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This podcast series explores the Gospel of Matthew as literature, as a story. I make the argument that the story is one of a nonviolent revolutionary peasant leader named Jesus or Joshua (depending on whether you transliterate from the Greek or the Hebrew). The story, therefore, is sociopolitically subversive. Not only is the story subversive in its content, it is also subversive in its form. It parodies an ancient genre of literature common among the upper classes.I will make the argument t ...
 
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"HEAD FOR THE HILLS" (a post-pandemic song) VIDEO is now a full jazz band arrangement in April, 2021 of a song Loose Bruce Kerr composed in April, 2020. Who knew it would take a year before the vaccines started to help us toward an end to the pandemic? To celebrate that, here's the full arrangement and performance video. The song gives a bow to the…
 
"HEAD FOR THE HILLS" (a post-pandemic song) AUDIO is now a full jazz band arrangement in April, 2021 of a song Loose Bruce Kerr composed in April, 2020. Who knew it would take a year before the vaccines started to help us toward an end to the pandemic? To celebrate that, here's the full arrangement. The song gives a bow to the earlier pandemic in 1…
 
How do you resist oppression? Is nationalism ever right? Can a group be nationalist while at the same time collaborating with the imperial oppressor? Can a movement draw deep from it's own national heritage but still be transnational? Those are the questions that today's episode wrestles with through this second passage of Matthew 16. Support the s…
 
A get-well-soon card to us all, Loose Bruce Kerr's latest parody of the Beatles, "The Long and Winding Road." Bruce sings live over his recording of his orchestral tracks, put together in his studio, "The Garage" in northern California. Bruce had a 20 year career in entertainment, performing and writing his songs and parodies (over 100 plays on the…
 
When an oppressed people express their desires for liberation, they often do it by demonstrating zeal for their national culture and traditions. But oppressed people are often divided into factions, each accusing the other of not being sufficiently dedicated to the cause, not demonstrating sufficient zeal for the national traditions. That is what w…
 
This is a long episode, but a very important one. In this episode, I make clear something that I have been saying throughout the series, that Jesus, as portrayed in Matthew, is opposed to the power of Temples and Priests (all of them, not just in Israel). This episode contains longer musical interludes (to break it up and give listeners time to abs…
 
This episode concludes a chapter in which Jesus speaks in riddles, revealing the hidden things, the wonderful secrets of the new society. Again, nothing is as it seems. Jesus attempts a great scribal reversal, making the peasants scribes, and leaving the scribal class on the outside, lacking understanding. This reversal is rejected...but wait...not…
 
Jesus starts talking in riddles to hide the wonderful secrets of the new society from those who would destroy it, but the wise will understand. This episode and the next two regular episodes, numbers 33 and 34, explore the parables discourse of chapter 13 (which begins at the end of chapter 12). Through this discourse, Jesus trains his disciples to…
 
(Edited version) In this special episode, I interview Dr. Sebastien Doane, Professor of Biblical Studies at Laval University, in Quebec City, and author of Zombies, Unicorns, Cannibals; Strange Tales from the Bible (published by Paulist Press). We revisit episodes 1 (The Genealogy) and 4 (The Magi) of this podcast series in the light of Dr. Doane's…
 
"I AM THERE FOR YOU" is "Loose Bruce" Kerr's original song, a jazz-scat-big band sound. Bruce records his songs one instrument & vocal at a time, layering to get the final song. In this one, he sings, plays bass & piano "for real," then uses his synthesizer to compose & play each trombone, trumpet, saxophone, & set of drums, one drum or cymbal per …
 
Jesus diagnoses the problem of demon possession differently than his upper class opponents. He finds the root cause of the problem not in the demon-possessed individual but in the situation of oppression. Special Music by Murry Hammond whose music can be found here. Support the show (https://paypal.me/ParodySubversion?locale.x=en_US)…
 
Matthew has been showing how Jesus and his movement fulfill the visions of the prophets. In chapter 11, the fulfillment theme gets stated so forcefully that it becomes evident that Jesus does not merely fulfill the visions of the prophets but reinterprets them. This reinterpretation is part of a larger program of reinterpreting the world in a way t…
 
What does Jesus mean when he says that his disciples will not finish their mission of going through the towns of Israel "before the Son of Man comes"? Listen to this episode to find out. Support the show (https://paypal.me/ParodySubversion?locale.x=en_US)由Bert Newton
 
After having gathered in the lost - the tax/toll collectors and "sinners" - he suddenly gets called to a high status household, but on the way heals a marginalized woman suffering from menstrual bleeding. Chapters 8 and 9 have Jesus entering the worlds and lives of people who are very separate from each other: a leper, gentiles, women and men, soci…
 
"HOLD ME NOW" is a new song by Loose Bruce Kerr. While Bruce often does parodies, he also writes originals in various styles. This one's in the mold of old Sinatra or Andy Williams standards. Using multi-tracking (invented by his fellow townie of Waukesha, Wisconsin, Les Paul), Bruce adds horns, strings, drums, etc. by synth and plays the guitars, …
 
Who has the authority to forgive sins? Only God? Who has the authority to speak for God then? The ruling classes in antiquity used systems of temples, priests, and sacrifice to control the people. Jesus demonstrates to the people that they don't need any of that to have good standing before God and each other. Support the show (https://paypal.me/Pa…
 
In this episode, I make a mistake in the recording. See if you can catch it...you don't have to be a Bible Scholar, you just need to be paying attention. I only caught it after it was all done; there is no way to fix it, and I don't have the time or energy to go back and correct it, so let's make it a game. If you find it, let me know on the Facebo…
 
"THE WRECK OF THE GOOD BOMBA CHARGER" (Live Video, 1981) by Loose Bruce Kerr. In 1981 I was performing my regular seasonal gig on St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands at Sparky's Waterfront Saloon. A boat that moved passengers between the Caribbean islands down there was called the "Bomba Charger," held about 24 or so, pretty bare bones. But it go…
 
"HEAD FOR THE HILLS" is Loose Bruce Kerr's latest song, a post-pandemic one and an original that takes its flavor from the 1920's songs his parents taught him growing up in Wisconsin. Bruce plays the uke he learned on and inherited from his father, Ken (a Martin uke). His mother sang 20's & 30's songs while cooking and his dad played uke and whistl…
 
"HEAD FOR THE HILLS" is Loose Bruce Kerr's latest song, a post-pandemic one and an original that takes its flavor from the 1920's songs his parents taught him growing up in Wisconsin. Bruce plays the uke he learned on and inherited from his father, Ken (a Martin uke). His mother sang 20's & 30's songs while cooking and his dad played uke and whistl…
 
"GORBY" (audio mp3) is Loose Bruce Kerr's original satire/parody from 1990 on the occasion of the about-to-disintegrate Soviet Union's premier's visit to Stanford U in California's Bay Area. Bruce lived 8 mins away so it was only logical he drove there with his guitar & tape deck around his neck playing his pre-recorded background tracks, mounted C…
 
Jesus takes up John's work of leading a movement for The New Society (Kingdom of Heaven). Matthew's imagery reminds the reader of the setting of this story in the Roman Empire. Jesus liberates his disciples from bondage to the empire, setting them free to join the movement. Support the show (https://paypal.me/ParodySubversion?locale.x=en_US)…
 
In this episode, we follow Jesus through his "vision quest," as he retraces his people's journey in the wilderness through a time of testing/temptation. Jesus has to prove what sort of Messiah or "Son of God" he will be. Please leave comments at the Facebook page (click on the Facebook icon at the top) Support the show (https://paypal.me/ParodySubv…
 
Hot off the presses, for all us stay-at-homies, here's "THE 12 DAYS OF LOCKDOWN" (Audio version) to the tune of "The 12 Days of Christmas." With thanks to good friend, Ward Wildanger for suggesting the title and I get off my butt while sequestered like the rest of us, and do something with it. Enjoy! Loose Bruce Kerr is a songwriter (Dr. Demento Sh…
 
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