From July, 2018

Jael killing Sisera in Western Art History

I love the biblical story of Jael and Sisera and you should too.   It goes something like this: The prophetess Deborah has told one of the Israelite tribal leaders that now would be an excellent time to mobilize against a local king who has been oppressing them. The leader, Barak, hesitates. He will only go to war, he says, if Deborah joins him. Deborah agrees to accompany the army, but she also warns Barak that because of his hesitation a woman will get to kill the general leading the foreign king’s army.   After a messy battle, the leader…

Genesis 29 by Jane Austen

Chapter 1 It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a man on the run from his kin must be in want of a couple of wives.   “My dear Mr Laban,” said his lady to him one day, “have you heard that the shepherd shed is let at last?” Mr Laban made no answer. This was encouragement enough for Mrs Laban to inform him that a young man of large fortune from the region of Canaan had come up last week to see the shed and had been so much delighted with it that he was to take possession of…

Everything I learned about Friedrich Schleiermacher as an undergraduate theology student

Schleiermacher is that 12th grade boy who smiled at you once in the cafeteria and ten years later you still don’t know how you feel about it.   Schleiermacher was thrown out of a community centre meeting about recycling for shouting at the speaker.   Schleiermacher is so sensitive he starts crying every year in the spring the first time he sees the new lambs.   Schleiermacher has three brown suits, all identical, with softly worn leather patches on the elbows.   Schleiermacher believes you can do it, because he used to be pretty much where you are now.  …