Episode 56: A Contemplative Approach to the Old Testament

Latter-day Contemplation
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Episode 56: A Contemplative Approach to the Old Testament
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In this episode, after Christopher read a couple of dozen books on the Bible in a couple of weeks and recorded a three-hour introduction to the Old Testament on our sister podcast, LDPS Presents: Come, Follow Me with his co-host Ben Petersen, Christopher and Riley sat down to record this briefer conversation on the Old Testament. After touching on the complexities of authorship, canonization, translation, hermeneutics, exegesis, etcetera, Riley and Christopher set all of those complexities aside, take a deep breath, and go into contemplative reading of the Old Testament (or any other sacred text) through the Christian contemplative practice of Lectio Divina (Lat. “Divine Reading”) a traditional Christian monastic practice of scripture reading, meditation, and prayer, bringing peace—even just talking about it the practice of Lectio Divina after talking about the complexities of other approaches to reading scripture brought a palpable peace to Christopher and Riley you can sense in listening to the episode—a peace found in communion with the Divine through the Divine Reading (Lectio Divina) of divinely inspired writings.

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Shiloh lives in Bakersfield, CA, with his wife and four children. He spent his formative years growing up in Memphis, TN, and graduated from Brigham Young University with dual degrees in philosophy and geography. Shiloh is currently a graduate student at Claremont Graduate University pursuing a PhD in religion (focusing on Mormon Studies). He is the founder of Latter-day Peace Studies and co-produces LDPS Come, Follow Me's weekly podcast.