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Moses and the Drama of the Exodus
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36 episodes in this series

Episode 1 The Bible as Dialogue
Start your immersive journey into the books of the Old and New Testaments with this illuminating introductory lecture. By breaking down the Bible into its different books and narrative styles,…
Episode 2 Creation and Chaos in Genesis
[Genesis 1-11] Travel back to biblical accounts of the dawn of time in Genesis and start to think critically about how its stories work as a narrative. By unpacking familiar…
Episode 3 Abraham, Sarah, and the Promise
[Genesis 12-25] Abraham's spiritual legacy is nothing short of profound--yet his story also includes some little-appreciated humor. Delve into the biblical text and consider how Israel's patriarch is portrayed in…
Episode 4 Jacob, Joseph, and Reconciliation
[Genesis 25-50] According to Professor Koester, the biblical stories of Jacob and Joseph are rooted in perennial themes of familial conflict and reconciliation. In this lecture, ponder the significance of…
Episode 5 Moses and the Drama of the Exodus
[Exodus 1-15] Both encouraging and threatening, Exodus 1 15 is one of the Bible's most thrilling stories. First, consider the story's literary setting (and its surprising humor). Then, discover its…
Episode 6 Freedom and Law at Mount Sinai
[Exodus 16-40] What happens after an enslaved people are set free? How is freedom lived out? Continue exploring Exodus with chapters 16 40, in which ancient laws and ideas of…
Episode 7 Israel’s Wandering in the Wilderness
[Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy] Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy--three biblical books everyday readers find challenging to read and relate to their own lives. But with Professor Koester's insights, you'll come to see…
Episode 8 Violence and Kindness in the Promised Land
[Joshua, Judges, Ruth] Turn now to Joshua, Judges, and Ruth, which challenge the idea of the Promised Land as a place of simple peace and prosperity. In comparing these three…
Episode 9 Saul, the Tragic King
[1 Samuel] Why is the story of King Saul, who united Israel's twelve tribes, one of the world's great tragedies? Find out in this lecture, which approaches 1 Samuel as…
Episode 10 David and Nation Building
[2 Samuel] Go beyond the heroic portrayals of David in Western art to reveal the vibrant heart of the fascinating figure described in 2 Samuel. You'll read between the lines…
Episode 11 Solomon, a Study in Contradictions
[1 Kings 1-11] Throughout the story of Solomon in 1 Kings, splendor and oppression go hand in hand. Were all the impressive results of Solomon's monarchy (including his iconic temple)…
Episode 12 Psalms: The Bible’s Songbook
[Psalms] Packed with poems, prayers, and song lyrics, the Bible's 150 psalms are an evocative blend of hope, despair, anger, and contemplation. Here, consider the four different types found in…
Episode 13 Biblical Wisdom Literature
[Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Job] Questions about the meaning of life abound in the Bible's books of wisdom literature: Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Job. Join Professor Koester as he unpacks each book's distinctive…
Episode 14 Elijah, the Troubler of Israel
[1 and 2 Kings] Continue on to 1 and 2 Kings and follow the story of the prophet Elijah. You'll examine his challenges to the god Baal, his flair for…
Episode 15 Justice and Love in Amos and Hosea
[Amos, Hosea] Discover how the prophets Amos and Hosea shattered the idea of spiritual indifference. First, learn how Amos portrayed a God committed to social justice and a society where…
Episode 16 Isaiah on Defiant Hope
[Isaiah] Go beyond the book of Isaiah's prophetic imagery to focus on the narrative's powerful, lasting visions of hope--and some of its disturbing passages on warfare and injustice. As you'll…
Episode 17 Jeremiah on Anguish and Compassion
[Jeremiah] The book of Jeremiah takes as its goal the reconciliation between God and Israel. How does the prophet hope to achieve this? Find out by studying Jeremiah's vision of…
Episode 18 Babylonian Conquest and Exile
[2 Kings, Lamentations, Habakkuk] In 587 BC, the Babylonians destroyed Jerusalem. Explore the trauma of this cataclysmic moment through three biblical books: 2 Kings, which tries to explain the events…
Episode 19 Ezekiel on Abandonment and Homecoming
[Ezekiel] Experience the dislocation of the Babylonian Exile with a close reading of the book of Ezekiel's perspectives on abandonment and homecoming. You'll trace this movement from Chapters 1!-32 (which…
Episode 20 Jewish Identity and Rebuilding after Exile
[Ezra, Nehemiah, Jonah] What did it mean to be Jewish after the Babylonian Exile? Professor Koester examines biblical books that offer differing perspectives. On one end: Ezra and Nehemiah, which…
Episode 21 Esther, Daniel, and Life under Empire
[Esther, Daniel] Delightful and playful, the books of Esther and Daniel tell stories of life under the Babylonian, Median, Persian, and Greek empires. Here, you'll learn how these two important…
Episode 22 Resistance, Adaptation, and the Maccabees
[1 Maccabees] Dive into Jewish life under Greek rule in the 2nd century BC in 1 Maccabees. View the struggle for Jewish independence as a dramatic story marked by the…
Episode 23 Jesus as Messiah in Mark
[Mark 1-10] Begin your look the New Testament with the first of several lectures on the four gospels--the narratives of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. In Mark (which…
Episode 24 Mark on the Crucifixion and Resurrection
[Mark 11-16] Continue examining the gospel of Mark, this time focusing on the infamous trial and crucifixion of the Son of God. Also, consider why this gospel ends so abruptly…
Episode 25 The Dynamics of Forgiveness in Matthew
[Matthew] Learn how Matthew reshaped the story of Jesus in startling new ways, specifically with its ideas on forgiveness. Start by confronting Jesus's relationship to Israel's heritage. Then, read between…
Episode 26 Luke on a World Upside Down
[Luke] The gospel of Luke is home to some of the New Testament's best-loved passages. Here, Professor Koester asks you to consider the more subversive dimensions of Luke's narrative. How…
Episode 27 John on the Word Made Flesh
[John 1-12] In the first of two lectures on the gospel of John, probe the first 12 chapters of this book's poetic prose, which takes readers back to the dawn…
Episode 28 Self-Giving Love According to John
[John 13-21] If Jesus is the giver of life, how does his crucifixion fit into the New Testament's larger spiritual narrative? To consider this question, you'll have to find new…
Episode 29 The Early Church in Acts
[Acts 1-10] Turn to subsequent texts of the New Testament, which take up the struggle to understand Jesus and what it means to live by his message. The Acts of…
Episode 30 Paul’s Calling
[Acts 9-17] One of early Christianity's most controversial figures is Paul. In this look at the apostle's life and mission, you'll learn how to see his preaching as an extension…
Episode 31 Paul and the Roman Empire
[Acts 17-28, 1 Thessalonians] Paul's travels to cities like Corinth and Philippi, and his letters to the Christian communities there, offer a lens into the relationship between early Christianity and…
Episode 32 Paul’s Letters to a Community in Conflict
[1 and 2 Corinthians] While in Ephesus, Paul wrote letters now known as 1 and 2 Corinthians to the Christian community of Corinth. Here, unpack the four major sections of…
Episode 33 Freedom and the Law in Paul’s Letters
[Galatians, Romans] Continue your exploration of Paul's letters, this time by studying the correspondence he wrote to the Galatians and the Romans. In these letters, you'll find some of Paul's…
Episode 34 Paul on Gender Roles and Slavery
[Philippians, Philemon, Ephesians, 1 Timothy] What did Paul have to say about women and about slaves? We find different viewpoints in the letters known as Philippians, Philemon, Ephesians, and 1…
Episode 35 Letters for Sojourners
[Hebrews, James, 1 Peter] Paul wasn't the only letter writer in the New Testament. Join Professor Koester for a discussion of the books of Hebrews, James, and 1 Peter, which…
Episode 36 Revelation’s Vision of New Creation
[Revelation] Conclude the course with a lecture on perhaps the most evocative, unsettling, and yet hopeful book in the Bible: Revelation. After considering the narrative's vivid word pictures, dramatic plot,…

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