61: What Does The Bible Really Say?

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We hear a lot about what the New Testament supposedly says about.. everything (including sex). But as we’re reminded today by our guest, the New Testament is largely made up of letters that we’re “eavesdropping” on. So if we want to know what these letters might mean for us, we’ll need to get to know who wrote the letter and to whom. New Testament Christians. What was their cultural context? What ideas formed the people around them and how did this uniquely shape the way the gospel was communicated? 

This episode is packed with insights from Professor Mariam Kamell Kovalishyn from Regent College, and the full conversation is available only for our partners for $3/month

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Show Notes:

The Rise of Christianity by Rodney Stark, especially chapters 5 and 10
Dominion: The Making of the Western Mind by Tom Holland
Jessica recommends this interview with Tom Holland

Mariam Kamell Kovalishyn joined the faculty at Regent College in 2010, and was appointed Assistant Professor of New Testament in 2013.

The majority of Mariam’s research has centered on the epistle of James, Jewish literature of the Intertestamental period, and classical Graeco-Roman literature. Additionally, since coming to Regent, she has expanded to researching and writing across the epistles, Pauline and General.

Mariam has co-authored a commentary on James (Zondervan), has published a number of articles in books and journals. She is currently working on another commentary on James for the Story of God series, and a biblical theology of social justice for Zondervan, as well as a commentary on 1 and 2 Peter.