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Corinth, Women, and Rhetoric

Might some of the confusion over the role of women in 1 Corinthians stem from a failure to identify when Paul is actually quoting someone else’s opinion? My CHR 150 class addressed some of this last week when we discussed Paul’s teachings about spiritual gifts in 1 Corinthians 12–14. Scot McKnight goes even deeper as he describes some of Lucy Peppiatt’s conclusions in her new book, Women and Worship at Corinth. Interesting!

Happy Passover!

Here’s your Rube Goldberg retelling of the Exodus:

(H/T: io9.com)

March 2015 Biblical Studies Carnival

Jacob J. Prahlow has the honor of hosting this month’s Biblical Studies Carnival. It is now posted at his blog, Pursuing Veritas.

Hoffman on Leviticus: Why We Study Sacrifices

Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman offers a very helpful reflection on Leviticus and its place in contemporary Judaism:

Moses’ opening instruction provides a broader picture: “When you offer a sacrifice from yourselves to God….” The peculiar placement of mikem (“from yourselves”) implies more than the rote offering of animals. Sacrifice can be anything, as long as you really own it, says Ibn Ezra; better still, it must be something “from within yourself.”

The point is this: we study the sacrifices not because we expect to offer up animals again, but because sacrifice is only tangentially about animals in the first place. On a deeper level, it is about the human passion to give up even what we hold dearest, if our doing so will further life’s larger purposes. It is about self-sacrifice or it is about nothing.

February 2015 Biblical Studies Carnival

…is now posted at Jennifer Guo’s blog, Two Ways to Live. Go see! Go see!

Keep Christianity Weird

Patrick Mitchell lays out a case for why we need a “weird” Christianity to protect it from any form of cultural captivity.

It’s no coincidence that both Barth and Schweitzer spent much time considering Jesus. The Jesus of the Gospels just isn’t dull, predictable, undemanding, easily accommodated into our lives and having little to say about the broken world in which we live.

Once we lose touch with the weirdness of Christian faith, it is inevitable that we end up with a form of Christianity that is virtually indistinguishable from the wider culture.

So what are some signs that we have lost touch with the strange Otherness of Christianity?

Here are some suggestions in no particular order – feel welcome to add your own:

Perhaps something for my Sunday school class to ponder as we continue to study the Sermon on the Mount. Definitely something I hope my CHR 150 students wrestle with throughout the semester.

January 2015 Biblical Studies Carnival

First-time Carnival host Vincent Artale has posted the latest collection of biblical-scholarly goodness for your reading pleasure. Well done, sir!

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