Something for My Students

Good luck to Mercerians and others facing final exams next week!

April 2015 Biblical Studies Carnival

Jeff Carter has the honor of providing this month’s carnival. Well done!

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!

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