Our mission is simple:

Bring the best in biblical scholarship to everyday people.

Our Values

Curiousity

We acknowledge that others know more than us and that we won’t ever know everything. So, we ask the hard questions and give others permission to do the same.

Our Values

Playfulness

We create a safe place without fear so that we can play and not take ourselves too seriously. We know humor is a valuable tool in scary situations but it needs to be: self-aware and not self-aggrandizing, sincere and not passive-aggressive, punching up and not punching down, and above all—not boring.

Our Values

Accessibility

Our heart is for the normal person so we are not elitist or exclusionary and we also want everyone who comes to the table to find something valuable (including our global audience). We are inclusive of LGBTQ people, women, BIPOC, disabled people, and other diverse religious voices and backgrounds.

Meet the People Behind B4NP

Founder, Host, Author

Pete Enns, Ph.D.

Peter Enns (Ph.D., Harvard University) is Abram S. Clemens professor of biblical studies at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania.

He has written numerous books, including The Bible Tells Me SoThe Sin of Certainty, and How the Bible Actually Works.

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Founder, Host, Author

Jared Byas, M.A.

Jared Byas helps run the Bible for Normal People and is Pete’s designated adult supervision. In addition he regularly writes and speaks about the Bible, truth, creativity, wisdom, and the Christian faith.

He has written a handful of books including Love Matters More and Jonah for Normal People.

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Nerds in Residence

We have some incredibly brilliant nerds on the B4NP team.

Dr. Jennifer Garcia Bashaw

(Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary)

Dr. Garcia Bashaw is an Assistant Professor of New Testament and Christian Ministry at Campbell University (Buies Creek, NC). She is an ordained minister in the American Baptist Churches, USA.
Her recent academic contributions include work on Girard and dystopian literature, empathetic imagination in preaching, and characterization in the Gospels.

Dr. Cynthia Shafer-Elliott

Ph.D., University of Sheffield, England.

Dr. Shafer-Elliott specializes in the historical, cultural, and archaeological contexts of ancient Israel and Judah. More specifically, she is interested in the daily lives of the average Israelite and Judahite household including economics, food preparation and consumption, religion, and the roles and relationships of the family.

Dr. Shafer-Elliott is an experienced field archaeologist in Israel and is currently part of the archaeological excavation team at Tell Halif and Tell Abel Beth Maacah, Israel.