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What Is a Biblical Motif? The Levites as a Case Study

Motifs surrounding Levites and cultic servants influence readers’ understanding of their significance and relationship.

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¿Eran serviles las mujeres del Israel Antiguo? La Biblia y la Arqueología

Traducido por Esgrid Sikahall Por muchos años enseñé un curso de pregrado sobre mujeres israelitas en el mundo bíblico. En…

Part of the A Gender Study: The Real Lives of Women and Men in the Bible series

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The Roots of Violence: Male Violence against Women in Genesis

Male violence against women in Genesis belongs within the broader narrative portrait of humanity’s violence and rebellion against God.

Part of the A Gender Study: The Real Lives of Women and Men in the Bible series

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A Wrinkle in Time? Mental Time Travel and Memory in the Bible

How will the people remain faithful to the covenant without Moses? For Deuteronomy, the answer is memory.

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Achilles’ Heel and Jacob the Heel-Grabber: Wrestling with Weakness, Fate, and the Mysterious Divine

Achilles’ heel and Jacob’s heel are both points of weakness, but while Achilles’ weakness gets him killed, Jacob’s weakness saves him.

A Gender Study: The Real Lives of Women and Men in the Bible

What, if anything, does the Bible actually say or imply about gender relations given the material world of Scripture? This series…

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Were Ancient Israelite Women Subservient? The Bible and Archaeology

Despite a common assumption, Israelite women were not dominated by men throughout ancient Israelite society.

Part of the A Gender Study: The Real Lives of Women and Men in the Bible series

The Biblical Mind: Elevating Biblical Thinking

The Biblical Mind is a magazine meant to investigate and re-orient readers to the thinking of the biblical authors apparent in their texts.

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The Rational Poet:
 Appealing to the Heart and the Mind in the Book of Judges

The Song of Deborah in the book of Judges demonstrates that Hebrew poetry is an appeal to reason just as much as it is an appeal to emotion.

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Is Aristotle’s Ethics Hebraic? A Comparison of Greek and Hebrew Ethics

Though most of the “virtues” in the Bible would have found little welcome in Aristotle’s world of Athens, some of the Bible—its Hebraic tradition especially—contains moral concepts that, in form, can be considered Aristotelian.