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In our continuing effort the corrupt the minds of college students (because college students don’t already have currupt minds), Pete and Jared recently took a road trip to Penn State to record an episode of B4NP in front of a live audience.

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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 So, The Sin of Certainty, and How the Bible Actually Works. Tweets at @peteenns.


  • legomorph says:

    The comments about eschatology have me wondering, have you considered preterism, Pete? Perhaps Paul’s belief that the end was near was right.

  • therev says:

    I struggle with calling you by your first name. so…
    Prof. Enns, how do you see the prophetic “Day of the Lord” in Hebrew scripture and culture being Christianized in the New Testament writings and practice, or is Christian Eschatology completely separate from and distinct from Hebrew writings and practice?

  • Randy says:

    Thank you for this. There are so many different excellent points that I’m listening to it again. However, aren’t we perhaps idealizing the Jewish approach to discussing things in a safe place? It’s probably evolutionarily driven for some of us, at least, to value being absolutely right as the only way to survive (eg, be in God’s good graces). You see it in fundamentalist groups of all stripes–Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, Christians…the Jews of Jesus’ day and the OT, who were struggling with the Bible. Maybe it’s more of a personality characteristic that drives some people to be accepting and academic like Dr Sommer. Zev Farber in Onscript alluded to present day Hasid narrow-mindedness in “My Name is Yoel,” ( I know that Dr Enns said he enjoyed “The Chosen” as a teen in “The Bible Tells Me So.” My own parents, while fundamentalist missionaries to Africa, were full of grace, allowing me to ask probing questions and encouraging them. In fact, it’s their image that drove me away from the vindictive God of Jonathan Edwards. I wonder what your own thoughts are on what fosters a safe place for discussion–good parents? Academia? Faith tradition? A combination? Thanks.

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