Ancestry and prostitution

I was asked an interesting question: How did Jewish people feel about having Rahab (the foreign prostitute) in their family tree? My suspicion is that the question itself presupposes bourgeois attitudes. Members of the underclasses surely have a better understanding of the economic and social pressures that cause women to become prostitutes. One should not […]

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Turning libraries outside in :)

Today was Carey Principal’s Day (sort of a staff retreat under another name) two experiences have me thinking about how our changing communications technologies are changing libraries. The first was driving up for the day. Our “farm” is three hours away, so on the journey I listened to some great radio, from the BBC and […]

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Your God is too small: a response to William Birch

William Birch has an interesting post mulling the gender (or not) of God. It’s titled: “God and gender: what if God had¬†breasts?” echoing a chapter by Karen Jo Torjesen.1 At the heart of William’s post he makes three claims about the consequences if we (in his language) “attempt to remove male gender with reference to […]

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Using Bible stories to encourage people to be nice/wicked

There’s quite a bit of talk at the moment in the world I inhabit about two related issues: Neo-Atheists attack Scripture claiming it advocates genocide, portrays God as a monster etc., for the sake of simplicity I’ll focus on one issue, the claim that God commands genocide.¬† I’m supervising a Master’s thesis on a topic […]

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