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Episode #12: No human rights

Does the end justify the means? Numbers is a complex tale of repression and suffering for the promise of freedom. What is an acceptable cost? How many lives are we prepared to lose in the cause of liberation. These are big questions that shake our world today, and Numbers asks them forcefully.


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Episode #11: Twelve tangled tribes

For centuries people thought Moses wrote Numbers, along with Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus and Deuteronomy. But what if the truth was far more profound? Could the Pentateuch be a beacon of hope to heal our deep divisions?


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Episode #10: Better think twice

Leviticus is full of sacrifices that are misunderstood. They are not meant to take away moral guilt. They are about something altogether more human, and divine. We'd better think twice about Leviticus, and think twice about worship.


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Episode #9: A life worth saving

Does Leviticus deserve its reputation as the Bible's most boring book? Probably. But this doesn't stop it being profound. Is this just a collection of sacrificial rules and regulations, or could Leviticus open up a window on a world of possibility?


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Community of Readers video blog: Episode #8

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom," says the Teacher of Proverbs. Does this mean that being scared of God is the first step to being sensible? Or does wisdom reveal something else? Or someone else? Is this the doorway to the kind of faith we've been searching for?


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Community of Readers video blog: Episode #7

The story of Exodus turns from the epic liberation to the dim drudgery of desert life. But into this wilderness goes Yahweh too. And between all the laws and tabernacle regulations we find something more important than the Promised Land. Could the real goal of the Exodus have been something else all along?


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Episode #6: Murder on the Nile

The Exodus from Egypt is the defining moment of the Israelite story. But it happens because God commands the slaughter of Egyptian children. How should we react to this barbaric event? Don't we follow a God who claims to love the whole world?


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Community of Readers video blog: Episode #5

Who is to blame for suffering? Job, the ancient drama, turns the tables on easy answers. First by bringing a case against Yahweh. And then by finding that case undone. In a world heaving with grief, how do we respond. Can God take the weight?


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Community of Readers video blog: Episode #4

The psalms show Israel's faith at its most personal. But what happens when worship turns tribal and God gets owned? Does Yahweh become a puppet? Or is there something deeper going on? Might we even find a democratic justice being birthed in these ancient songs?


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Community of Readers video blog: Episode #3

The tale of the dreamer, Joseph, captures our imaginations. It's human, and it's real. The prisoner, the slave sold by his jealous brothers, wins the day with a masterclass in perseverance. But what of the untold story of Joseph - the ending so conveniently left out by both Lloyd Webber and our Sunday Schools? Will any dream really do?