In this eighteen minute video, I talk with author and pastor, Brad Gray about his new book Make Your Mark; Getting Right what Samson got Wrong.
His book takes a new look at the character of Samson from the book of Judges. Using all of the archaeological, cultural and linguistic data available to him, Gray, shows how the writers of Judges meant for us to know a Samson very different than the powerful character we known from Sunday school and popular culture.
Check out the interview then look below for how you can win a copy of the book for a friend!
Apologies for the delayed and overlapping audio. I am not trying to talk over Brad. I am, however, still learning how to do all of this well. The fault is mine, not Brad’s.
Brad is a fantastic teaching pastor at Central Wesleyan Church in Holland Michigan. He holds an M.Div. from Western Theological Seminary and studied with me at Jerusalem University College. Make Your Mark aligns so well with the mission of Biblical Remains. Not only does it focus on what the ancient context of the story can tell us about Samson, It also points us towards how we can live better today because of that knowledge.
Brad was kind enough to discuss the following five questions:
- How does the Samson the biblical writers intended us to know differ from the Samson we know from Sunday school and popular culture?
- Why is the Samson narrative so important for us today?
- What is your favorite lesson from the life of Samson?
- What insight did you gain that was only possible with the use of linguistic, cultural or archaeological data?
- For someone who is not used to studying the text in this way what tools would you suggest they use to get started?
You can get your very own copy of Make Your Mark; Getting Right What Samson Got Wrong here
If your would like to find out more about Brad Gray and his ministry you can find him at Walking the Text.com
Win a Copy for a friend
I have three copies of Make Your Mark that I am going to give away! Simply order a copy for yourself and then tell me in the comments below who you would like to give an additional copy to and (in just one sentence) why. I will pick three responses (completely subjectively) this Friday, August 22nd and contact you to get your mailing information.
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Update: The giveaway is now closed but I would still love to hear your thoughts on the Book!
Update #2: Brad is now offering a FREE downloadable study guide for the book along with steep discounts for volume orders for study groups. Additional info can be found here.