In this episode of the podcast we sit down with Dr. Keith Bodner, Professor of Religious Studies and the Stuart E. Murray Chair of Christian Studies at Crandall University in Moncton, New Brunswick. While the study of scripture since the Enlightenment has frequently been dominated by textual critical questions, Professor Bodner brings his background in English literature and Hebrew scripture to bear in a fresh reading of scripture as narrative. Over the last several years he has focused in particular on the Deuteronomistic history (Joshua-2 Kings) as he explores the literary complexity and richness of these ancient narratives.
Our conversation ranged over a number of topics including the meaning of the Bible as scripture and the concept of inspiration, why God revealed himself through the drama of narrative, and the moral and textual dimensions of the Deuteronomistic history in particular. If you are interested in learning more from Professor Bodner, he has published several books including his most recent, Elisha’s Profile in the Book of Kings: The Double-Agent (Oxford University Press, 2013).
The setting for our conversation was the patio of a busy Starbucks on a hot summer afternoon. Yeah, that means there’s some ambient noise. But it also means that if you pour yourself a cup of coffee and have a good imagination, you can fancy yourself sitting at the table. So pull up a chair and have a listen.