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The Subversive Scribe

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Episode 8

May 13, 2022

Episode 8 - What Is A Messiah Anyway?

In this eighth episode of The Subversive Scribe podcast, show host Jesse “Hesh” Heshel discusses what the word messiah means, what a messiah does and the multiple places that the word appears in the Hebrew Bible. In the Tanakh we have several examples of both people and items that are “moshiach’d” or anointed. It is a commission for a sacred purpose. There are approximately 39 instances in the Hebrew Bible of the word messiah, including even a foreign pagan king, Cyrus the Persian. We discuss this in depth throughout the episode. We also discuss what the purpose and function of any anointed person and what they are tasked with doing. Will there be a messiah in the future? There are Hebrew Bible verses that are at least READ to indicate that this will be so but there are not as many biblical indicators about this – clear prophecies in a straight forward plain sense way – than what people say there are and some are taken as prophecies that could apply to anyone. Like the show? Make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss any future episodes. Support for The Subversive Scribe comes from private subscribers, generous supporters and a community of inquiring people who are willing to take the biblical text seriously and subversively. Join The Scriven Insurgence - the private community built for Subversive Scribe Podcast subscribers on our Locals page at https://subversivescribe.locals.com/. Click on “Become A Supporter” and for $5 a month as a member of the Scriven Insurgence you get access to private Subversive Scribe episodes, teaching series, audible commentaries and exclusive content. Your support makes The Subversive Scribe possible. Join the Scriven Insurgence and stay ...

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Episode 7

May 01, 2022

Episode 7 - What Is Biblical Studies?

In this seventh episode of The Subversive Scribe podcast, show host Jesse “Hesh” Heshel discusses the difference between studying the Bible and Biblical Studies, the academic discipline. Studying the bible is not the same as Biblical Studies though the bible is certainly the object of study in both. Biblical Studies is usually a field associated with private academic study such as a Jewish or Christian university. It is the academic approach to the Bible. We discuss several areas of academic study and that the field requires discipline, rigor and hard work to grasp effectively. We discuss job prospects and methods and also look at examples of “biblical studies” in the Bible where various books make reference to earlier books and texts. We discuss some academic programs and academic areas of study including Textual Criticism; Source; Form/Tradition History; Redaction; Canonical; Rhetorical; Narrative; Psychological; Social-Scientific; Post-Modern; Feminist; Masculinist; Post-Colonial, Liberationist; and many more. Lastly, we close with a personal experience of Biblical Studies and how that resulted in The Subversive Scribe podcast. Like the show? Make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss any future episodes. Support for The Subversive Scribe comes from private subscribers, generous supporters and a community of inquiring people who are willing to take the biblical text seriously and subversively. Join The Scriven Insurgence - the private community built for Subversive Scribe Podcast subscribers on our Locals page at https://subversivescribe.locals.com/. Click on “Become A Supporter” and for $5 a month as a member of the Scriven Insurgence you get access to private Subversive Scribe episodes, teaching series, audible commentaries and exclusive content. Your support makes The Subversive Scribe possible. Join the Scriven Insurgence and stay subversive. ...

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Episode 6

May 01, 2022

Episode 6 - Would you believe me if I told you I saw Bigfoot flying a UFO and other Unverified Personal Experiences?

In this sixth episode of The Subversive Scribe podcast, show host Jesse “Hesh” Heshel discusses the question of if personal experience is a reliable source of knowledge, particularly in religious questions. We also discuss the problem of anecdotalism – you may experience something and a friend might but that doesn’t mean it is systematic or happening across the board. There are multiple kinds of evidence and some have more weight than others. We discuss how that concept applies to the sacred text including the evidence of multiple witnesses which is the unique claim of Judaism in that God spoke to the people from the mountain and the nation all heard Him directly. We discuss concerns such as time and eradication of contrary voices and finish with a discussion on Unverified Personal Gnosis (UPG) including personal religious experiences. Like the show? Make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss any future episodes. Support for The Subversive Scribe comes from private subscribers, generous supporters and a community of inquiring people who are willing to take the biblical text seriously and subversively. Join The Scriven Insurgence - the private community built for Subversive Scribe Podcast subscribers on our Locals page at https://subversivescribe.locals.com/. Click on “Become A Supporter” and for $5 a month as a member of the Scriven Insurgence you get access to private Subversive Scribe episodes, teaching series, audible commentaries and exclusive content. Your support makes The Subversive Scribe possible. Join the Scriven Insurgence and stay subversive. ...

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Episode 5

April 30, 2022

Episode 5 - Can We Know Truth? And It's Not A Person

In this fifth episode of The Subversive Scribe podcast, show host Jesse “Hesh” Heshel discusses how we can know if something is true and if truth itself is knowable (it is).  Truth is knowable – to say “we can’t know anything with certainty” is on its face contradictory. The sacred text – the Tanakh – is largely simple, clear and precise – the problem is we just don’t like it. We also discuss knowledge verification, falsifiability and other common religious axioms used to describe ways of gaining knowledge which is used to ascertain and verify truthfulness.  We also discuss the notion that “truth” is a person when in fact truth is a concept by which something is factually correct. Lastly, we discuss some problems with interpreting/hermeneutics that requires religious belief first. Truth of the text isn’t determined by the ethical or moral quality of the interpreter or by how “baptized in the Spirit” one is or if one is even a believer or “born again” or even if they’re in the “right” religion or sect of religion. Something is true on its own and a reasonable person would be able to understand the text as presented REGARDLESS of how religious one is or isn’t. Like the show? Make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss any future episodes. Support for The Subversive Scribe comes from private subscribers, generous supporters and a community of inquiring people who are willing to take the biblical text seriously and subversively. Join The Scriven Insurgence - the private community built for Subversive Scribe Podcast subscribers on our Locals page at https://subversivescribe.locals.com/. Click on “Become A Supporter” and for $5 a month as a member of ...

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Episode 4

April 30, 2022

Episode 4 - Straight Is The Way: Peshat Is The Biblicist Meaning

In this fourth episode of The Subversive Scribe podcast, show host Jesse “Hesh” Heshel discusses the primary and straight forward interpretive method of interpreting the text of scripture (or any text for that matter). This episode focuses on the “P” in PRDS – the Jewish method of interpretation discussed in the last episode. This whole episode is based on the point that the way to be biblical is to take the Peshat route of interpretation – it is letting the text speak for itself. The plain sense, straight forward meaning of the text – in context – is what it means. We also discuss the Karaite tradition within Judaism, a sect of Judaism that largely focuses on the Peshat level of interpretation; the straight forward plain sense meaning of the text in context as THE meaning of the text. Peshat is the biblical way of interpreting; passage means what it means – the plain sense reading, the straight forward understanding, the base meaning is what it means. Then let the passage say what it says, in its own grammar, language, idioms, idiolect, context, history, and politics and let it mean what it means. Like the show? Make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss any future episodes. Support for The Subversive Scribe comes from private subscribers, generous supporters and a community of inquiring people who are willing to take the biblical text seriously and subversively. Join The Scriven Insurgence - the private community built for Subversive Scribe Podcast subscribers on our Locals page at https://subversivescribe.locals.com/. Click on “Become A Supporter” and for $5 a month as a member of the Scriven Insurgence you get access to private Subversive Scribe episodes, teaching ...

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Episode 3

April 29, 2022

Episode 3 - Welcome To PaRaDiSe

In this third episode of The Subversive Scribe podcast, show host Jesse “Hesh” Heshel discusses an ancient and long established Jewish method of interpretation called PRDS, which is meant to sound like “paradise” phonetically. PRDS is the Jewish method of interpreting scripture developed over a long period of time. The rabbi’s did well at guarding this and keeping this but there are other Judaic sects like the Karaites who also work on exegesis of the Tanakh. We discuss what each one of the letters – P, R, D, S – stands for in the hermeneutical system and especially the importance of “P” which is called peshatt in Hebrew. Peshatt translates as “Straight” as in the plain-sense, straight forward base meaning of the text. This is what the text means and is the primary reading. This is important for later episodes as we hone on this first and primary layer of interpreting sacred text.   Peshatt – is the meaning of the text; everything else is frosting. We also discuss other systems of interpreting including the Medieval Quidriga in Christianity. Until next time, stay subversive. Like the show? Make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss any future episodes. Support for The Subversive Scribe comes from private subscribers, generous supporters and a community of inquiring people who are willing to take the biblical text seriously and subversively. Join The Scriven Insurgence - the private community built for Subversive Scribe Podcast subscribers on our Locals page at https://subversivescribe.locals.com/. Click on “Become A Supporter” and for $5 a month as a member of the Scriven Insurgence you get access to private Subversive Scribe episodes, teaching series, audible commentaries and exclusive content. Your support ...

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