2.6: Baby eating in the Bible?

In episode 6 of season 2, Prof. Kathryn Schifferdecker and Katie Langston talk with Prof. Richard Nysse about the question, Why is there baby eating in the Bible?


This wide-ranging episode moves beyond the passage in 2 Kings 6:24-33 to explore bigger questions such as, Why does God allow terrible things to happen in the world? What is God doing about evil in the world?

Biblical books and passages mentioned

  • Genesis 6-9
  • Psalm 80:3
  • 2 Kings 6
  • Lamentations
  • John 1:2
  • John 1:14

Topics and themes mentioned

  • Cannibalism
  • Siege of Jerusalem in 587 BCE
  • Punishment
  • Orphans
  • Evil and suffering

Biblical and theological concepts mentioned

  • Flood Stories in Genesis
  • Daughter Zion
  • Divine Abandonment
  • Divine Vindication
  • Prayer of Lament
  • Violence in the Old Testament
  • Sacrament

Songs mentioned

  • Time in Babylon by Emmylou Harris
  • Anthem by Leonard Cohen

Today's Episode Hosted By

Kathryn Schifferdecker

Kathryn Schifferdecker

Katie Langston

Katie Langston

Joined by

Richard Nysse

Richard Nysse