In this episode I host Megan Lewis and Dr. Joshua Bowen from the awesome YouTube Channel Digital Hammurabi on our series that involves Dr. Josh's book "The Atheist Handbook to the Old Testament."
In this episode I couldn't help myself as an Atheist overtaken with curiosity and so I had to ask them *what do atheists usually get wrong about the Bible?
Their answer is shocking! Many atheists due to a lack of understanding of ancient history and especially the ancient Near East views these societies and in Canaan as backwards, uncivilized and lacking any form of real organized system of society and that couldn't be further from the truth. They oftentimes will use the term "Goat Herder" and I couldn't be more flabbergasted because (1) it isn't just ignorant but incredibly anti-Semitic and (2) it continues to play into and push an agenda that we see throughout historiography and that is orientalism. Orientalism is a form of historiographical narrative that attempts to negate, overlook and ignore the great contributions of the East to world history and it is a narrative that though it has fallen to the wayside in mainstream academia it continues to fester among novices, white supremacists and politically-racially biased fringe historians.
Feel like I am picking on my fellow Atheists? Have no fear because next week we will be turning the other cheek to focus on evangelicals and what they usually get wrong about the big B. I. B. L. E.
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