What is God’s Name? Feat. Dr. Michael Heiser – God E13 The Bible Project

Tim Mackey and others discussing the name of God. For those with any interest in a deeper understanding of The Name you’ll find this a fascinating discussion.

The Bible Project

This is a special episode in our series exploring the portrayal of God as a character in the Bible!

In this episode, Tim and Jon host a friend of the Bible Project’s, Dr. Michael Heiser. Dr Heiser is a Ph.D. in Hebrew studies from the University of Wisconsin. He’s a well-published author whose work has been mentioned on this podcast before. He also runs his own podcast called “The Naked Bible Podcast”.

In part 1 (0-18:05), the guys begin to talk about God’s “name”. This is a motif that is found throughout Scripture. Tim says that the Old Testament well primes the observant reader to expect an incarnation of God. The guys zero in on the commandment to not take God’s name in vain. “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord God in vain.” What does this actually mean? Is it about cussing or something more? Dr. Heiser says the commandment is much more significant than most modern readers think.

Tim shares a quote from Gerhard Von Rad’s Old Testament Theology. “The name Yahweh was committed in trust to Israel alone among the nations… In it alone lay the guarantee of Yahweh’s nearness and of his readiness to help… This name shared directly in Yahweh’s own holiness, for indeed it was, so to speak, a double of his being. And so it had to be treated as holy in the very heart of Israel’s worship, to ‘call on the name of Yahweh’ was equivalent to true worship.” — Gerhard Von Rad, Old Testament Theology, Vol. 1, p. 183.

Dr. Heiser says that to represent someone’s name is a big deal. He says that to “not take the name in vain” would be better translated to, “do not misrepresent the name.”

In part 2 (18:05- 33:00), the guys dive into more stories of God’s name. Dr. Heiser makes a point that God incarnating happens repeatedly in the Old Testament, so it was expected that God would incarnate in the New Testament as the Messiah. Heiser says the question for an ancient Hebrew was not, “Is it possible for God to incarnate in a human?” but rather, “Is Jesus the chosen one whom God has incarnated in?”

The guys zero in on some stories of the Angel of the Lord in the Old Testament. Dr. Heiser says that in the Exodus 23, the Angel has God’s name “in him”. Then in Joshua 5, “the ruler of the Lord’s army” or “captain of the hosts of the Lord” appears to Joshua. Joshua is told to remove his shoes, for the ground is holy. This is the same language that appears in the story of Moses and the burning bush. In the burning bush story, it is the angel that is in the bush. Dr. Heiser says this is the same figure in all the stories. The angel is both an angel and Yahweh, yet is distinct from Yahweh.

In part 3 (33:00-44:30) Tim and Dr. Heiser continue to make the point that God was known to incarnate in physical form. Dr. Heiser references Dr. Alan Segal, saying that ancient Judaism had a duality in it. God could be both Yahweh and distinct from Yahweh.

Tim refers to Jesus’ brothers who didn’t believe Jesus was the Son of God when he was alive, but after his resurrection they did. Tim and Dr. Heiser also refer to John 17. Dr. Heiser says that when Jesus claims to have “manifested God’s name” he is claiming in other words, “He who has seen me has seen the Father.” Jesus is the one who carried the name faithfully, doing the job Israel was supposed to. Tim says the claim being made in John 17 is behind the whole universe being in unity, a community of eternal love.

In part 4 (44:30-end) The guys talk about the “name” or the “mark” of the beast in the book of Revelation. Dr. Heiser says this is also much more significant than modern readers realize. To carry the name of the beast means to have a willful alignment with evil.

Jon comments that he still feels a little confused. “The name” of God operates so complexly. Dr. Heiser says this is intentional and that there is a whole “matrix of ideas” in the Bible. A key to reading the Bible well is to understand how the vocabulary used in the Bible all interconnects.

Show Resources: Gerhard von Rad, “Old Testament Theology,” Vol. 1, p. 183. Peter Ellis, “The Genius of John: A Composition-Critical Commentary on the Fourth Gospel” Michael Heiser, “The Unseen Realm: Recovering the Supernatural Worldview of the Bible” and “Angels: What the Bible Really Says about God’s Heavenly Hosts” Show Music: Defender Instrumental: Tents Faith: Tae the Producer In the Distance: Tae the Producer Moments: Tae the Producer

Show Produced by: Dan Gummel. Jon Collins.

#1184 – Roseanne Barr – The Joe Rogan Experience

Rosanne is very smart, legitimately crazy, and extremely funny. I think she has made foolish choices that led to her infamous tweet and after hearing her, considering her taking Ambien, I think her explanation makes sense.

The Joe Rogan Experience

Roseanne Barr is a comedian, actress, writer, television producer, director.

#1153 – Macaulay Culkin – The Joe Rogan Experience

Macaulay Culkin is an interesting guy. For some reason I’m predisposed to dislike him. Maybe I feel like child actors didn’t have to deal with actual childhood suffering and disappointments. My antipathy towards him has never felt reasonable and this podcast establishes, for me, that my antipathy was unfounded.

Good interview by Joe.

The Joe Rogan Experience

Macaulay Culkin is an actor and musician. He recently started a website called BunnyEars.com – https://bunnyears.com – and also a podcast available on iTunes.

#1154 – Doug Duren & Bryan Richards – The Joe Rogan Experience

A really good opening discussion of chronic wasting disease (CWD, basically mad cow for deer but different). It’s no joke and will impact us. Joe got a great guy to talk to about this and I learned a lot.

The Joe Rogan Experience

Doug Duren is a passionate hunter, farmer, land manager and conservationist. Bryan Richards is the CWD project leader for the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Wildlife Health Center.

#1155 – Henry Rollins – The Joe Rogan Experience

I think Henry Rollins is crazy and gets stuff wrong but he has a laser focus and tolerates zero excuses. His conversations with Joe are always interesting.

The Joe Rogan Experience

Henry Rollins is a musician, actor, writer, television and radio host. He has a special debuting on Showtime called “Keep Talking, Pal” on August 10.

Daniel Dennett vs Keith Ward: Are we more than matter? Mind, consciousness and free will – Unbelievable?

I was a little disappointed in this podcast. I did appreciate the respect between the two participants but I did not feel like either one did a particularly good job of engaging the other person’s ideas. However you do get to see the ideas that each person is putting forward and so I do think it is still worth a listen.


In the 5th episode of The Big Conversation, Justin is joined by atheist guest Daniel Dennett and Christian guest Keith Ward. Daniel C Dennett is Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University, USA and a leading naturalist voice in the philosophy of mind. Keith Ward is a British philosopher and former Regius Professor of Divinity at Oxford University as well as being an ordained priest in the Church of England..

They debate physicalism, idealism, the ‘hard problem’ of consciousness, whether an objective moral realm exists, freewill vs determinism and whether robots could have an immortal soul  Watch the video debate and subscribe to the newsletter at https://www.thebigconversation.show/daniel-dennett-and-keith-ward

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Sunday Special Ep 22: Jonathan Haidt – The Ben Shapiro Show

A decidedly educational discussion about people’s politics and their perspectives. Jonathan Haidt is a non-conservative making good points about the sources of our division and challenges we’ll likely face in the future.

The Ben Shapiro Show

Join Ben Shapiro as he sits down with author of “The Righteous Mind,” Jonathan Haidt, as they discuss whether the right and left can ever reconcile, the problem with feelings, why identity politics is so, so dangerous, and much more. Date: 10-07-2018

Hitchens vs Hitchens debate on War and God – podcast special Unbelievable?

An interesting debate between Christopher Hitchens and his brother Paul. Paul does a medium job. Hitch is a powerful orator but, with respect to God in particular, he rarely says something. Hitch blithely dances atop his unexamined presuppositions.

It is interesting to hear their different perspectives on the Iraq war.


In this podcast special edition of the show Justin broadcasts the 2008 public debate between Christopher Hitchens and his brother Peter Hitchens. Christopher Hitchens (1949-2011) was one of the four so-called ‘horsemen of the new atheism’, well known for his colourful anti-theistic polemical writing and speaking. In contrast his journalist brother Peter Hitchens is a Christian who converted from atheism in his adult years. In this classic public debate from 2008, hosted by the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies at Grand Valley State University, both men debate the Iraq war, the case for God and respond to questions from the 1,400 strong audience. For the Hauenstein Center: https://www.gvsu.edu/hc/

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“Check Out The Big ‘Strain’ On Brett”: GOP Commences Final Push for Brett Kavanaugh’s Confirmation Vote as FBI InvestigationConcludes Morning Joe

Another current affairs program. They used to be a staple of my podcast listening but Joe and Mika fell victim to such a bad case of Trump derangement syndrome that it ceased being worth listening to. This is the first episode I’ve listened to (almost) in full in well over a year. They seem to be mostly back in their right minds.

Morning Joe

Last night, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) took to the floor of the Senate to announce that the FBI investigation involving the allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh had been completed, and the findings will be shared with the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday morning.

According to sources familiar with this morning’s schedule, Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) was the first to receive the FBI’s report, at 8 a.m. EST, for analysis. At 9 a.m., Ranking Member Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) will then be allowed to view the findings.

The staggered release of the report will continue with GOP members of the Senate Judiciary Committee at 10 a.m., Democratic members at 11 a.m., and remaining members of the Senate, afterward.

Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell has already set a vote for the continuation of Kavanaugh’s confirmation for Friday. If Kavanaugh’s confirmation effort survives this next round of voting, the Senate can then debate for up to 30 hours, placing the first opportunity for a penultimate confirmation vote on Saturday morning.

That being said, a handful of Senators, on both sides of the aisle, still remain undecided on the Kavanaugh vote — most notably, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). Both of whom have been targets of vigorous protests in the halls of the Capitol Building, leading Capitol Police to block some areas of the building off from media and civilians.

President Donald Trump, meanwhile, has been doubling down on his and his base’s support of Judge Kavanaugh, attempting to “fire up” his loyal supporters by feeding off of and exploiting their distaste and distrust of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.

Joining us with her new reporting, out today, is White House Correspondent for Bloomberg News Shannon Pettypiece. 

She’ll explain how Trump is “tapping in” to core conservative values by drumming up unyielding and intense support of Judge Kavanaugh and, in turn, drumming up GOP-voter enthusiasm a little more than a month before the midterm elections.

What’s more, new polling out from Fox News, this morning, is showing that support for multiple GOP senate candidates across the country is up, amidst the confirmation fight of Brett Kavanaugh, indicating that President Trump’s push has some political merit.

It’s Thursday, October 4, 2018. Welcome to Morning Joe.

Sunday Special Ep 9: Sam Harris – The Ben Shapiro Show

Two intellectually honest people of diverging views. Sam reveals his “objective” basis for morality in a materialistic universe. It doesn’t pan out but is definitely worth listening to.

The Ben Shapiro Show

Sam Harris joins Ben for a wide-ranging discussion on identity politics, the existence of God, and the Bible’s view of slavery. Date: 07-06-2018