A Podcast of Biblical Proportions dives into ancient Hebrew history. Our time machine is the countless texts the ancient Hebrews wrote, including stories, historical accounts, songs, poems, prophecies, laws, rules, and regulations. Most of these texts can be found in the Hebrew Bible, aka the Old Testament or the Tanakh.
This English-speaking podcast brings a new perspective to reading the Hebrew Bible — that of the person who wrote it, immersing ourselves in his world and perspective. We started with Genesis chapter 1, and have been proceeding in the order in which the texts appear in the Bible.
Join Hebrew-speaking writer and editor Gil Kidron on a journey of biblical proportions into the lives of ordinary people living through extraordinary circumstances. The things they wrote ended up, through the quirks of history, laying the groundwork for so much of human culture.
I am Gil Kidron, a writer, editor and podcaster from Tel Aviv, Israel. I was born in Athens, Greece and grew up there, in Brussels, and in Israel — a country that sees itself as the direct descendent of the people portrayed in the Bible. I am fluent in Hebrew, English and French, and for a time I was partly fluent in Greek and Mandarin Chinese. Alas, no more.
I have a rich history of writing, editing and storytelling in both Hebrew and English. I was a journalist and editor for Walla, the biggest website in Israel, where I wrote about sports, world politics, and culture. For several years I served as a film critic for the weekend edition of the popular newspaper Ma'ariv.
In 2011, I founded an anti-fascism political activist movement that was named one of 2012’s 100 "most influential people" by the prestigious Israeli magazine The Marker. In 2013, my first (and only) novel was published, called Bad Seed (זרע הפורענות). I had an independent popular blog for dads and wrote a vegan blog for the biggest health provider in the country, Clalit. In 2014, I co-created the YouTube channel Got Academy with Itamar Harel and Omri Harel, where we compared high fantasy stories to real history. In 2018 I took over the channel and collaborated on videos with novelists, scientists, filmmakers, psycho-therapists, philosophers and more.
In 2019, I launched the podcast Pod Academy, later renamed As Depicted on Film, where I collaborate with my friend and Evolutionary Biologist Dr. Rutger Vos, plus with various people from around the world. On As Depicted on Film, we focus on a topic, be it a historical event, person or concept, and we compare three different film depictions of it. Also in 2019, I co-produced, edited, and compiled the book The Thrones Effect: How HBO's Game of Thrones Conquered Pop Culture, for which I wrote one chapter, co-wrote another an edited the rest of them.
I have a B.A. in History and Eastern Asia Studies from the University of Tel Aviv.
I launched A Podcast of Biblical Proportions in 2021 with Omri Harel, and together we collaborated on episodes 1-34. From episode 35 and onwards, the podcast has been exclusively written, edited, and produced by me.
You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
When I first had the urge to create A Podcast of Biblical Proportions, I had no idea where this journey would take me. The premise was a Bible and history podcast that would focus on the ancient stories, the biblical authors, and ancient world history.
But as work on the podcast progressed, I became increasingly intrigued by the biblical authors. I kept imagining what they were like, what motivated them, what drove them, and I found myself motivated and driven — by them.
I am neither a scholar nor a theologian. My skills are mostly writing, editing, storytelling, and history, and I speak, think, and dream in a language that is very similar to that used by biblical authors 2,500 years ago. Every episode of the podcast is the end result of my in-depth research that includes storytelling, ancient Hebrew literature, ancient world history, biblical scholarship, and a quest to discover who wrote the Bible.
Those are the tools that I take with me on this journey. I will happily be your guide, but we are on this journey together.
If you'd like to help me complete this journey, please consider joining the tribe by becoming a member of the podcast on my Patreon Page.