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Sunday School Dropouts

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Sunday School Dropouts
Sunday School Dropouts

Sunday School Dropouts

Recorded History Podcast Network

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51
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About Us

An ex-Christian (Lauren O’Neal) and a nonbelieving sort-of Jew (Niko Bakulich) read the entire Bible, cover to cover, so you don’t have to. If you’ve ever been curious about what’s actually in the bestselling book in history but never found the time to read it, we’ve got you covered. Sunday School Dropouts is kind of like Mystery Science Theater 3000 for the Bible, or like listening to a recap of your favorite show, if your favorite show was about polygamous shepherds on very strict diets. The weird, the wacky, the wonderful—we’ll clue you in on everything they didn’t teach you in Sunday school.

Latest Episodes

The Life of Flavius Josephus

Lauren and Niko discuss the siege of Jotapata, the destruction of the second temple at Jerusalem, Essene internships, and everything else in The Life of Flavius Josephus. Plus: John and Jesus! But not that John and Jesus!Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

70 MIN1 days ago
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The Life of Flavius Josephus

The Dead Sea Scrolls

Niko and Lauren discuss Bedouin goatherds, John the Baptist, a mysterious sect of Judaism called the Essenes, and everything else about the Dead Sea Scrolls. Plus: life in an ancient commune, and why archaeologists shouldn’t use Scotch tape.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

65 MINAUG 18
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The Dead Sea Scrolls

3 Baruch

Lauren and Niko discuss the phoenix, the angel Phamael, a heavenly ascent, and everything else in the apocryphal book of 3 Baruch. Plus: the thickness of doors is discussed, and what's the poop situation?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

50 MINJUL 21
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3 Baruch

Beasts of the Bible

Lauren and Niko discuss the leviathan, behemoth, ziz, and other mythological beasts of the Bible. Plus: pagan sports, and r u being served at the messianic banquet?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

57 MINJUL 7
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Beasts of the Bible

Noah

Niko and Lauren discuss gopher wood, Mesopotamian flood myths, the curse of Ham, and everything else about Noah and his ark. Plus: a giant named Og hitches a ride, and oh yeah, this is our 100th episode!Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

71 MINJUN 23
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Noah

Apocalypse of Abraham

Niko and Lauren discuss Terah's idols, Jahoel, Abraham's revelation, a possible Jesus sighting, and everything else in the apocryphal Apocalypse of Abraham. Plus: Bogomil and friends!Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

56 MINJUN 9
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Apocalypse of Abraham

Philippians: Anthology Edition

Hey! Lauren coedited an anthology called Empty the Pews: Stories of Leaving the Church! You can read an excerpt and get a preorder discount at bit.ly/EmptyThePews. To celebrate we’re rerunning our episode with her coeditor, Dr. Chris Stroop.Original show notes: Lauren and Niko welcome Dr. Chris Stroop to the show to talk about growing up Christian in Indiana, a twenty-year crisis of faith, battling demons Hulk-style, and everything else in the book of Philippians. Plus: rejoice in the Lord always, and again, I say, rejoice!Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

69 MINMAY 26
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Philippians: Anthology Edition

Archangels

Niko and Lauren discuss the archangels Michael, Gabriel, Raphael; the humans-turned-angels Metatron and Sandalphon; and a bunch of other angels who were important enough to get names. Plus: angels are weird, and angels are Ninja Turtles.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

54 MINMAY 12
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Archangels

Angels

Lauren and Niko discuss cherubim, seraphim, grotesque eye monsters, and everything else about angels. Plus: Whose angel rankings are authoritative: Maimonides, Dionysisus, or Niko?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

71 MINAPR 21
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Angels

Shekhinah

Comedian/playwright Rebecca Bulnes (@almondmilkhotel) joins Lauren and Niko to discuss Kabbalah, the sacred feminine, the bride of God, and everything else about the Shekhinah. Plus: Maya Angelou, and Niko gets locked out of the Etymology Corner!Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

75 MINAPR 7
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Shekhinah

Latest Episodes

The Life of Flavius Josephus

Lauren and Niko discuss the siege of Jotapata, the destruction of the second temple at Jerusalem, Essene internships, and everything else in The Life of Flavius Josephus. Plus: John and Jesus! But not that John and Jesus!Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

70 MIN1 days ago
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The Life of Flavius Josephus

The Dead Sea Scrolls

Niko and Lauren discuss Bedouin goatherds, John the Baptist, a mysterious sect of Judaism called the Essenes, and everything else about the Dead Sea Scrolls. Plus: life in an ancient commune, and why archaeologists shouldn’t use Scotch tape.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

65 MINAUG 18
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The Dead Sea Scrolls

3 Baruch

Lauren and Niko discuss the phoenix, the angel Phamael, a heavenly ascent, and everything else in the apocryphal book of 3 Baruch. Plus: the thickness of doors is discussed, and what's the poop situation?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

50 MINJUL 21
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3 Baruch

Beasts of the Bible

Lauren and Niko discuss the leviathan, behemoth, ziz, and other mythological beasts of the Bible. Plus: pagan sports, and r u being served at the messianic banquet?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

57 MINJUL 7
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Beasts of the Bible

Noah

Niko and Lauren discuss gopher wood, Mesopotamian flood myths, the curse of Ham, and everything else about Noah and his ark. Plus: a giant named Og hitches a ride, and oh yeah, this is our 100th episode!Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

71 MINJUN 23
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Noah

Apocalypse of Abraham

Niko and Lauren discuss Terah's idols, Jahoel, Abraham's revelation, a possible Jesus sighting, and everything else in the apocryphal Apocalypse of Abraham. Plus: Bogomil and friends!Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

56 MINJUN 9
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Apocalypse of Abraham

Philippians: Anthology Edition

Hey! Lauren coedited an anthology called Empty the Pews: Stories of Leaving the Church! You can read an excerpt and get a preorder discount at bit.ly/EmptyThePews. To celebrate we’re rerunning our episode with her coeditor, Dr. Chris Stroop.Original show notes: Lauren and Niko welcome Dr. Chris Stroop to the show to talk about growing up Christian in Indiana, a twenty-year crisis of faith, battling demons Hulk-style, and everything else in the book of Philippians. Plus: rejoice in the Lord always, and again, I say, rejoice!Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

69 MINMAY 26
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Philippians: Anthology Edition

Archangels

Niko and Lauren discuss the archangels Michael, Gabriel, Raphael; the humans-turned-angels Metatron and Sandalphon; and a bunch of other angels who were important enough to get names. Plus: angels are weird, and angels are Ninja Turtles.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

54 MINMAY 12
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Archangels

Angels

Lauren and Niko discuss cherubim, seraphim, grotesque eye monsters, and everything else about angels. Plus: Whose angel rankings are authoritative: Maimonides, Dionysisus, or Niko?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

71 MINAPR 21
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Angels

Shekhinah

Comedian/playwright Rebecca Bulnes (@almondmilkhotel) joins Lauren and Niko to discuss Kabbalah, the sacred feminine, the bride of God, and everything else about the Shekhinah. Plus: Maya Angelou, and Niko gets locked out of the Etymology Corner!Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

75 MINAPR 7
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Shekhinah