Recently a friend asked me to recommend some of my favorite podcasts. Most of the podcasts I listen to are in the world of Biblical studies. Instead of just sharing with my friend privately, I thought I’d share my recommendations publicly in case anyone else is interested.
- Unbelievable with Justin Brierley
- This is absolutely my favorite podcast! In each episode, Justin brings together two people (and in many episodes two reputable scholars) to debate both sides of an issue. Justin is an excellent host and most of the time the discussions are civil and informative. He has had scholars such at N.T. Wright, James D. G. Dunn, James Crossley, Gary Habermas, Tim Keller, Larry Hurtado, Richard Bauckham, Bart Ehrman, Craig Evans, Robert Gagnon, John Walton, Craig Keener, and many others on his show. Each episode is about an 1 hour and 20 minutes long. I usually fast forward through the advertisements and commercial breaks.
- OnScript with Matthew Bates and Matthew Lynch
- These guys interview recently published scholars about their research. If you’re like me and don’t have time to read all the newest books, these guys will help you out! Each interview is about an hour long.
- Kingdom Roots with Scot McKnight
- McKnight is a well-known scholar of early Christianity, Jesus, and the New Testament who has written numerous books. All the podcasts are about 30 minutes long.
- NTPod (A Historical Approach to the New Testament) with Mark Goodacre
- Goodacre is a well-known scholar who is a professor of New Testament and early Christianity at Duke University. What I like about these podcasts is that they are all about 13 minutes long so if you need something quick and interesting to listen to, this is your podcast.
- Theology in the Raw with Preston Sprinkle
- These podcasts are all about 20-25 minutes in length. Sprinkle is known for using his scholarship to address questions that are pressing and relevant for the church. He has recently become known for his work in how the church should respond to homosexuality. Most of his podcasts are responding to questions that listeners have submitted. He is an engaging speaker.
- Word Matters with Trevin Wax and Brandon Smith
- This podcast is sponsored by the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB). Each episode is about 15-20 minutes long, and they usually tackle a thorny Biblical passage like “Who were the Nephilim in Gen. 6?” or “Why did Jesus say to hate your father or mother?”
- The Paulcast with Kurt Willems
- This podcast is all about the Apostle Paul. The episodes are usually about 40 minutes long. Listening to these podcasts will give you some idea of where current Pauline scholarship is with regard to Paul in his Jewish and Greco-Roman context. He occasionally interviews published scholars and those interviews tend to be my favorite episodes.
- Read Scripture with Jonathan Collins and Tim Mackie
- I LOVE what the Bible Project is about. They exist to encourage people to read their Bibles and read them well. They have developed a reading plan that includes informational videos to help you understand various texts and issues in the Bible. This podcast is just another accompanying resource to all the other great things they make available to the church for free.
What have I missed? Feel free to comment and suggest podcasts that you find helpful!