Category Archives for The Bible

Teaching an X-rated Book

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Teaching an X-rated Book to a G Audience Marsha Abelman is an author in my upcoming book on women’s personal journeys away from religion. Here she recounts teaching an utterly violent Bible story to nine-year-olds. Karen Garst As a former evangelical Christian, I have regrets about the time and energy I devoted to that worldview. […]

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The Bible and Gilgamesh

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Did the Hebrews Plagiarize Gilgamesh? If you are like me, you haven’t heard the word plagiarize since college. Remember the professors warning you against taking credit for someone else’s work? Were you careful to cite the authors you used in your research? While plagiarism in academic circles in unacceptable, it was common practice in early […]

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Thanks God for Blaming Eve…Not

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Dressed in my cotton print dress with two scratchy crinolines underneath, I hold my mother’s hand as we enter the gathering area for Sunday school classes. After an opening song, we split up by age group. Cautiously, I enter the first grade room. Fortunately, I know at least three kids. Thank heaven! The teacher, Mrs. […]

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What Happened to Sarah?

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  Remember the Bible story about god asking Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac? Did you ever think about Isaac’s mother Sarah? Did god consult her about this proposed sacrifice of her son? Did Abraham? But before we look at these questions, we need to go back a bit in time, back a lot actually, […]

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