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Instead of Fearing Loss of Political Power, Christians Should Consider the Daniel Option

Evangelicals clinging to political power—even if from good motivations—should consider the stories of Joseph and Daniel.

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How a Literary Bible Translation Transformed My View of Scripture

As a composer of sacred music, I rely on the biblical text just as deeply as a scholar or a…

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The Reality of Gender in the Ancient Israelite Household

The cultural and social context of ancient Israelite households matters for today, and for our understanding of gender in the Bible.

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

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The Agency of Women in Ancient Rome

Women in ancient Rome who upheld modesty, chastity, and loyalty to family and Rome demonstrated their agency, despite cultural hierarchy.

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

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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 Un estudio de género: la vida real de mujeres y hombres en la Biblia 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.

Ancient statue of a woman baking bread

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