My buddy and the New Testament scholar Matt Novenson is back on the podcast to tackle a bunch of Bible questions and topics from the Jesus De/Constructed group. It was a tour de force of the early Christian movements. In the conversation we discuss things like…

  • the major social /cultural context of Jesus
  • Rome’s relationship to Israel
  • the role of the Temple in Jewish life and how its destruction changed things
  • the historical Jesus and the many Gospels he inspired
  • what is Apocalyptic Judaism, the Kingdom of God, and Jesus’ own message
  • Did Jesus and his earliest followers think the world was going to end?
  • Paul and his role in early Christianity
  • how the discoveries of the last century have reshaped our understanding of NT times
  • the Resurrection of Jesus and the historian

Dr. Matthew Novenson is Senior Lecturer in New Testament and Christian Origins at the University of Edinburgh, where he is also director of the Centre for the Study of Christian Origins. Check out his previous podcast visit “ Messiah, Lord, Logos, & Other Titles” and his books:


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Don’t forget to join Tripp & Diana this Lent for an open online class – Jesus De/constructed! Details here.

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