Character in Context
Episode 61: Gospel of Mark Part 6–The Sabbath, the Synagogue and the Unclean Spirit

Episode 61: Gospel of Mark Part 6–The Sabbath, the Synagogue and the Unclean Spirit

May 29, 2020

Okay, no more mister nice guy! This week Yeshua/Jesus moves on from his commissioning and calling of disciples in order to start fulfilling His mission as the Yahweh-Warrior, Israel's Savior, by delivering a man of a demon right in the middle of the local Synagogue--resulting in the amazement and approval of the gathered worshippers. We're going to talk about the Sabbath, early synagogues and where they did (and did not) originate, and ancient naming magic--which is what I think the demon was trying unsuccessfully to leverage against Yeshua here.

Here are those archaeology websites for information on Synagogue excavations http://www.pohick.org/sts/index.html and also https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/the-2000-year-old-synagogue-at-gamla-the-oldest-yet-found-in-israel/

Episode 60: Strokes and the Parable of the Snake Who Escaped

Episode 60: Strokes and the Parable of the Snake Who Escaped

May 22, 2020

This broadcast is going to be very different than my usual fare. I am going to talk about what it is like to have a stroke and what it is like to be in recovery. It's my hope that by being open and honest about the struggles that people will be able to be a better support to loved ones going through this sort of thing--be it TIA's (transient ischemic attacks or mini-strokes), mild, moderate, or severe strokes or TBI (traumatic brain injuries).

Plus, through a parable, God taught me something incredibly important about His provision and protection and my sometimes ridiculous response to it that might amuse and maybe even edify you.

Episode 59: Gospel of Mark Part 5–Fishers of Men

Episode 59: Gospel of Mark Part 5–Fishers of Men

May 15, 2020

This week we're going to explore the amazing work of scholar Mendel Nun, who emigrated from Latvia to Israel in 1939 and spent twenty years fishing on the Sea of Galilee as a kibbutz member. As this was before the advent of modern "invisible" nets, he developed first-hand expertise in ancient fishing methods. I am really excited about this episode and about introducing you to the unique work of this brilliant scholar. His insights into the fishing narratives in the Gospels are just so eye-opening. This is a picture of him with nets like the ones that Simon, Andrew, James, and John were using, and would have to be stripped down naked in order to use--in the middle of the night, no less.

Here is a pic of him in his youth--you can see that these fishermen were not wimps! It was hard, back-breaking, dangerous work. Not for the timid.

Mendel Nun stripped down to fish on the Sea of Galilee

Episode 58: Gospel of Mark 4–The Baptism, the Temptation, and the Melchizedek Scroll

Episode 58: Gospel of Mark 4–The Baptism, the Temptation, and the Melchizedek Scroll

May 8, 2020

Last week we talked about the role of John the Baptist but this week the action will transfer over to Yeshua (Jesus) and his baptism and temptation in the wilderness. The Gospel of Mark has a number of significant differences from the accounts found in Matthew and Luke because of the story he wants to tell--namely, how Yeshua ben Yosef from the backwater village of Nazareth is the Greater Exodus fulfillment of Isaiah 40-55. We are also going to take a brief look at 11Q13, better known as the sectarian Melchizedek Scroll.

Episode 57: Gospel of Mark 3–Elijah the Forerunner

Episode 57: Gospel of Mark 3–Elijah the Forerunner

May 1, 2020

What do the Hebrew Bible, the Gospels, and Josephus all have to say about John the Baptist? Was he really a Baptist? (That was a joke)

We're going to dig into Isaiah, Malachi and Exodus in order to explore the very unique calling of the older cousin of Yeshua (Jesus) of Nazareth, as well as his position as a priest.

We're also going to tackle another manufactured controversy--this time about whether or not John was really eating bee honey or date honey. 

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