The only direct instruction of Esther is how to throw a party.… Read More Party like its 479 BCE!
Like all of the abuse allegations recently, the story of Dinah is ugly. Dinah was the only daughter of Israel (Jacob). Ironically, her name means ‘the one who brings justice.’ It is the feminine version of the name Dan. Lady Justice. I say ironically, because Dinah’s story has little justice. She was kidnapped in broad… Read More Her name was Dinah. #metoo
Even in her cynicism, Sarah’s faith shines bright, and she submits in faith to try once more to make a baby. She believed God. … Read More Women in the Text: Sarah’s Submissive Reputation
The capture of wives in the ancient world Within a generation after the fall of humanity in Eden, we read that Lamech “took” two women. He became the first polygamist, thereby rebelling against God’s decree that two people become one, and that the man should leave his family and cleave to his wife. Lamech “took”… Read More Women in the Text: Sarah’s Abductions
A Biblical fiction short story on Princess Tamar.… Read More Don’t Tell a Soul
Judas is guilty of ultimate treachery. That is undeniable. Judas was also an intimate hand-chosen by Jesus, which implies admirable attributes and a gift of grace. Take an exaggerated view of any theory and you can miss a valuable lesson about the effects of unfaithful, sinful thinking. Judas’ story serves as a warning, if you will, for those considered “close to the Master.” Because even in familiarity with the “rabbi”, a gradual slip into selfish desire can result in tragedy. … Read More Diary of Judas, a betrayer (Conclusion)
“I’ve done something and you must fix it.” I looked at each of the men hoping to find a glimmer of pity. I only found arrogant disapproval. I tried again because there was nothing left to do but beg. I dropped to my knees.
“Take it.” I held out the coin sack to the nearest priest. “I made a mistake. I never meant for Rabbi Yeshua to be crucified!”
… Read More The Diary of Judas, a betrayer (Friday)