Category Archives: Theology

Henze-push back and challenges

This post will conclude my reading of Matthias Henze’s Mind the Gap: How Jewish Writings between the Old and New Testaments Help Us Understand Jesus.   One way Henze summarizes his argument is with this acknowledgement …our reading of the … Continue reading

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Terrien, Trible and myself on gender

After reading Samuel Terrien’s Till the Heart Sings, I revisited Phyllis Trible’s preface. She confirmed my thought that Terrien has a parallel interpretation of the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament.  She says both follow a pattern.  1)  There is … Continue reading

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Terrien-reformed sexuality

In regard to sexuality there are a lot of options today: binary, non-binary, androgynous, or the endless multiplication of genders.  That Samuel Terrien subtiltles Till the Heart Sings “a biblical theology of manhood and womanhood” means that he is talking … Continue reading

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Terrien-new read for Ash-Valentine’s Day

Joy seems to get chilled out of life by the divisions between people today.  On social media I notice that people obsess about politics and have a hard time remaining “friends” with people on the other side. I miss the kind … Continue reading

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Greenblatt on Augustine

I have wondered if the puritanism that seems to be behind  the cultural, Christian right is necessary.  The Christian right is on to something, I think, in its opposition to abortion on demand and its  suspicion of the isolation of … Continue reading

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Wright-the David story as a parable of power

I am interested in the historical happenings behind events recounted in the Bible.  So what I have read about David has often been speculation about the events of his rise and rule. I say “speculation” because, apart from the biblical … Continue reading

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Levenson, Barclay-wrap up

I want to bring Jon Levenson’s The Love of God and John Barclay’s Paul and the Gift into some kind of relation. Although both books talk about the love of God, they are different, not just because one is by … Continue reading

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