Have you seen the Bible Project video series? I’ve been so impressed at this animated series that I just had to share. Their mission is to “show how the Bible is one unified story that leads to Jesus” and they do it very well.
What I like the most is that these brief, 3-5 minute videos are packed with Hebraic insights. The authors (Tim Mackie and Jon Collins) have done a lot of study on the ancient biblical context and it shows.
Videos often tackle broad themes that echo from Genesis to Revelation, like sacrifice or exile. Here’s an excellent one on what it means to be the “Image of God.”
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They’ve been doing a series on Hebrew words, which started with the words of the Shema. (“Love,” “heart,” “soul,” “strength”) Having written a lot about Hebrew words myself, including the words of the Shema, I appreciated the richness of this theme.
The Bible Project also records a podcast where they explore topics in depth. Recently they discussed how the Greek idea of the “soul” as a disembodied ghost has overshadowed our reading of Scripture. We’ve misunderstood that New Testament writers were thinking in Hebrew categories of nephesh (life/being/person) and ruach (spirit/wind) even as they were writing in Greek. This is not an easy topic to sort out, but Mackie does it well. Listen to the podcast here.
Overall, I highly recommend the Bible Project. It’s one of the best new things out there.