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Ever wonder what happens when a trans Jewish theological activist and a cisgender Baptist hunger activist walk into a Bible Bashing podcast and talk about Biblical stories? Listen in each month as host, Liam Michael Hooper - a justice-seeking gender theorist, trans educator-advocate, and author - meets with (new) co-host, Don Durham - a hermit-ish farmer, podcaster, and transitional coach - share their thoughts about Biblical stories. After discussing a given text, Liam or Don will share a n ...
 
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There is no easy way to share this news, but Don Durham, co-host of Bible Bash unexpectedly and suddenly died of natural causes at home last month. Bible Bash producer Peterson Toscano put together this episode with outtakes from recording sessions. He also includes recordings Don sharing "Another Text" from several episodes since he first started …
 
After a summer holiday, the Bible Bash team has returned! This month, Liam takes a look at the story in Numbers 13 and 14 - the story of the Hebrew scouts, which reveals the reason the people were destined to wander for 40 years before entering the promised land. Liam raises important questions: Is this story of the scouts a story of failing faith,…
 
Liam and Don are taking a little break over the summer to research, relax, and reboot. In this episode you will hear Another Text shared by Pastor June. You will hear an excerpt from a recent Pride Service. We're honored to have a special guest this week to share a reading as our "other text." Reverend Junia Joplin has provided an excerpt from a re…
 
This month, Don takes a look at the story of Thomas, the disciple often referred to as “doubting Thomas,” in the gospel according to John. In his reading of this story, Don presents a rather revolutionary interpretation of Thomas and his reaction to the disciples’ claim that they have seen their teacher, Jesus. Through his refreshing take on the st…
 
Is the story of Esther the first documented intersectional justice uprising? In this month’s episode, Don and Liam join the Saturday morning Torah study class at Liam’s Shul, where they curate a rousing liberation-themed discussion of the Book of Esther. After all, it is the season of Purim. In the first of what Don and Liam hope will be more “live…
 
This month, for our Bible Bash entertainment and considerations, Don takes us on a trip through the Christian book of Acts. Don’s chosen task: to reflect on the complicated person we know as Paul, based on his behavior throughout these chapters describing the early formation of Christianity. In this journey, Don points us to a Paul who may have exp…
 
Peterson Toscano Zoom bombs the podcast to talk about the love between Jonathan and David, but really he is mostly curious about God in the story. The story of King Saul, Prince Jonathan, and future king David is one filled with desire and jealousy. We hear a lot about Saul’s jealousy over David. There is fear of being replaced and of no longer bei…
 
We begin the new year, in 2022, with a close reading of the story of the midwives in Exodus 1: 15-21. Liam offers us an invitation to recognize Shifrah and Puah as revolutionary resistors and so much more: namely, co-creators with G-d, The Potter of earthen vessels. Along the way, Liam and Don offer, for our consideration, the idea that we are all …
 
For his December Bash, Don takes a close and insightful look at Mark’s gospel and Jesus’ interactions with James and John, who wish to be seated at Jesus’ side and share in his glory. Or, so they say when they ask Jesus to do something for them. In his reading, Don peels back the layers of this story to expose what appears to be a first-century, di…
 
Diving into Genesis stories again, in this episode, Liam offers us a different view of the so-called Fall story found in Genesis 3. Reading the encounter between Eve and the serpent in a new way, and drawing on Rashi and his commentary on the story, Liam invites us to see the story as a trauma story, first, and then poses the question of who really…
 
In this Bible Bash episode, Don invites us into a closer look at what is going on with Judas when he rails at Mary for wasting expensive perfume on washing Jesus’ feet. In other gospel versions of the story, the woman who washes Jesus’ feet is unknown to us, but in John’s version of events, it is Mary, sister to Lazarus, who performs the intimate a…
 
In mid-August, Liam and Don were joined by Portland Maine’s Poet Laureate, Maya Williams. Maya is not only a creative, gifted spoken word artist and poet, they are also a suicide survivor, theological thinker, and utterly enchanting person. In this episode, Maya shares their poem, “Judas and Suicide,” and offers us a thought-provoking and spiritual…
 
The story of Balaam is a fantastic tale complete with conversations with God, angels with swords drawn, a seemingly stubborn talking donkey, and a seerer’s blessings and curses. What if anything can we learn from this story about our relationships to God and to one another? In this episode, Liam takes a look at the ways in which we are conditioned …
 
In this month’s episode of the Bible Bash podcast, new co-host Don Durham leads us through a deep dive into the layered messages gleaned from Isaiah 56 - the classic text where the prophet proclaims God’s favor for foreigners and eunuchs. In his studious way, Don takes us through a short framing history of the distinct periods in the collection of …
 
From his continued curiosity about how we develop theologies that sustain us during periods of disappointment, Liam takes a look at Genesis 3. Regular listeners may recall the Drawing Near episode when Liam shared the story of a Rabbi, at his conversion, asking him, Do you have a theology of disappointment to sustain you when the institution of Jud…
 
Have you heard the story of Jesus’ hissy fit in the temple, turning over tables and ranting about the house of God being a house of prayer for all the peoples? Have you ever wondered what that apparent temper tantrum was all about? In this episode, Don offers his thoughts about the tale as we find in the Gospel of Mark. In his discussion, Don poses…
 
In this month’s episode, Liam and Don take a look at Jesus’ teaching on the laborers in the vineyard through the larger story of Jesus engaging with the people. Liam explores the tendency to isolate Jesus’ teachings and parables from their story-based, literary contexts. Liam proposes that the author of Matthew’s gospel (like the authors of each go…
 
In this episode of the Bible Bash podcast, Liam Hooper does a new thing. First, Liam invites listeners to draw near to our new co-host, Don Durham, and invites Don to draw near to listeners as well. We learn a little about Don, who is - among other things - a trained organizational change and transition consultant, and strategic coach helping clien…
 
Am I my brother's keeper? Cain asks G-d after killing his brother. In Sunday and Sabbath Day school's this story of fratricide turns into a simple moral tale, but as always Liam Hooper takes us deeper. He explores the ways G-d probes and seeks to draw out Cain. The subsequent discussion with Peterson Toscano raises other questions, as he and Liam r…
 
Peterson Toscano takes on the biggest clobber passage of them all, Genesis 19 and the story of Sodom. We all know the "sin of Sodom" is not man on man action, aka homosexuality or sodomy. Peterson provides a close reading of the text to demonstrate that this story has nothing to do with "the gays" and really it is not even about hospitality. In fac…
 
For the first ever LIVE Bible Bash, Peterson, Liam, and guests, take on the topic of Biblical Bottoms. Who is a bottom in the Bible and what does that even mean?? We talk bottoms, tops, subs, doms, power bottoms, agency, consent, and much more. Hear about Jonah, Hagar, Samson, Delilah, and others. It is a fun, informative, and insightful conversati…
 
By taking on Hosea 11:9 Avery Smith, host of Blessed Are the Binary Breakers podcast, cracks open a rich discussion with Bible Bash co-hosts, Liam Hooper and Peterson Toscano. Avery writes: "I interpret God's declaration For I am God and not a man in Hosea 11:9 as, among other things, evidence of Their rejection of being assigned a human gender and…
 
Liam Hooper will publish is his first book, Trans-Forming Proclamation: A Transgender Theology of Daring Existence. Peterson Toscano interviews Liam about this book that in its very structure models a bold new way of living. Liam then reads an excerpt from the book In Trans-Forming Proclamation, Liam Hooper tenderly explores gender and the Bible. T…
 
Liam and Peterson welcome Diamond Stylz to the podcast. She unpacks and repackages the Book of Ruth, while she relentlessly highlights the patriarchy that fuels the narrative. Diamond Stylz is one of the premier voices among the millennial black trans community. Currently, Diamond is the Executive Director of Black Trans Women Inc, a national non-p…
 
Peterson shares the story of "the man with the pitcher of water," who appears in Luke 22:10 (also Mark 14:13 Matthew 26:18, 19 "a certain man.") This is someone who breaks gender and class rules. We do not know all the reasons, but somehow Jesus knew to look out for this gender transgressor and gender transcendent person. While the passage is short…
 
Liam Hooper takes on the "gayest" passage in the Christian Bible, the story of the Roman Centurion and the healing of his personal servant. Does this text condone gay sex? Gay relationships? Slavery? Liam deepens the significance of the passage by connecting it to the narrative that comes immediately afterwards: Jesus raising a widow's only son fro…
 
Peterson Toscano recounts the epic story of a "day in the life" of Jesus and the disciples as found in Mark chapter 5. There we see a demon possessed man, a herd of pigs, really pissed off towns people, and very frightened disciples. As an actor, Peterson is curious about the backstory of "the man who dwelt amongst the tombs." What brought him to t…
 
David Chandler an Australian, joins Liam Hooper and Peterson Toscano to talk about the first chapter of the Book of Ruth. Peterson reads from the new anthology Otherwise Christian 2: Stories of Resistance, edited by Mx Chris Paige. He shares a passage from the essay Womanist by Diamond Stylz. David also shares the "Other Text," the third saying in …
 
Liam shares his insights about I Kings 17-7-24. Elijah, a prophet with an unpopular message who finds himself destitute during a famine. A widow prepares a last meal for her son before they both die. They survive though as they shelter in place with the prophet. The similarities to what many are experiencing in this time of Coronavirus are striking…
 
While serving as Activist in Residence at Susquehanna University, Peterson Toscano co-preached a sermon with chaplain Rev. Scott Kershner, and then recorded their conversation for Bible Bash podcast. Going back and forth they discuss Matthew chapter 3, the story of John the Baptist in the wilderness. John is an outrageous character in the way he dr…
 
Trigger Warning: This show contains references to sexual assault and extreme violence which comes directly out of Genesis chapter 34. (Who said the Bible is "family-friendly?") Liam Hooper takes on a difficult text: Genesis 34 which tells the story of Dinah, the daughter of Leah and of Jacob. One day Dinah, a young woman of marrying age, leaves the…
 
Liam Michael Hooper, a Trans Bible scholar spends a lot of time in the Hebrew Bible. This inspired co-host Peterson Toscano to explore the story of Samson and Delilah in the book of Judges, chapter 16. Looking at the story with eyes of a playwright and an actor, Peterson points out the intense intimacy and profound love between the Israelite man an…
 
Have you ever wondered, "Who might be bisexual in the Bible?" Drawing on the scholarship of Rabbi Mark Sameth, author of the New York Times essay, Is God Transgender? Liam Hooper digs into the story of Judah, the son of Jacob, and an encounter he had with another man. Then Peterson Toscano shares the other text. He reads the poem Soot by Ana Blandi…
 
Peterson shares the story of Joseph from Genesis chapter 47. Long after the incident with the coat of many colors (which is quite possibly a princess dress) Joseph is in Egypt. Through his gift of dream analysis, he predicts a famine, and then proposes an adaptation plan. While his plan is effective, it is totally unjust. Hear Peterson and Liam dis…
 
Liam shares the story of five sisters who appear in Numbers 27. Without any attachment to a male heir, they will end up desperately destitute that is of course until they lobby for their cause and end up changing Mosaic law. Peterson follows up with the "Other Text." A reading from Gender Outlaws--The Next Generation. Peterson reads an excerpt from…
 
Special guest Mx. Chris Paige joins Liam Hooper and Peterson Toscano to share excerpts from their new book, Otherwise Christian--A Guidebook for Transgender Liberation. Chris reads from the Chapter, Zey Jesus, and reveals the discomfort some people have about gender neutral pronouns, especially when attached to Jesus of Nazareth. Chris also discuss…
 
Liam Hooper, a Trans Bible scholar, talks about Jael in Judges chapter 4, her famous tent peg, & the naughty unconventional way she uses it. Fierce, subversive, and gender non-conforming, Jael stands as a bold figure in the Bible. Peterson Toscano joins in the discussion then shares an "other" text. He reads a poem by Sapho (ca. 610-580 B.C.E.) fro…
 
Special guest, Joy Ladin, joins Liam Hooper and Peterson Toscano for a moving and insightful exploration of the Book of Jonah. Joy Ladin holds the Gottesman Chair in English at Yeshiva University, and, in 2007, became the first (and still only) openly transgender employee of an Orthodox Jewish institution. In her book, The Soul of the Stranger: Rea…
 
Liam Hooper presents a story of empire and the various subversive ways Daniel survived and resisted the Babylonian Empire. Often oppressed people must caretake their oppressors. This is true for LGBTQ people and many others. This deep dive into Daniel chapter five raises many questions about how to resist oppressions. Peterson Toscano presents "an …
 
Ashpenaz, the chief eunuch of Babylon suddenly must care for three traumatized foreign boys. The eunuch is tasked with preparing these children, the survivors of war, for service to the very king who destroyed their families. They are shattered, and come to Ashpenaz with a request for a special diet. Learn about the extraordinary kindness of Ashpen…
 
Mother and son are brought into the family then become outsiders. Liam shares the moving story of Hagar and Ishmael and compares their experiences in Genesis chapters 16 and 21 to experiences of LGBTQ people today. Peterson then shares "another text," and reads a passage from the ancient poem, The Epic of Gilgamesh. In each episode of Bible Bash Po…
 
Who in the Bible transgresses and transcends gender? Ebed Malech in Jeremiah 38 is a foreigner and a sexual and gender minority--an Ethiopian eunuch.Peterson Toscano, a cisgender, gay Bible scholar unpacks this story then discusses it with Liam. Then Liam reads "another text" by Yehuda Amichai. In each episode of Bible Bash Podcast, Peterson and co…
 
Liam Michael Hooper, a Trans Bible scholar loves to dig deep into Bible texts, especially in the Hebrew Bible. As co-host of Bible Bash Podcast, he begins in the beginning in the Book of Genesis. He unearths an earth creature who is not assigned a gender at creation. Peterson follows up with questions for Liam and then offers "another text." A poem…
 
Peterson Toscano, a cisgender, gay Bible scholar, has a thing for eunuchs in the Bible. As co-host of Bible Bash Podcast, he shares the story of The Other Ethiopian Eunuch, found in Jeremiah chapter 38. In each episode of Bible Bash Podcast, Peterson and co-host, Liam Michael Hooper, a Trans Bible scholar, take turns presenting the text. They then …
 
Liam Michael Hooper, a Trans Bible scholar loves to dig deep into Bible texts, especially in the Hebrew Bible. As co-host of Bible Bash Podcast, he begins in the beginning in the Book of Genesis. He unearths an earth creature who is not assigned a gender at creation. In each episode of Bible Bash Podcast, Liam and co-host, cis gay Bible scholar, Pe…
 
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