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Animals in the Ancient World


Season 2: Episode 47
Animals in the Ancient World
Date Aired: 1/01/2024

The Bible is literally crawling with animals—from the crafty serpent of Genesis to Jesus’s parable of the lost sheep. That’s because animals (both wild and domesticated) were an integral part of life in the ancient world. In today’s episode, Lloyd Llewelyn-Jones is back to explain what lions, donkeys, doves, and dogs really meant to the ancient authors of the Bible (and also what a locust and honey sandwich actually tastes like).

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  • The Biblical Time Machine Podcast is hosted by Helen Bond and Dave Roos. Helen Bond is professor of Christian origins at Edinburgh University. She is the author of Women Remembered: Jesus’s Female Disciples, The First Biography of Jesus: Genre and Meaning in Mark’s Gospel, and The Historical Jesus: A Guide for the Perplexed. Her research focuses on the social and political history of first century Judaea, the historical Jesus and the canonical gospels. Dave Roos is a journalist and writer who contributes to, HowStuffWorks and the popular podcast Stuff You Should Know. Dave has a degree in religious studies from Duke University.