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Tuesday, February 17th, 2009
6:26 pm - University of Chicago Divinity School - Call for Papers

From: Ministry Conference <ministryconference@gmail.com>

Announcing the 5th Annual University of Chicago Divinity School Ministry Conference

Call for Graduate Student Papers

"From the Ends of the Earth: Christianity and the 21st Century"

Conference Date: May 1 & 2
Conference Place: University of Chicago Divinity School
Keynote Speakers: Kwok Pui Lan, William F. Cole Professor of Christian Theology and Spirituality at Episcopal Divinity School
William Dyrness, professor of theology and culture at Fuller Theological Seminary
Betta Mengistu, President of International Bible Society Africa for 25yrs

This conference will feature an all-student panel on Saturday. Student presentations will be fifteen minutes each, and Q & A will follow the presentations. This is an exciting opportunity for graduate students to reflect on ministry in an academic/seminary setting and to interact with recognized scholars and church leaders on issues of Christianity, globalization, localization, contextualization and ministry.

We are interested in papers in the following four areas:
1. The Bible and Spirit in 21st Century Christianity
2. How Christianity affects and is affected by globalizing political and economic forces
3. "Authentic," "original," "local" or "indigenous" Christian expression and theology
4. How do/ought forms of Christian belief and practice around the world influence and affect one another? How is local belief and practice in the U.S. affected by other Christian belief and practice around the world? How should it be?

Abstract and CV due: March 1
Paper due for distribution: April 20

Please email CVs and a 300 word abstract of your paper to ministryconference@gmail.com. (Some bibliographic info would be helpful but is not required.)

Conference Description:
Christianity is no longer a religion dominated by the West. It is estimated that by 2050, at least four-fifths of the world's then three billion Christians will be of non-European descent. The implications of such statistics call for focused attention in the 21st century. With this conference we hope to address issues that arise from contemporary transformations in Christianity. How is the co-incidence of the post-colony with the failures of nationalism influencing new forms of Christian leadership? How, in turn, do developing practices of Christian organization demand and resist new approaches to cooperation and unity? Finally, how do these things influence and even produce new self-understandings for Christians in America?

While building on important efforts of social scientists and missiologists, the 5th Annual Ministry Conference of the University of Chicago Divinity School will approach these topics with specifically ministerial and ecclesiological lenses. This conference seeks (1) to help deepen understanding of certain realities and potential futures of being Christian around the world for ministers, students and lay-persons as well as professional academics and (2) to equip the same with resources for engaging the issues of the conference further.

Featuring speakers from a broad ideological and geographical spectrum, please join us for this engaging and provocative two-day event!

University of Chicago Divinity School
Ministry Conference Team

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Saturday, June 17th, 2006
10:56 pm - Sorry I'm not sure if this is slightly unrelated


Hello, I hope this doesn't offend anyone because I do have a question relating to the Old Testament.

Anyway, I was wondering if it is against the religion for a woman to have anal sex? I have been reading though Leviticus, 21:1, and reading the "Punishments for Sin" chapter. It delves in many sexual acts, like a man having sex with another man, and incest, and of course bestiality, but there is nothing that I have seen that deals specifically with this. I was wondering if anyone knows anything of the matter?

(( sorry for cross posting ))

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Thursday, December 29th, 2005
1:48 pm - Women and pollution in the Bible

I'm currently attempting to read through the Bible, something I've been meaning to do for years. I do a half-hour stint every morning while perched in front of my lightbox, using my lovely New Oxford Annotated Bible which people here recommended. (For certain values of "every".) At the moment I'm half-way through Deuteronomy, and something has just struck me.

There's a passage in Deuteronomy 22 when penalties for rape and illicit sex are imposed. If a man marries a woman and goes off her when he sleeps with her, all is dependent on whether or not there's a stain on the sheet to prove her virginity (a myth for which there is no medical evidence, as the NOAB tartly points out). If there is, he gets a fine and a bad reputation, but has to stay married to her; if there isn't, she gets stoned. If a couple are caught in adultery, both get stoned. If a man rapes an engaged woman in the town, they both get stoned (she because she didn't scream for help, "and the man because he violated another man's wife. You must purge the evil from among you"); if it's in the country (i.e. no one could hear her scream) then only he dies. If a man rapes an unengaged woman, he must marry her and pay her father a fine. Many of these end with "you must purge the evil from among you", or however it's translated (NIV was the best I could find online at my usual site). From Deuteronomy 20, if a man fancies a captive woman, he must give her a month to mourn her parents then marry her, he can't enslave her.

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Monday, July 11th, 2005
3:39 pm - Mann
anonymid I posted a question about this in here a while back, and it looks like Everyman's Library has answered my question: Thomas Mann's Joseph and His Brothers is back in print. Not like I'll be able to get around to reading it anytime even remotely soon, but it's good to know.

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Monday, May 30th, 2005
12:39 am - A Charismatic and Stylistic Tanakh Translation?
god_of_atheism Perhaps this may not be the most appropriote place to ask this, since this is community revolves around a more secular interpretation of the Tanakh (which I prefer anyways), but I'm looking for a translation of the Tanakh based on the Jewish interpretation that also features a strong sense of charisma and style, which the common Jewish Tanakh-- the one published by the Jewish Publication Society-- lacks entirely. As well, the JPS version is either slightly biased (or I am just entirely ignorant of the Jewish concept of god) in that it, for instance, translates "Kanna" in Exodus 34:14 (several other times where this is mentioned) as "impassioned' rather than envious (Septuagint), jealous (KJV and some Targumim) or zealous (few other translations of the Targumim); or in 1Samuel 25:22, they render "they that pisseth against the wall" (KJV) directly as "a single male [of Nabal's house]", intentionally omitting the humourious dysphemisms and vital metaphors. I've been told just to read the KJV for style, but I'm hardly satisfied with that since the version is inconsistent with the Jewish tradition (the rendering of "Shatan" as a deification of evil; or Shoel being rendered as "hell" in the Christian sense; or direct references to Yeshu in the books of Nevi'im/Prophets and the Psalms, etc.) Any suggestions? Or maybe there is a translation of Martin Buber's German translation of the Tanakh available somewhere? Or am I doomed to continue reading this JPS version?

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Friday, May 20th, 2005
11:58 am - .my.prelapsarian.dream...

Good morning, darlings.

I'm currently an undergraduate of English and Religion. Because I'm a double major, I'm looking for a graduate program that would combine religion and literature. I've already looked into Harvard's Divinity school... (wishful thinking, but I might as well just see what's out there.)

Anyway, does anyone know of any graduate programs, not necessarily Ivy, that have a combined focus such as I've mentioned above. Mostly, I'm fascinated by the religious influence (Biblical/social) that inspire various authors and their writing. For example, I adore the romantics, and their influence most obvious - Greek Mythology, the Bible, and Milton (whose own influence comes from biblical scripture)..to name a few. Thank you for your time. :)

I've avoided detail, because I have another year of undergrad, and I'm still trying to figure out specifics.

current mood: quixotic

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Sunday, May 1st, 2005
9:53 pm - Translation recommendations

I'm a Liberal Jewish student of English Literature, and I've decided the time has finally come for me to get a decent translation of the Bible - and the entire Bible, please, Apocrypha and all. At the moment I'm using the KJV, which has its merits and is useful if you look at the literary canon, but accuracy is not its strong point. What would you recommend as a good, literal translation that doesn't have a Christian axe to grind? I'm currently eyeing the New Oxford Annotated Bible with the Apocrypha.

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Tuesday, December 7th, 2004
3:38 am - Companion book recommendations?

I'm planning to start reading the Bible once I'm finished with this semester. Can anyone recommend companion readers that are objective and free of any religious agenda?

Searching Amazon, I found The Bible as Literature: An Introduction by Gabel, Wheeler, and York. The reviewers claim it is excellent and unbiased. Unless someone can point me to another book, I think I'll be ordering this one.

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Tuesday, September 21st, 2004
1:15 pm - canlit

I have started a community about Canadian literature. I'm hoping to talk about Canadian books, including Northrop Frye who was among the first to look at the Bible as literature. I'm also interested in what's happening in the various literary scenes across Canada.

I'm hoping that the topic is broad enough to make it a really active community.

If you like Canadian Literature at all and/or like literature and are Canadian, you may want to join.

Come and check us out!

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Wednesday, July 28th, 2004
6:45 pm

i'm looking for links to sites about the roots of the bible in western literature, essays and such. i was assigned parts of the bible for background study before ap highschool literature, and it was suggested we check out a book about the bible for students of literature, and a few were even listed on the assignment, but i found none at my local library.


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Friday, July 23rd, 2004
7:39 pm - Just joined

I was wondering if anyone had read The Devil's Apocrypha: There Are Two Sides To Every Story by John A DeVito. Of course, I found this community by looking up to see who had "The Apocrypha" in their insterest list.

Has anyone read it, and if so, what are your opinions/thoughts on it?

current mood: complacent

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Tuesday, June 29th, 2004
6:44 pm - Paul's Letters / Pseudo Paul

I haven't had time to read through this entire community, so if this topic has already been discussed, I apologize, though fill me in commentary is welcome.


Alright. I'm a religious studies major and I've recently taken a class- Gender in Early Christianity. It was quite the intrigue. It wet my palatte. I had a debate with a fellow student one day during a Mock Trial meeting. He's originally from GA and very very religious. In his words, "Whatever is written in the Bible I believe as true.."

Now, he is a very intelligent individual, so I'm not looking for comments about the absurdity of his statement, or how valid of a point he made. I'm just giving you an idea of the type of gentleman I was dealing with. Now, I tilted my head at him and asked quite frankly, "Well, continuing with that statement, how do you feel about the assertion that Timothy, in Paul's Letters, is said to be a suppliment to the Bible, and not actually written by Paul, but a later addition." He, looking directly at me and not blinking, replied, "Paul wrote that letter. All the letters attributed to him are from his hand." Shaking my head, I went on, "But have you read all his letters?" And the boy nodded confidently, so I added, "And you didn't notice the difference in style, or tone, or issues addressed? In Timothy, there is a lot of emphasis on women's place in the church- how they should remain silent, and not teach/preach, while Paul's other letters speak highly of women and even claim some taking an active part in the minisitries. Hell, he praises the effort of women, yet in Timothy, they're to be 'seen and not heard. Don't you find that unsettling? Wouldn't you agree that perhaps somewhere down the line, religious authority saw it fit to have scripture that made sure women did not get too bold? That they knew their place, despite Early Christian efforts to share the ministry with women and men alike?'" He shook his head and repeated, "Whatever is in the Bible is true, and not added merely for convenience."

Any thoughts on this, ladies and gentleman? I still hold strongly to the idea that some scripture within the Bible may not be in the hand of the originally thought author.

current mood: annoyed

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Sunday, June 13th, 2004
12:25 pm - warning!!! (thanks to swisscelt)

all lj friends:

do not take part in the "grow your sausage" survey; it seems to be some kind of virus/troll looking for passwords and cookies info.

in the same vein, do not click on the "this is very interesting" line in anyones journal.

if you have already done this, i suggest you change your passwords.

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Wednesday, May 19th, 2004
3:52 pm - "Bible Proofreaders Sweat the Small Stuff"


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2:33 pm - weird...

There doesn't seem to be in existence an available, in-print edition of Thomas Mann's Joseph and His Brothers.

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Thursday, April 15th, 2004
2:17 am - "Skeptic's Annotated Bible"


This online annotated Bible certainly fills a void, and if nothing else, it's interesting. Worth perusing, whether or not you agree with its viewpoint.

I found the following annotation to a passage from John under the list of "Insults to Women":

Jesus speaks rudely to his mother, saying: "Woman, what have I to do with thee?" 2:4

Now, my New Oxford Annotated Bible (a secular, non-dogmatic Bible, mind you), in its annotation of that passage, tells me that "Woman" is, here, "a term of respect and affection,"; i.e., that manner of address, in that context, is not insulting (as it would be in our own time and place). (If I recall, elsewhere Jesus uses "Man" as a similar form of address.)

This doesn't mean that this project is necessarily totally bogus, nor does it mean that the Bible contains no passages that women (or anyone) would be right to find insulting; it's just that Jesus's use of "Woman" in John was the very first test-case I thought of off the top of my head, and sure enough the "skeptic" naively jumped all over it. I can understand why: if I had encountered that passage without the benefit of the Oxford annotation I cited above, I would have jumped all over it in the exact same way. But, if the author of this site wants to have a truly credible resource, then she/he had best do a bit more homework first, and not jump on that (understandable) gut instinct.

(Of course, it's possible that my Oxford Bible is incorrect or misleading here, and I'm the furthest thing from a Bible expert, so I'm certainly susceptible to being persuaded otherwise on this. But I sense that there's reason to be skeptical about this "skeptic's" Bible.)

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Sunday, March 14th, 2004
10:59 pm - newbie! newbie!

hello. i am lebris16's wife. i am interested in the bible as a literary, cultural text, too, so when she told me about this community, i thought i'd join.

growing up "catholic" (meaning: i got the sacraments, but didn't go to church), we don't really know the bible like most protestants i've met. during my sophomore year at drake, i took a liberation theologies class. we studied latin american liberation theology, black theology, feminist theology, womanist theology, and gay and lesbian theology. it was really interesting...especially because my professor was a gay minister. (he was also the best professor i've ever had.) my senior year of high school and freshman year of college i got really into evangelical/protestant religion (partly b/c of my boyfriend at the time). but after that class, and when i subsequently came out, i just lost interest in religion. with the growth of my feminist consciousness and my GLBT consciousness and my political activist consciousness, etc...i have just lost touch with religion and lost interest in it too. i am more interested in the bible now as a literary text and a cultural text, because i think it's very interesting and telling in that aspect. i think we can learn a lot from it...not just from jesus as a religious figure, but as a historical figure, too. (that whole jesus of history, christ of faith, thing).

well, as for the rest of it...i'm a drake univ. student...senior, majoring in international relations, with minors in spanish and poli sci and then concentrations in women's studies and honors. i like to sing and was in choir for a while. i'm married and really want a cat. i like to knit.

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Friday, March 12th, 2004
12:44 pm


i am new here, i found reference to this community on the lit theory community thread. i am doing my undergrad work at drake university in des moines, iowa. i am an english-writing major with hopes to moving on to grad school next year, if anyone will have me.

so, having said that, i have alsways been interested in the bible as literature and was thrilled when i found this community. my family has a religious background and i love literature, so it seems pretty natural to me that i would be interested in this topic.

i was wondering if anyone had anything to say about the bible and dante's divine comedy. i recently finished the latter of the two and i'm very interested in anything anyone has to say about the portrayl of lucifer, the idea of purgatory, or really anything else that concerns either of these texts-

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Thursday, March 11th, 2004
2:23 pm - Newbie
eternallove_e My name is Leslie Butler and I just joined this community. I think the bible is used in alot of literature, even some books you wouldn't expect. I would really like to take a class on the theology of the bible, just study it in depth.

current mood: energetic

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2:07 pm - ban that Bible

I was in a discussion recently with some high school teachers. I suggested a connection between Job and a novel one of the teachers (actually a student teacher) would be using in class. As soon as I mentioned the connection, one of the experienced teachers cautioned against even mentioning the Bible in public school. If you want to avoid trouble with parents, the message was, don't bring the Bible into any discussion.

I know it's a sensitive issue, but this is great literature, folks. Is the public school environment really that hostile to Bible stories, allusions, characters?

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