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 discuss. In addition, each episode they present another text, a non-Biblical text of note--religious or secular--that may or may not correspond to the Bible text. 

Bible Bash Podcast is a project of Ministries Beyond Welcome and a part of the Rock Candy Network.

To share your questions, comments, requests for passages to be discussed, or suggestions for guests who can talk about texts, email Liam and Peterson: ministriesbeyondwelcome@gmail.com

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Being Transgender, Being Human —Joy Ladin andThe Book of Jonah

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. 

Resisting Empire -- Daniel 5

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 other text," a bilingual reading of Federico Garcia Lorca's poem, Madrigales. 

Ashpenaz Chief Eunuch -- Daniel One

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 Ashpenaz, a foreigner and gender outsider. Cisgender gay Bible scholar, Peterson Toscano shares the story from Daniel chapter one and discusses it with co-host, Liam Hooper, a trans Bible scholar. 

The Creation of the Earth Being - Genesis 1 & 2

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 by Adrienne Rich.

Ismael and Hagar - Genesis 16 & 21

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. 

The Other Ethiopian Eunuch

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. 

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