king, Cyrus the Persian. We discuss this in depth throughout the episode. We also discuss what the purpose and function of any anointed person and what they are tasked with doing. Will there be a messiah in the future? There are Hebrew Bible verses that are at least READ to indicate that this will be so but there are not as many biblical indicators about this – clear prophecies in a straight forward plain sense way – than what people say there are and some are taken as prophecies that could apply to anyone. Like the show? Make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss any future episodes. Support for The Subversive Scribe comes from private subscribers, generous supporters and a community of inquiring people who are willing to take the biblical text seriously and subversively. Join The Scriven Insurgence - the private community built for Subversive Scribe Podcast subscribers on our Locals page at Click on “Become A Supporter” and for $5 a month as a member of the Scriven Insurgence you get access to private Subversive Scribe episodes, teaching series, audible commentaries and exclusive content. Your support makes The Subversive Scribe possible. Join the Scriven Insurgence and stay subversive.
Episode 8 - What Is A Messiah Anyway?
May 13 2022
Episode 8 - What Is A Messiah Anyway?
In this eighth episode of The Subversive Scribe podcast, show host Jesse “Hesh” Heshel discusses what the word messiah means, what a messiah does and the multiple places that the word appears in the Hebrew Bible. In the Tanakh we have several examples of both people and items that are “moshiach’d” or anointed. It is a commission for a sacred purpose. There are approximately 39 instances in the Hebrew Bible of the word messiah, including even a foreign pagan king, Cyrus the Persian. We discuss this in depth throughout the episode. We also discuss what the purpose and function of any anointed person and what they are tasked with doing. Will there be a messiah in the future? There are Hebrew Bible verses that are at least READ to indicate that this will be so but there are not as many biblical indicators about this – clear prophecies in a straight forward plain sense way – than what people say there are and some are taken as prophecies that could apply to anyone. Like the show? Make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss any future episodes. Support for The Subversive Scribe comes from private subscribers, generous supporters and a community of inquiring people who are willing to take the biblical text seriously and subversively. Join The Scriven Insurgence - the private community built for Subversive Scribe Podcast subscribers on our Locals page at Click on “Become A Supporter” and for $5 a month as a member of the Scriven Insurgence you get access to private Subversive Scribe episodes, teaching series, audible commentaries and exclusive content. Your support makes The Subversive Scribe possible. Join the Scriven Insurgence and stay subversive.
Episode 7 - What Is Biblical Studies?
May 1 2022
Episode 7 - What Is Biblical Studies?
In this seventh episode of The Subversive Scribe podcast, show host Jesse “Hesh” Heshel discusses the difference between studying the Bible and Biblical Studies, the academic discipline. Studying the bible is not the same as Biblical Studies though the bible is certainly the object of study in both. Biblical Studies is usually a field associated with private academic study such as a Jewish or Christian university. It is the academic approach to the Bible. We discuss several areas of academic study and that the field requires discipline, rigor and hard work to grasp effectively. We discuss job prospects and methods and also look at examples of “biblical studies” in the Bible where various books make reference to earlier books and texts. We discuss some academic programs and academic areas of study including Textual Criticism; Source; Form/Tradition History; Redaction; Canonical; Rhetorical; Narrative; Psychological; Social-Scientific; Post-Modern; Feminist; Masculinist; Post-Colonial, Liberationist; and many more. Lastly, we close with a personal experience of Biblical Studies and how that resulted in The Subversive Scribe podcast. Like the show? Make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss any future episodes. Support for The Subversive Scribe comes from private subscribers, generous supporters and a community of inquiring people who are willing to take the biblical text seriously and subversively. Join The Scriven Insurgence - the private community built for Subversive Scribe Podcast subscribers on our Locals page at Click on “Become A Supporter” and for $5 a month as a member of the Scriven Insurgence you get access to private Subversive Scribe episodes, teaching series, audible commentaries and exclusive content. Your support makes The Subversive Scribe possible. Join the Scriven Insurgence and stay subversive.
Episode 6 - Would you believe me if I told you I saw Bigfoot flying a UFO and other Unverified Personal Experiences?
May 1 2022
Episode 6 - Would you believe me if I told you I saw Bigfoot flying a UFO and other Unverified Personal Experiences?
In this sixth episode of The Subversive Scribe podcast, show host Jesse “Hesh” Heshel discusses the question of if personal experience is a reliable source of knowledge, particularly in religious questions. We also discuss the problem of anecdotalism – you may experience something and a friend might but that doesn’t mean it is systematic or happening across the board. There are multiple kinds of evidence and some have more weight than others. We discuss how that concept applies to the sacred text including the evidence of multiple witnesses which is the unique claim of Judaism in that God spoke to the people from the mountain and the nation all heard Him directly. We discuss concerns such as time and eradication of contrary voices and finish with a discussion on Unverified Personal Gnosis (UPG) including personal religious experiences. Like the show? Make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss any future episodes. Support for The Subversive Scribe comes from private subscribers, generous supporters and a community of inquiring people who are willing to take the biblical text seriously and subversively. Join The Scriven Insurgence - the private community built for Subversive Scribe Podcast subscribers on our Locals page at Click on “Become A Supporter” and for $5 a month as a member of the Scriven Insurgence you get access to private Subversive Scribe episodes, teaching series, audible commentaries and exclusive content. Your support makes The Subversive Scribe possible. Join the Scriven Insurgence and stay subversive.
Episode 5 - Can We Know Truth? And It's Not A Person
Apr 30 2022
Episode 5 - Can We Know Truth? And It's Not A Person
In this fifth episode of The Subversive Scribe podcast, show host Jesse “Hesh” Heshel discusses how we can know if something is true and if truth itself is knowable (it is).  Truth is knowable – to say “we can’t know anything with certainty” is on its face contradictory. The sacred text – the Tanakh – is largely simple, clear and precise – the problem is we just don’t like it. We also discuss knowledge verification, falsifiability and other common religious axioms used to describe ways of gaining knowledge which is used to ascertain and verify truthfulness.  We also discuss the notion that “truth” is a person when in fact truth is a concept by which something is factually correct. Lastly, we discuss some problems with interpreting/hermeneutics that requires religious belief first. Truth of the text isn’t determined by the ethical or moral quality of the interpreter or by how “baptized in the Spirit” one is or if one is even a believer or “born again” or even if they’re in the “right” religion or sect of religion. Something is true on its own and a reasonable person would be able to understand the text as presented REGARDLESS of how religious one is or isn’t. Like the show? Make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss any future episodes. Support for The Subversive Scribe comes from private subscribers, generous supporters and a community of inquiring people who are willing to take the biblical text seriously and subversively. Join The Scriven Insurgence - the private community built for Subversive Scribe Podcast subscribers on our Locals page at Click on “Become A Supporter” and for $5 a month as a member of the Scriven Insurgence you get access to private Subversive Scribe episodes, teaching series, audible commentaries and exclusive content. Your support makes The Subversive Scribe possible. Join the Scriven Insurgence and stay subversive.
Episode 4 - Straight Is The Way: Peshat Is The Biblicist Meaning
Apr 30 2022
Episode 4 - Straight Is The Way: Peshat Is The Biblicist Meaning
In this fourth episode of The Subversive Scribe podcast, show host Jesse “Hesh” Heshel discusses the primary and straight forward interpretive method of interpreting the text of scripture (or any text for that matter). This episode focuses on the “P” in PRDS – the Jewish method of interpretation discussed in the last episode. This whole episode is based on the point that the way to be biblical is to take the Peshat route of interpretation – it is letting the text speak for itself. The plain sense, straight forward meaning of the text – in context – is what it means. We also discuss the Karaite tradition within Judaism, a sect of Judaism that largely focuses on the Peshat level of interpretation; the straight forward plain sense meaning of the text in context as THE meaning of the text. Peshat is the biblical way of interpreting; passage means what it means – the plain sense reading, the straight forward understanding, the base meaning is what it means. Then let the passage say what it says, in its own grammar, language, idioms, idiolect, context, history, and politics and let it mean what it means. Like the show? Make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss any future episodes. Support for The Subversive Scribe comes from private subscribers, generous supporters and a community of inquiring people who are willing to take the biblical text seriously and subversively. Join The Scriven Insurgence - the private community built for Subversive Scribe Podcast subscribers on our Locals page at Click on “Become A Supporter” and for $5 a month as a member of the Scriven Insurgence you get access to private Subversive Scribe episodes, teaching series, audible commentaries and exclusive content. Your support makes The Subversive Scribe possible. Join the Scriven Insurgence and stay subversive.
Episode 3 - Welcome To PaRaDiSe
Apr 29 2022
Episode 3 - Welcome To PaRaDiSe
In this third episode of The Subversive Scribe podcast, show host Jesse “Hesh” Heshel discusses an ancient and long established Jewish method of interpretation called PRDS, which is meant to sound like “paradise” phonetically. PRDS is the Jewish method of interpreting scripture developed over a long period of time. The rabbi’s did well at guarding this and keeping this but there are other Judaic sects like the Karaites who also work on exegesis of the Tanakh. We discuss what each one of the letters – P, R, D, S – stands for in the hermeneutical system and especially the importance of “P” which is called peshatt in Hebrew. Peshatt translates as “Straight” as in the plain-sense, straight forward base meaning of the text. This is what the text means and is the primary reading. This is important for later episodes as we hone on this first and primary layer of interpreting sacred text.   Peshatt – is the meaning of the text; everything else is frosting. We also discuss other systems of interpreting including the Medieval Quidriga in Christianity. Until next time, stay subversive. Like the show? Make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss any future episodes. Support for The Subversive Scribe comes from private subscribers, generous supporters and a community of inquiring people who are willing to take the biblical text seriously and subversively. Join The Scriven Insurgence - the private community built for Subversive Scribe Podcast subscribers on our Locals page at Click on “Become A Supporter” and for $5 a month as a member of the Scriven Insurgence you get access to private Subversive Scribe episodes, teaching series, audible commentaries and exclusive content. Your support makes The Subversive Scribe possible. Join the Scriven Insurgence and stay subversive.
Episode 2 - Things Mean Things: Hermeneutics
Apr 29 2022
Episode 2 - Things Mean Things: Hermeneutics
In this second episode of The Subversive Scribe podcast, show host Jesse “Hesh” Heshel discusses hermeneutics which is the art and science of interpretation. One of the main maxims of a solid hermeneutical foundation is the simple and sensible notion that however one interprets…it cannot mean to us what it did not mean to the original recipients and audience. This can be done if we follow a sound hermeneutical approach. We also discuss five “rules” that will guide anyone in interpreting, though there are many more. Hermeneutics is so important to understand and practice because it will keep us away from false theological conclusions and keep us within the boundaries of the sacred text itself. What we believe has consequences because what we believe leads to actions that we take. If one does not take care to interpret correctly one can end in a very dangerous place intellectually, socially and spiritually. If you don’t built it right from the start, you can get off track very, very quickly and end up with something that looks vastly different from where the text started. Until next time stay subversive. Like the show? Make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss any future episodes. Support for The Subversive Scribe comes from private subscribers, generous supporters and a community of inquiring people who are willing to take the biblical text seriously and subversively. Join The Scriven Insurgence - the private community built for Subversive Scribe Podcast subscribers on our Locals page at Click on “Become A Supporter” and for $5 a month as a member of the Scriven Insurgence you get access to private Subversive Scribe episodes, teaching series, audible commentaries and exclusive content. Your support makes The Subversive Scribe possible. Join the Scriven Insurgence and stay subversive.
Episode 1 - What's So Subversive About The Hebrew Bible?
Apr 29 2022
Episode 1 - What's So Subversive About The Hebrew Bible?
In this inaugural episode of The Subversive Scribe podcast, show host Jesse “Hesh” Heshel discusses the makeup of the Hebrew canon – also called the Tanakh which is often called the Torah, Prophets and Writing. Tanakh is an acronym for Torah, Naavim, Ketuvim in Hebrew The Hebrew Bible – called the “Old Testament” by Christians – IS the Bible of the New Testament. It IS the only Bible that Jesus or his disciples ever knew. The Tanakh is God’s planter box: Torah, Prophets, Writings and each must comport, or at least can’t contradict. This is a problem for the New Testament, Islam and other religions The Hebrew Bible starts with Instruction but ends in Wisdom. We are planets apart socially, culturally, in every way, not just millennia – so some parts simply will not transplant to us directly. But if you don’t know Tanakh – in all its horror and gore – then how can you even began to understand Christianity, Islam or the important influence of the Bible, particularly the Hebrew Bible, in the West? The Hebrew Bible that we are so used to is in reality very subversive even after all this time. We let it speak and then decide how to act. Deuteronomy 30:15 puts it this way: “I set before you life and death. Choose life”. The choice is ours. Hate it, love it, embrace it, despise it – choose. We choose our fate. When it says what contradicts our cherished religions, cherished ideologies, or cherished practices…that is how it is subversive. It undermines our assumptions, inferences and way of being if we let it. And then we get to decide. Lastly, we discuss the purpose of The Subversive Scribe and giving you the tools to understand your chains, escape them and to subvert the lies on the lips of the priests. To understand the text in its context and see through the stories of the storytellers meant to weave you into their way of thinking about the world. Until next time, my name is Hesh and I am your subversive scribe telling you to stay subversive. Like the show? Make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss any future episodes. Support for The Subversive Scribe comes from private subscribers, generous supporters and a community of inquiring people who are willing to take the biblical text seriously and subversively. Join The Scriven Insurgence - the private community built for Subversive Scribe Podcast subscribers on our Locals page at Click on “Become A Supporter” and for $5 a month as a member of the Scriven Insurgence you get access to private Subversive Scribe episodes, teaching series, audible commentaries and exclusive content. Your support makes The Subversive Scribe possible. Join the Scriven Insurgence and stay subversive.