Joshua Bowen PhD graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2017 with a Ph.D. in Assyriology and a minor in Hebrew Bible, and specializes in the Sumerian, Akkadian, and Hebrew languages. In this interview, he educates us about the ancient texts that pre-date the Hebrew bible and provided the myths and stories upon which biblical narratives were built. We talk specifically about the Exodus story, and the methods used by scholars to determine what is historically accurate and what is not. For anybody interested in religious history, or even in religious devotion, this conversation can help you separate the myth from the meaning.
As well as his Ph.D., Josh holds a B.S. in Religion from Liberty University, a Th.M. in the Old Testament from Capital Bible Seminary, and a M.A. in Near Eastern Studies from the Johns Hopkins University. He has published four books, including the best-selling The Atheist Handbook to the Old Testament, Volume I, Did the Old Testament Endorse Slavery?, Learning to Pray in a Dead Language, and Learn to Read Ancient Sumerian: An Introduction for Complete Beginners (co-authored with his wife, Megan Lewis). He also has two books forthcoming (2022): The Atheist Handbook to the Old Testament, Volume II, and Learn to Read Ancient Sumerian, Volume II.
. Check out Joshua's YouTube channel HERE
. Read Joshua's book, THE ATHEIST HANDBOOK TO THE OLD TESTAMENT
(or listen to the audio book).