My media consumption increasingly comes in the form of YouTube videos these days — particularly documentary-style video essays on a variety of topics that interest me. One of my primary interests is obviously biblical studies, but there aren’t a lot of video channels that take biblical research seriously and communicate it to general audiences. So I decided I would give it a try.
I’m launching a channel associated called The Inquisitive Bible Reader that will do what I’ve been doing with this blog for the past seven years — exploring topics related to the history of Christianity and Judaism that interest me, and communicating them in ways that are hopefully clear, informative, and maybe even entertaining. This more visual medium also lets me present things that are difficult to explain in writing.
Even though these videos will initially rely on the research I’ve already written about here, I hope that they contain enough new material to interest my longtime blog readers as well. And fair warning: you can expect my videos to be a bit rough around the edges until I get the hang of this new format.
In the meantime, of course, I’ll continue to write new articles here as time permits.
Here’s the link for the channel: The Inquisitive Bible Reader
The first video, on the sources and background of the Genesis flood story, is embedded below. It provides a look at the Epic of Gilgamesh and how other ancient texts inform our knowledge of the way Genesis was written. I then analyze the text of the flood story to demonstrate how it was composed from the J and P sources. It should be watched full-screen for best results.
I have two more videos already finished that will be released in the weeks ahead.