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Episode 23: David Ramos on Finding Hope and Truth in the Old Testament

David Ramos is the author of of four books, with one more coming out next week. He’s passionate about the stories of the Old Testament, and bringing them to life for the modern reader.ย This week’s episode holds a special place in my heart. David originally contacted me about reviewing his book, and I wrote him back and asked if he might like “to nerd out over the Old Testament on my podcast?” And, he accepted.

We talk about the Old Testament, our favorite books and stories, and how these tales are still so very relevant and meaningful in today’s world. I think you’ll love how we weave in references to Marvel comics, zombies, and race cars as we talk about the truths and the hope that is carried in this ancient book. We laugh a lot, we both jam on what we love most about studying “the OT (Old Testament)” and I am sure you will be entertained and learn a thing or two in this interview.

An interview with David Ramos on Jump Start Your Joy about the Old Testament

In this episode, David and I talk about:
– his early passion for cars and engineering
– how one college professor changed the trajectory of David’s education and career path
– why we both love the Old Testament
– how someone who may think of the OT as dry or boring might approach the book in new ways
– what zombie and apocalypse stories have in common with the Old Testament (and, what they don’t)
– stories of the fantastic Super hero stories and how they relate to the heroes in the OT
– how the stories in the OT are ones that hold meaning, truths, and hope for people today
– what the story of Job means to David, and why it’s placement in the larger OT is important
– how we can relate to the God of the Old Testament, who often is seen as an angry, grumpy leader (and how God is really not that way in the OT)
– how the relationship with God and God’s people changes through the Old Testament and into the New Testament (it’s an evolving relationship).
– the confusing story of Dinah and what it might mean (we both have a point of view on this)
– a great place to start in the Old Testament if you’re wanting to get to know it better
– how to bring your dreams to life
– my favorite line in the Bible (which may surprise listeners)
– David’s take on how to jump start your joy


David Ramos’ Website
Enter to possibly win a copy of his book, Climbing with Abraham (and you’ll get a free download of Dreaming with Joseph)
Climbing with Abraham by David Ramos
The God with a Plan by David Ramos
Escaping with Jacob by David Ramos
Twentyfive: Treasures from an Unusual Millennial Life by David Ramos
The Shadow of Gethsemane: An Easter Poem by David Ramos
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
Read Abraham: Genesis 12-38
Read the story of Dinah in Genesis
The Book of Ruth
The Book of Job

An interview with David Ramos on Jump Start Your Joy about the Old Testament

How and where have you found hope and truth in your life?

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  • David Ramos
    February 9, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    Thank you again for letting me be a part of this!

    • Paula
      February 10, 2016 at 7:17 am

      Of course!! I’m SO glad we connected – best wishes with your book launch ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Agnes Dela Cruz
    February 10, 2016 at 8:35 am

    Lately, my daughter asked me something about the Bible and I got confused on what to tell her. I need to catch up again soon.

    • David Ramos
      February 16, 2016 at 1:13 pm

      I’d be happy to answer any questions your daughter might have! You can use the Contact page on my website.

  • Terri Ramsey Beavers
    February 10, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    I will check out David Ramos. I love learning things from the bible that I can’t understand on my own.

  • Heather
    February 10, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    I. Glad he touches on the way God seems to be viewed in the Old Testament, I’ve often gotten the impression that God changes from the OT to the NT and I figure it had to be the way it’s been written.

    • David Ramos
      February 16, 2016 at 1:14 pm

      Yes, that’s a common misconception. It’s hard to really uncover why we see it like that, but with some due diligence I hope to help change Christians minds! Thanks for listening.

  • Ana De Jesus
    February 10, 2016 at 11:15 pm

    Best of luck on your book launch hope it goes well!

    • David Ramos
      February 16, 2016 at 1:15 pm

      Thank you very much!

  • Elizabeth O.
    February 11, 2016 at 1:03 am

    That’s really very interesting. It would be nice to learn more about the old testament.

    • David Ramos
      February 16, 2016 at 1:15 pm

      It’s never to late to start ๐Ÿ˜‰ It’s launch day for the Enduring with Job book, that’s a good place to start!

  • laci
    February 11, 2016 at 3:14 am

    This is awesome i had no idea about these books ! Laci

    • David Ramos
      February 16, 2016 at 1:16 pm

      Thank you so much!

  • Amber
    February 11, 2016 at 3:27 am

    What a great podcast. Thank you for sharing

  • Healing Tomato
    February 11, 2016 at 4:41 am

    The Old Testament sounds very inspirational.

  • Edwin Lao
    February 11, 2016 at 5:44 am

    I use to read old testament books in my high school days. Now I wonder if I could still get one here in my area. Or does this book still exist.

  • april grant
    February 11, 2016 at 6:09 am

    Sounds an interesting books for me. I would love to read this

  • rika
    February 11, 2016 at 7:47 am

    Great podcast. I’ve never heard of him before, thanks for sharing

  • nicole escat
    February 11, 2016 at 9:07 am

    This is very inspiring book.

    • David Ramos
      February 16, 2016 at 1:16 pm

      I really appreciate that, thank you!

  • Mardene Carr
    February 11, 2016 at 9:49 am

    The Old Testament….there are so many nuggets in that much ignored part of the bible.

    • Paula
      February 12, 2016 at 8:04 am

      I agree Mardene ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for stopping by!

  • Lexie Lane
    February 11, 2016 at 11:10 am

    That’s really interesting and inspirational. Good to read it.

  • Tamason Gamble
    February 11, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    I am always interested in other peoples view on the Old Testament. Having done a theology degree there are so many thoughts out there it always sparks a good discussion.

    • David Ramos
      February 16, 2016 at 1:17 pm

      Awesome, where did you do your theology degree?

  • michelle
    February 11, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    I find myself more drawn to the new testament though I do love Psalms and Proverbs. So glad to see people of God connecting.

  • Amy Jones
    February 11, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    Great post! It’s always good to hear another’s person interpretation of the bible beacause it makes you question your views on the subject and the many meanings it might have then you can create a more solid argument and a maybe a stronger belief

  • Colette S
    February 11, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    I’m always ready to learn something new about the bible.
    We are studying Job right now and I need to catch up.
    This is definitely interesting and I’m glad it’s being shared.

    • Paula
      February 12, 2016 at 8:03 am

      Good luck with Job! It’s a great book. I’m glad you enjoyed the interview, Colette!

  • Rosey
    February 12, 2016 at 12:19 am

    I think the Old Testament is relevant today. The Bible often hits home for me when I’m reading.

  • Dogvills
    February 12, 2016 at 2:03 am

    This is interesting. It would be nice to learn more about the Old Testament.

  • Jenn Peters
    February 12, 2016 at 4:00 am

    Sounds like a good listen. I think the OT gets overlooked a lot.

  • Yonca
    February 12, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    Sounds inteesting.That’s why I love blogging and blogs. It is important to learn something new every day.

  • penelope
    February 14, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    God is great for giving us hope!