Bible Talk

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Bible Talk

1 Kings 8:31–66: On Blessings and Benedictions and Barbecues (Bible Talk, Ep. 119)

By A. Duke, J. Hamilton, S. Emadi | 06.12.2024

The glory of the LORD has filled the Temple. So . . . now what? How do God’s people actually use it? 

In this episode of Bible Talk, Alex Duke chats with Jim Hamilton about 1 Kings 8:31–66, which doubles as a kind of user’s manual for the temple. 

1 Kings 8:1–30: On the Glory of YHWH Filling the House of YHWH (Bible Talk, Ep. 118)

By A. Duke, J. Hamilton, S. Emadi | 05.31.2024

The biblical storyline takes a leap forward when the LORD’s glory fills the Temple. While this moment is significant, it also becomes clear that the Temple isn’t the end goal.

Listen to Alex Duke, Jim Hamilton, and Sam Emadi discuss 1 Kings 8:1–30.

1 Kings 6:2–7:51: On the Extraordinary Architecture of the Ark for the Ark (Bible Talk, Ep. 117)

By A. Duke, J. Hamilton, S. Emadi | 05.23.2024

The Lord’s presence has more or less been a nomad since Genesis 3. But with the temple, he’s about to have a permanent address (kind of). In this episode of Bible Talk, Alex Duke chats with Jim Hamilton and Sam Emadi about 1 Kings 6–7.

1 Kings 6:1: Yep, A Whole Episode on Just One Verse (Bible Talk, Ep. 116)

By A. Duke, J. Hamilton, S. Emadi | 05.01.2024

 So . . . Jim Hamilton had a wild idea: let’s do a whole episode on 1 Kings 6:1. Alex Duke was dubious, even aghast. But he and Sam Emadi obliged. This conversation is the result.

 In this episode of Bible Talk, they talk about burn layers and interpretive priority and Indiana Jones.

1 Kings 5: On the Bible’s Memory Palace Which Prepares Us for Phase 1 of Solomon’s Temple-Building Project (Bible Talk, Ep. 115)

By A. Duke, J. Hamilton, S. Emadi | 04.24.2024

The story of the Old Testament is the story of God’s people returning to God’s presence. The building of the temple significantly advances that story. In 1 Kings 5, we get Phase 1 of Solomon’s construction project. Alex Duke, Jim Hamilton, and Sam Emadi discuss.

1 Kings 3:16–4:34: On a List of People, a List of Stuff, and Solomon’s Platinum Age (Bible Talk, Ep. 114)

By A. Duke, J. Hamilton, S. Emadi | 04.17.2024

Solomon is wise. Solomon is wealthy. Solomon is worth listening to. This is his Platinum Age, better than anything that came with his father David. Alex Duke chats with Jim Hamilton and Sam Emadi about 1 Kings 3:16–4:34.

1 Kings 2:12–3:15: On Solomon’s Snake-Stomping Shrewdness and Snake-Handling Stupidity (Bible Talk, Ep. 113)

By A. Duke, J. Hamilton, S. Emadi | 04.10.2024

We all know the story about Solomon pleading with the Lord for wisdom. But do you remember how it begins? It’s surprising.

Alex Duke chats with Jim Hamilton and Sam Emadi about 1 Kings 2:12–3:15, which highlights Solomon’s shrewdness and his sinfulness.

1 Kings 2:1–12: On David’s Deathbed Charge, Solomon’s Moses-Like Transition, and the Looming Threat of a Man-Less Throne (Bible Talk, Ep. 112)

By A. Duke, J. Hamilton, S. Emadi | 04.03.2024

King David is on his deathbed. What does he say to his son? “Be strong. Follow the Lord and all his ways. If you don’t . . .” 

Jim Hamilton, Alex Duke, and Sam Emadi chat about 1 Kings 2:1–12.

1 Kings 1: On David’s Decline, Adonijah’s Absalomization, and Solomon’s Donkey-Shaped Pattern (Bible Talk, Ep. 111)

By A. Duke, J. Hamilton, S. Emadi | 03.27.2024

Bible Talk begins a new book! In this episode, Alex chats with Jim and Sam about 1 Kings 1.

2 Samuel 23–24: On David’s Final Words, the Temple’s Future Address, and 1–2 Samuel’s Messianic Finale (Bible Talk, Ep. 110)

By A. Duke, J. Hamilton, S. Emadi | 03.20.2024

The end of 2 Samuel is odd: it portrays the king at cruising altitude and then describes his bumpy descent. What’s going on here? Alex Duke chats with Jim Hamilton and Sam Emadi about the messianic finale of 2 Samuel 23–24. 

2 Samuel 21–22: On a Reincarnated Goliath, a Chiastic Cheat Code, and David as the “New Israel” (Bible Talk, Ep. 109)

By A. Duke, J. Hamilton, S. Emadi | 03.06.2024

We’ve entered 1–2 Samuel’s epilogue, which rewinds the clock to mighty deeds of mighty men and gives us a chiastic cheat code that reveals some fascinating connections between King David and all that’s gone before.

2 Samuel 19–20: On David’s Unraveling Reign, Joab’s Bloodthirsty Lawlessness, and Subtle Details from the Royal Court (Bible Talk, Ep. 108)

By A. Duke, J. Hamilton, S. Emadi | 02.28.2024

By now, David’s reign is beginning to unravel. In fact, these chapters are beginning to remind us not of 1–2 Samuel, but of the book of Judges. Alex Duke chats with Jim Hamilton and Sam Emadi about 2 Samuel 19–20.

2 Samuel 17–18: On the Son’s Demise, the Father’s Despair, and the Hunt for Meaningful Connections (Bible Talk, Ep. 107)

By A. Duke, J. Hamilton, S. Emadi | 02.21.2024

A father should never have to mourn the death of his son. But that’s precisely what happens here. In this episode of Bible Talk, Alex Duke chats with Jim Hamilton and Sam Emadi about 2 Samuel 17–18.

2 Samuel 15:13–16:23: On David’s Exodus Reversal and Accidentally Stealing from C. S. Lewis (Bible Talk, Ep. 106)

By A. Duke, J. Hamilton, S. Emadi | 02.14.2024

A messenger comes to David and gives him bad news: “The hearts of the men of Israel have gone after Absalom.” Then David flees—and in doing so he fails as both father and king.

2 Samuel 14:1–15:12: On a Convoluted Conversation and a Kiss that Ends in a Coup (Bible Talk, Ep. 105)

By A. Duke, J. Hamilton, S. Emadi | 02.07.2024

Absalom is a smarmy guy who makes himself seem powerful and compassionate. King David, meanwhile, stays quiet while his kingdom nears collapse.

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