This episode covers two chapters in Leviticus, chapters 19-20. Leviticus 19 is essentially a mini-Torah of sorts, in that it mimes a number of the Ten Commandments and a wide range of laws and commandments that are representative of the overall Torah. Chapter 20 re-articulates much of Leviticus 18 with respect to prohibitions of certain sexual behaviors. More specifically, the episode devotes time to the issue of why “mixtures” are prohibited (e.g., sexual relationships, fabrics, animal breeding, planting) and how those prohibitions reflect the supernatural worldview of the Old Testament.

paper referenced:
Heiser OT Response to Pagan Divination

Transcript 80 Leviticus 19-20

These two chapters launch that portion of Leviticus (17-26) that scholars refer to as the Holiness Code. The Holiness Code is oriented by the idea that the people of Israel bear the responsibility for holiness, a concept expressed in Lev 19:2 (“You shall be holy, for I, the Lord your God, am holy”). Though rare in Leviticus and the rest of the Torah, this statement is stated repeatedly in the holiness code (e.g., Lev 17:1; 18:1; 19:2; 20:2; 22:17). In terms of chapters 17 and 18, the episode focuses on the heinousness of personal worship violations against Yahweh (ch. 17), punishable by “cutting off” (Hebrew: karat), and the logic behind forbidden sexual unions (ch. 18).

paper referenced:
Hahn Bergsma Noahs nakedness and the curse on Canaan

Transcript 79 Leviticus 17-18

Every year Mike attends the annual meetings of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS), the Institute for Biblical Research (IBR), the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) and the American Academy of Religion (AAR). This year Mike recorded short conversations with scholars, pastors, and other folks who were also attending. This episode is the second of two parts that shares those interviews with Naked Bible podcast listeners. Among those interviewed are Assyriologist and editor Dr. Steve Wiggins; Rick Brannon, the person in charge of Greek databases at Logos Bible Software; Dr. Ken Penner, who specializes in Septuagint, Pseudepigrapha, and Qumran texts; and Old Testament scholar Elizabeth Hayes.

Every year Mike attends the annual meetings of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS), the Institute for Biblical Research (IBR), the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) and the American Academy of Religion (AAR). This year Mike recorded short conversations with scholars, pastors, and other folks who were also attending. This episode is the first of two parts that shares those interviews with Naked Bible podcast listeners. Among those interviewed are theology professors Dr. Carl Sanders and Dr. Gerry Breshears; Danish Old Testament historian Dr. Jens Kofoed; New Testament scholar Dr. Darrell Bock; Mike’s first Bible professor, Dr. Ed Glenny; and Mike’s first pastor as a new Christian, Dr. Dave Burggraff.