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Podcast review: “The Rest is History”

"[Dominic Sandbrook and Tom Holland] cover history as two excited historians eager to welcome others into a particular historical time or event to better understand the people, places and ideas affected — alongside what was destroyed or created."

Hosts: Dominic Sandbrook and Tom Holland
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Pastors are always on the search for good stories or bits of historical background to add depth to or punch up a Bible study or sermon. The podcast “The Rest is History” has both. Hosts Dominic Sandbrook and Tom Holland are British historians who love to dig into the stories and historical events we know to offer insights and stories to illuminate what happened and why.

They cover history as two excited historians eager to welcome others into a particular historical time or event to better understand the people, places and ideas affected — alongside what was destroyed or created.

I’d encourage all Presbyterians to give Episode 175 about crucifixion a listen. Their insights are harrowing, enlightening and profound — all of which will help preachers preach about why the crucifixion is central to our Christian faith. They aren’t people of faith, but they respect the role of faith and consistently share the value and purpose of faith in culture and history.

Episodes about the historicity of Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones and Queen Elizabeth II may appeal to some. Enjoy the seriousness the hosts take in their craft, their rapport and their accents. When you listen, you’ll laugh, smile a lot and definitely learn something.

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