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James Tissot's "The Caravan of Abraham"

In the midst of a shattered humanity, God calls out to Abraham, inviting him and his descendants into a unique covenant: they will be the chosen people of God.

In this series of 33 podcast episodes, the Christian mythic narrative is presented in its entirety: from a God who pre-exists time to the unending destiny of the human race. The story begins in "Part 1: Creation."

Christianity is an historical religion: to be converted in mind to Christianity – or, put differently, to begin to see the world anew through the Catholic imaginative vision – one must understand this story of redemption.

Episode 9: The Jews, the Chosen People

"Abraham Journeying into the Land of Canaan," by Gustave Dore

"Now therefore, if you will obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my own possession among all peoples; for all the earth is mine, and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel" (Exodus 19:5-6).

Episode 10: The Call of Abraham

"Abraham and the Three Angels," by Gustave Dore

"Now the LORD said to Abram, 'Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who curses you I will curse; and by you all the families of the earth shall bless themselves'" (Genesis 12:1-3).

Episode 11: Jacob, Joseph, and Slavery in Egypt

"Jacob Wrestles with the Angel," by Gustave Dore

"Then the LORD said to Abram, 'Know of a surety that your descendants will be sojourners in a land that is not theirs, and will be slaves there, and they will be oppressed for four hundred years; but I will bring judgment on the nation which they serve, and afterward they shall come out with great possessions'" (Genesis 15:13-14).

This 33-part podcast series was co-produced with Slaking Thirsts. These episodes (and the entire series in one file) are also available at the Prime Matters YouTube channel and on our podcast channels: Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Stitcher.

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Part 2: Fall

Part 2: Fall

Created to be in communion with God, the first parents of the human race choose separation, resulting in a moral and spiritual collapse even as human civilization expands and grows.

Part 4: Exodus

Part 4: Exodus

Freed from slavery in Egypt but not their bondage to disobedience, God leads the Israelites through 40 years of desert wandering to prepare them to enter the Promised Land.

All in Christian Mythic Narrative: The Deep History of the World