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Episode #32: Death is absurd

"Meaningless, meaningless, everything is meaningless!" So goes the opening line of Ecclesiastes. Or does it? What if the Teacher's message was quite the opposite. And what if we have missed the healing power of what has been right under our noses all along?


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Episode #31: A matter of opinion

With 1 Chronicles we take a step back, to relive David and Solomon all over again. But this is a different story told by different people. Is the Word of God a matter of opinion? How should we approach the Bible's contradictions? And what is the truth anyway?


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Episode #30: Back for good

Hosea's prophecy is a watershed moment for Israel. Instead of describing Israel's first exile as cold covenant failure, he narrates their experience in terms of a passionate love affair. But this is no sloppy romance. There is a power at work more terrible than all the armies of the Assyrians. And a story which reaches right through Jesus to our broken world.


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Episode #29: Rotten religion

Amos is a prophet of thunder. Against a society that had grown fat on gold but lost its soul, the shepherd from Tekoa delivers a damning challenge. Out with rotten religion and in with justice! Do we sense similarities? If Amos' God came to our church, what would he say?


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Episode #28: God goes too far

Jonah is a classic. A runaway man gets eaten by a big fish and learns his lesson. At least that's how it's usually told. But what if that's not the story at all? What if there's an experience the other side of the fish supper which blows Jewish faith out the water? And what if it's Yahweh who set the charges?


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Episode #27: The mighty have fallen

The penultimate stage of Israel's story is known by one single, desolate word: Exile. As 2 Kings explores the years from the fall of Israel to the fall of Judah, we realise the story has been stampeding towards collapse. Bigger powers are at work, but the fortunes of Jacob's children lie not in the hands of the empires. Their story is their own.


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Episode #26: No quick fixes

The saga of the Kings of Israel is a tale of spectacular mediocrity. As monarchs come and go, the covenant with Yahweh wanes. And in the end, Exile breaks up the party and asks some deep questions of a nation still reeling. What is the real value of a quick-fix? And what does commitment really mean?


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Episode #25: Peace at any price

According to 1 Kings, Solomon is a sell-out. Hundreds of women woo him to foreign gods and Israel turns away from Yahweh. But what can we read between the lines? Why so many wives; why so little war? Is there more to this story than first meets the eye?


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Episode #24: What's your torah?

Proverbs is a masterclass in taking life one situation at a time. For fans of universal truths it's an uncomfortable read. But for the wise it is pure gold. So how does this sit with the fixed and rigid Torah - the Law of Moses? And how can we find our own torah for the journey?


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Episode #23: A fallen halo

King David is a man of contradictions. Deep humanity gives way to deep problems as an affair sets off a chain of disastrous events. How will the king respond? And what are the subplots that shape this fickle story?