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44- The Salvation of Humankind

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In this “First Three Centuries” series episode we look at early Christian beliefs about salvation, the saving work of Christ and its meaning, in the first three centuries.

Harrowing of Hades

Greek Mosaic of the risen Christ liberating Adam and Eve from death.


The Crucifixion of Christ by Gustave Doré

iTunes Reviews Feedback

Hello listeners,

I want to thank all of you who have taken the time to rate and review the podcast on iTunes. These really help the show gain more subscribers and I hope more listeners keep posting their reviews.

I have also received some excellent constructive criticism from the iTunes reviewers which I’d like to address here. Early on I had tendency to smack my lips a lot which I know put some people off. Eventually I plan to go back and re-record those early episodes, but in the meantime I will go back and cut out, as much as possible, all those annoying instances where I smacked my lips.

Another constructive criticism has been my narration which, especially early on, I know was slow and stilted. I do hope my narration has improved over the course of the show and I will certainly keep striving to make my recordings more engaging and pleasing to listen to.

Finally one reviewer pointed out an issue with the Bonus episodes which I’m extremely grateful was brought to my attention. The reviewer pointed out how I have habit of exchanging some banter with the guest over aspects of Church history and theology which listeners may not be familiar with. I take full responsibility for this failing and I’m glad to have been aware of it. The bonus episodes are something new that I’m trying and I hope they improve as the show continues. Part of the fun is the excitement of talking Church history with fellow podcasters. As you might imagine not too many people in my day-to-day life share this passion and enthusiasm for the subject. However in my excitement I realize now I forgot you dear listeners, who as the show’s audience should always be my first priority when producing content. In the future I will be more conscientious and make sure I provide you with any and all necessary context and background for discussions between myself and a guest.

I want to thank all you listeners and I hope you feel that I have taken your feedback seriously.



Bonus 4- The Supernatural Realm with Dr. Michael Heiser

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In part 2 of our interview with Dr. Heiser we discuss the Israelite and Jewish background of early Christian beliefs concerning Angels, Demons, and other denizens of the supernatural realm…


Dr. Heiser’s website and blogs

The Naked Bible Podcast


43- God and Christ

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We look at the origins and development of the Christian theology of the Trinity and Christology in the first three centuries. In particular how the early Church understood the relationship between God the Father and the Son.


Painting of the Holy Trinity


Russian Icon of “The Hospitality of Abraham” by Andrei Rublev, 15th Century



El as depicted at Ugarit (Ras Shamra, Syria), Late Bronze Age

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Baal Hadad as depicted at Ugarit (Ras Shamra, Syria), Late Bronze Age


Check out Jonathan’s awesome History of the Copts podcast!

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Bonus 3- Origen of Alexandria with Steve Guerra

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In this bonus episode we revisit the subject of Origen of Alexandria with “The History of the Papacy Podcast” host Steve Guerra!


Origen, PD-US

January 2019 Update

Hi everyone,

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. First off my apologies for the lack of new episodes these past few months. My living and financial situation has changed and so I’ve had to some to “economic restructuring” so to speak. Fear not though, I’m still committed and able to continuing this podcast. I want to thank everyone for their continued feedback and support. For those of you I’ve been late on getting back to I want extend a further apology. I will make certain I respond to every listener ASAP. Now onto the more exciting stuff. This month I will release 3 new episodes, 2 of which are bonus episodes to boot! Also, my grad school load is going to be lighter this semester which means I’ll have more time to work on the show. These non-narrative “First Three Centuries” series episodes do require quite a bit more research to complete than even I initially anticipated. So hopefully my academic respite will make it easier to finish these episodes so we can get get to the Q&A and return to the narrative.

Thanks again listeners for all your support! 

Bonus 2 – The Origins of the Trinity with Dr. Michael Heiser



In this episode we discuss the roots of the Trinity and Christology in the religion of ancient Canaan, Israel, and Second Temple Judaism with Dr. Michael Heiser. Dr. Heiser is a scholar of ancient Hebrew and Semitic studies. You can check out his content at

Dr. Heiser’s other websites:

Amazon Page

Two Powers in Heaven: Early Rabbinic Reports about Christianity and Gnosticism – Alan F. Segal

The Jewish Targums and John’s Logos Theology Paperback – John Ronning

Angelomorphic Christology: Antecedents and Early Evidence – Charles A. Gieschen