Learn a Language with Fluent City and Read the Skeptic’s Annotated Bible

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Partner #1: Fluent City

Fluent City offers outstanding adult language classes in major cities throughout the United States and wants to help you learn a new language (and maybe even translate the Bible yourself). And to help, they’re offering a chance at winning a FREE $200 Gift Certificate for language classes to anyone who donates to the OMGWTFBIBLE Indiegogo campaign in its last 30 days. Just go here, donate RIGHT NOW at ANY LEVEL, and you’ll be entered to win.

But that’s not all. Fluent City is also a special discount just for OMGWTFBIBLE listeners. Visit www.fluentcity.com and pick a Hebrew, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, German, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese or Russian class. During checkout, use OMGWTFBIBLE as the promo code for 15% off your group class. Don’t miss out  - code expires August 25, 2014!

Partner #2: Skeptic’s Annotated Bible

Until the print version of OMGWTFBIBLE comes out at some hazy date in the future (and even when it does), the best place in the world to find all the wacky and weird stuff in the Bible is in the pages of the Skeptic’s Annotated Bible by Steve Wells. That’s why OMGWTFBIBLE has teamed up with SAB Books to offer a signed copy of the Skeptic’s Annotated Bible at the $54 perk level. But hurry! There are only 16 of this perk available, so don’t wait to grab it here.

Ken Ham is Bad at Hebrew

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In a glaringly stupid blog post, intellectual lightweight and Answers in Genesis non-mastermind Ken Ham calls out NASA for spending money on space exploration:

I’m shocked at the countless hundreds of millions of dollars that have been spent over the years in the desperate and fruitless search for extraterrestrial life. Even Bill Nye “the Science Guy,” in our recent debate, happily gloated about tax dollars being spent toward this effort. And now, secular scientists are at it again.

His reasoning? The Bible clearly says the Earth is special and God made it that way:

Secularists cannot allow earth to be special or unique—that’s a biblical idea (Isaiah 45:18). If life evolved here, it simply must have evolved elsewhere they believe. The Bible, in sharp contrast to the secular worldview, teaches that earth was specially created, that it is unique and the focus of God’s attention (Isaiah 66:1 and Psalm 115:16).

Unfortunately for Ken, the Bible doesn’t say that. The Hebrew in Isaiah 45:18, Isaiah 66:1, and Psalm 115:16 does not explicitly say that God made our planet uniquely special. In all three of those verses, the Hebrew word used is ארץ, which simply means “ground.” Setting aside the fact that this stuff was written before modern astronomy, “ground” doesn’t necessarily mean “only Earth.” Even if עולם, which often means “world,” was used, he’d still be wrong, since that word can also mean “universe.”

The thing that frustrates me most about religion is when its loudest advocates often don’t have any idea what they’re talking about.

<h/t: Raw Story, Huffington Post, Gawker>

Sponsor An Episode!

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There’s a new perk up at the OMGWTFBIBLE Indiegogo! Now, if you donate $250 or more, you can be the official sponsor for an entire Exodus episode! That means you get a mug, a T-shirt, and you get an episode dedicated to you. Your name will be plastered all over it, you’ll get to chat with me for 30 minutes over Skype (or phone) beforehand, and you’ll get the official script used on stage. But hurry! There are only 11 of this perk available!

Shalom, OMGWTFBIBLE!

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but there’s a lot of crazy sex stuff in Genesis. I recently spoke with Andria Kaplan of Shalom Life for her #LoveJewce column about the weirdest, most provocative stuff. It’s all in the article there, so please check it out! For my part, I had this to say about rewriting the Bible:

“As Jews, our tradition of weekly Torah reading makes us all a part of the world’s longest-running book club,” Tuchman tells me in an exclusive interview. “I believe that reading it together and sharing our experience of the text and how it relates to our lives is central to our faith and can bring us closer together. With OMGWTFBIBLE, I’m hoping that I’m making that a little bit more fun.”

A least a little.

Jews Censor the Bible

A censored version of the book of Genesis.

I think the Hasidim are starting to catch on to how crazy the Torah is. According to FailedMessiah, the Skvere community of Hasidim in New Square, New York has created a somewhat pared-down version of the Five Books of Moses to use at their Bais Tziporah girls school.

This version has removed some of the more racy stuff from the story. Y’know, like the dual narratives of the creation of the world, the story of Eden, all that Cain and Abel stuff, and the flood. FailedMessiah suggests that it’s because these stories are about *GASP* people who aren’t “Jewish.”

Also kept out are the stories of Yehudah, Tamar, Er, and Onan (Episode 18) and of Yoseph and Potiphar’s woman (also Episode 18!). Shockingly, the story of Dinah is left in (Episode 16), presumably to warn young Jewish women of the dangers of loving uncircumcised men.

If you can read Hebrew, you can tell what’s missing here (the whole Potiphar thing).

People sometimes tell me my podcast is inappropriate. It’s not my show that’s inappropriate, it’s the Bible.

<h/t: Motti Schleider>

Episode 22

Behold! The extra-long Genesis Finale Episode 22 of OMGWTFBIBLE with a whole pile of guests is now available!

This episode was recorded at Beauty Bar in New York City.

There are so many ways to listen to Episode 22!

You can listen using the SoundCloud thingie above or by downloading here. Explore our SoundCloud and listen to past episodes here.

You can also: subscribe in iTunes, subscribe via RSS, or listen via Stitcher!

Help Me Translate the Bible

First of all, the finale is up at Jewcy here. A bigger post, and an episode page will show up on this site tomorrow, around the time you’ll be able to download episode 22 in iTunes.

Second of all, I’ve launched an Indiegogo campaign to help ensure this podcast keeps going and gets better and better. Please, watch the video above and head on over here to contribute. Every little bit helps!