Author Archives: Greg

The Bible and Abortion, Part 2

At Salon, a post about abortion and the Bible gets a lot—although not everything—right: Given the amount of effort and political capital the religious right puts into trying to restrict abortion, you’d guess that opposition to women’s choice must take … Continue reading

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The Death of Joshua and the Need for a “Judge” (Judg. 2)

If the Book of Judges is an accurate guide, the ancient Israelites can perhaps best be compared to a herd of sheep: without a shepherd, without a strong guide, they flounder and, inevitably it seems, end up breaking covenants and worshipping … Continue reading

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Texas Schools Subverting Unbiased Biblical Education

From The Washington Post, a guest column by Charles C. Haynes examines how Texas schools may be subverting what is supposed to be unbiased comparative religious education: Conducted by religious studies professor Mark Chancey of Southern Methodist University, the study examines … Continue reading

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Who Were the Judges? (Judg. 1-8)

The Book of Judges, I recently posted, is not in fact about judges. While the name stems from a translation issue—the ever-shifting meaning of language—regardless of what we call them, the judges in the Book of Judges will, to paraphrase … Continue reading

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The Book of Judges is Not About Judges (Judg. 1)

The Book of Judges, the next book in the Old Testament that we will examine, has nothing to do with judges—unlike some of the other books we have looked at before, which seem to describe, broadly, their contents (Genesis and … Continue reading

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Another Suzerein Treaty (Josh. 24)

After more than a few boring verses, the Book of Joshua returns to interesting territory (so this blogger thinks) in chapter 23. There, Joshua, who is by now nearing the end of his life, exhorts the Israelites, and presses them, … Continue reading

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