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Bible Bash: Isaiah, Immigrants, and Eunuchs--Isaiah 56

In this month’s episode of the Bible Bash podcast, new co-host Don Durham leads us through a deep dive into the layered messages gleaned from Isaiah 56 - the classic text where the prophet proclaims God’s favor for foreigners and eunuchs.

In his studious way, Don takes us through a short framing history of the distinct periods in the collection of prophetic episodes attributed to the prophet, Isaiah. Don asserts that, not only does this chapter affirm immigrants, strangers, and differently-bodied, gender-transcendent persons, the whole of Isaiah repeatedly proclaims a single unifying message:

“Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.” Isaiah 1:17.”

For The Other Text Liam reads a passage out of the book, A Year with Thomas Merton: Daily Meditations from His Journals. The reading is accompanied by the song Aim for the Stars by Rand Aldo. It is available on

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In each episode of Bible Bash Podcast, , Liam Michael Hooper, a white trans Bible scholar and Don Durham, a white, cis, heterosexual farmer, minister, and podcaster 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 collaborative project created by Liam Hooper, Don Durham, and Peterson Toscano.

Our theme song is Playbill by The Jellyrox. It is available on iTunes, Spotify, or through Rock Candy Recordings. The show is edited by Peterson Toscano.

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