In this episode we begin our discussion on Genesis and the Torah, highlighting some of the primary themes in the creation narrative of Genesis. While often read differently in our modern context than it would have been in the Ancient Near East as well as in second temple Jewish texts, the creation of the heavens and the earth sets the framework for divine sovereignty and for the future expectation of redemption.
- Genesis 1:1 and a brief history of interpretation: Platonic dualism (6:41)
- Modern ideas: flat earth, old/young earth (8:18)
- How did the Jewish people understand the heavens and the earth?
In this episode, we interview Dr. Matthew Thiessen, associate professor Religious Studies at McMaster University. We discuss the anti-Jewish bias often brought to the scriptures by traditional Christian readings of the Tanakh, and how this bias radically affects our readings of Jesus and Paul.
- How Dr. Thiessen got into New Testament studies (4:00)
- How Dr. Thiessen’s work has been aimed at anti-Jewish bias in Christian readings of the New Testament (7:02)
- A quick survey of anti-Jewish theology (10:04)
- Anti-Jewish Christian theology from the Holocaust onward (15:30)
- Anti-Jewish bias and our reading of Jesus (26:16)
- Anti-Jewish bias and our reading of Paul (38:01)
In this episode we look particularly at the issue of supersessionism, the idea that Israel and the Old Testament has been superseded and replaced by Jesus, the Church, and the New Testament. We dive into R. Kendall Soulen’s classic treatment on supersessionism in “The God of Israel and Christian Theology”, examining the various aspects of punitive, economic, and structural supersessionism and their effect on our reading of the Scriptures.
- Introducing R. Kendall Soulen (5:03)
- The standard canonical narrative (5:45)
- What is supersessionism or “replacement theology”? (13:30)
- Soulen’s “punitive supersessionism” (22:46)
- Soulen’s “economic supersessionism” (26:03)
- Soulen’s “structural supersessionism” (39:17)
- Why is this not a responsible way to read the scriptures?
In this episode we introduce the themes for season 3 of our show. The Tanakh (a Hebrew acronym for the Law, the Prophets, and the Writings) is the foundation for “the Gospel” as Jesus and the apostles understood it. In season 3, our aim is to work through the books and main themes of the Tanakh to give disciples of Jesus confidence that if all you have is the Tanakh and some of the sayings of Jesus, you would in no way be disadvantaged in preaching the Gospel or discipling someone.
- What is the Tanakh and why is it the basis of the expectation and hope of first century Jews?
Happy New Year from all of us at the Apocalyptic Gospel Podcast!
We wrapped up season 2 of our show in November of 2021. For nearly 11 months, we aired interviews of guests from all walks of life, including pastors, couples, church planters, and students. Our desire was to encourage our listeners with real stories on how the Jewish apocalyptic framework for the Gospel has affected our guests’ lives, work, studies, families, and ministries.
After receiving feedback from many of you, we’ve been blessed to hear that season 2 has done just that. We continue to pray that each interview emboldens even more disciples to proclaim the Gospel and to eagerly wait for the Messiah’s return to restore Israel and reign in Jerusalem.… Read more
Bill, John, and Josh tackle your questions in this fourth Q&A episode. Topics include Messianic Judaism, the New Jerusalem and the heavenly mountain, inaugurated eschatology, and our usual rapid fire round with questions on the pre-tribulation rapture in John 14, the renewal of our minds, and Jewish prayer books. We also briefly give vision for our show’s next season. Don’t miss it!
In this episode we reflect on some of our favorite points from our last four interviews with Seth Roach and Daniel Jordan, Marc Tuzzolino, Joe and Terrie Wise, and Stephanie Quick and Devon Phillips. We discuss their testimonies and how the Jewish apocalyptic framework for the Gospel has impacted their lives and ministries. We reflected on how each of them imparted incredible wisdom for disciples to stay the course in light of the return of Jesus and the day of judgment.
In this episode we interview Stephanie Quick and Devon Phillips, laborers with Frontier Alliance International based in Northern Israel. Stephanie is a writer and producer and cohosts The Better Beautiful Podcast with Jeff Henderson, and Devon is a writer and contributor to FAI’s publication, THE WIRE. Stephanie and Devon share their experiences as they minister among Muslims and Israelis in the Middle East, and challenge Western believers to embrace the Gospel of the Kingdom wholeheartedly as the Day of the Lord draws near.
In this episode we interview Joe and Terrie Wise, currently serving as pastors in California’s Central Valley. Joe and Terrie share their experiences as church planters, pastors, and mentors over the last 34 years of ministry. Their mission is to encourage wholehearted love and faithfulness to Jesus in light of the age to come. Despite the challenges they’ve faced, they continue to be an example of faithfulness to young disciples as they encourage others to set their hope fully on the return of Jesus.
In this episode we interview Marc Tuzzolino, founder and leader of the Apocalyptic Accountability Group based in the Chicago area. Marc shares from the heart about his own history and how a season of reworking the Gospel led to deliverance from a life of immorality. Since then, Marc has seen tremendous fruit as he has led other men into fearing God and living a life of obedience and transparency in light of the day of judgment.