Monthly Archives: March 2011

Concluding Women’s History Month

Today is the last day of Women’s History Month, and I found two good passages by Shmuel Safrai in The Literature of the Sages, Part I. Here is the first one, which is on page 54: “[A] detail of great … Continue reading

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Thompson on the Nuzi Texts and Genesis 15

In my write-up today of Thomas Thompson’s Historicity of the Patriarchal Narratives, I will talk some about Thompson’s treatment of the Nuzi texts.  The Nuzi texts are from Mesopotamia, and they contain information about “administrative, social, economic, and legal structures … Continue reading

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Thompson on the Execration Texts

I’m continuing my way through Thomas Thompson’s Historicity of the Patriarchal Narratives. On page 113, Thompson states: “When all the above material is taken into consideration, the earliest conceivable date for any of the Execration Texts seems to be about … Continue reading

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The Feminist Shammaites?

I’ve been reading Shmuel Safrai’s article on “Halakha” in Literature of the Sages: Part One.  I’ll be blogging about parts of this book for the last two days of Women’s History Month.  My discussion today draws from pages 193-194. In … Continue reading

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Entering the Male Rat-Race

On pages 265-266 of Gaia and God, Rosemary Ruether states the following: “The ‘liberation of women’ cannot be seen simply as the incorporation of women into alienated male styles of life, although with far fewer benefits, for this simply adds … Continue reading

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Thompson on Patriarchal Names and Alleged Migrations

I started Thomas Thompson’s The Historicity of the Patriarchal Narratives.  In this 1974 work, Thompson argues against the scholarly view that the patriarchal narratives are historically-accurate, or at least have an “essential historicity,” which means that there is a historical … Continue reading

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Ruether on War

For my write-up today of Rosemary Ruether’s Gaia and God, I will feature two statements she makes about the first Iraq War.  (Remember that this book was published in 1992.) On pages 267-268, Ruether states: “The United States oligarchies particularly … Continue reading

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Thompson’s Three Categories of Biblical Tradition

I finished Thomas Thompson’s Mythic Past.  In this post, I’ll be looking at points that Thompson makes on pages 295-301, which was from my reading for yesterday, and I’ll be tying them to points that I read in Thompson’s book … Continue reading

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A God to Love and Trust

At church this morning, we had a different preacher, since the lay pastor is on vacation.  The preacher today is the pastor emeritus. The preacher that we had today appears to be more of a Calvinist.  He didn’t mention predestination, … Continue reading

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Normative?

For today’s write-up on Rosemary Ruether’s Gaia and God, I’ll feature a couple of items from the endnotes. The first item is from page 276 and concerns fundamentalist claims that the Bible is inerrant: “Although Christians received the whole canon … Continue reading

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