Category Archives: Conversation Paper Topics

Joseph, Clothing, and Theology

Even though Dolly Parton sang so earnestly and nostalgically of Joseph’s coat of many colors, biblical scholars have taken a closer look at the text and have concluded that there’s nothing there that indicates the coat Joseph received was anything … Continue reading

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The Lot Complex

For Wednesday’s class, we’ll focus on the Lot sequence in Genesis 19-20.  Re-read this brief section and also read The Lot Complex chapter by Robert Polhemus, which comes from his 2005 book, Lot’s Daughters:  Sex, Redemption, and Women’s Quest for … Continue reading

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Many Different Readings of the Creation Narratives

As we turn to the first three chapters of Genesis, we see two different creation narratives, the work of two distinct theological perspectives we now know.  Marc Brettler interprets the J writer’s creation account (Genesis 2:4b-3:24) as a story about … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Reading the Old Testament as Literature

Here are a few of my notes on what it means to read the Old Testament as Literature. What Reading the Old Testament as Literature Is Reading the Old Testament as literature means that one reads the text critically. One … Continue reading

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What Does it Mean to Read the Old Testament as Literature?

When we come back to class on Friday, we’ll continue our discussion of what it means to read the Old Testament as literature.  Different ways of asking this question might be, “what does it mean to study the OT as … Continue reading

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