The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #28: Kings

General Introduction
– Listener feedback: In which Michial takes offense at compliments
– What’s on the blog?
– A notice about next week

King David
– What picture does the Hebrew Bible give us of monarchy?
– The transition from judges to kings
– God’s rejection of Saul
– Heightism in ancient Israel
– A tale of two Lord’s anointeds
– Bad news for the bearers of bad news
– Kingly duties (haha, he said “doodies”)
– David’s mercenary army
– Zeus and the frogs

Greek Kings
– Smaller kings with less power
– Why was Agamemnon in charge, anyway?
– Does kingship follow religion?

The City That Would Have No King
– Why did the Romans hate kings?
– The real or mythical Tarquins
– Brutus plays dumb
– Night-wandering weasels
– A funny thing happened on the way to the Senate…

A New Kind of Kingship
– The King of the Jews
– On the Jewish Messiah
– Jesus thrown everything off balance
– Christ and politics: A preview of a future episode
– The new spiritual kingship
– Mark Antony and Herod the Great

Medieval Kings
– Charlemagne’s other nickname
– Packing a rod in the Germanic world
– David speaks Old English
– Ring-givers and gold friends
– The Phony King of England
– Who died and made you king?
– We skip the Renaissance

American Rejection of Monarchy
– We just hate George III
– The roots of the revolution
– The Adams/Jefferson mudslinging
– Democracy and American literature
– Ah, but we digress: Colonial myths
– Update: It was Samuel Adams, which is at least less ridiculous:

Pop Cultural Kings
– The Sultan of Swat
– Jack Kirby, the King of Comics
– King Richard


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Emerson, Ralph Waldo. Essays and Lectures. Ed. Joel Porte. New York: Library of America, 1982.

Homer. The Iliad. Trans. E.V. Rieu. New York: Penguin, 2003.

Livy, Titus. The Early History of Rome. Trans. Aubrey de Selincourt. New York: Penguin, 2002.

McCullough, David. John Adams. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2009.

Paine, Thomas. Common Sense. New York: Penguin, 1982.

Shakespeare, William. Julius Caesar. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2005.

—. The Poems. Ed. John Roe. Cambridge, England: Cambridge UP, 2006.

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