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The Status Of Women In The Bible

Richard Elliott Friedman | Posted 11.13.2011 | Religion
Richard Elliott Friedman

When you try to form a view of women's status overall in the Hebrew Bible, you must take into account this unexpected fact: that the political founder of Israel was a woman.

Are Biblical Laws About Homosexuality Eternal?

Richard Elliott Friedman | Posted 10.01.2011 | Religion
Richard Elliott Friedman

Calling male homosexual acts an offense was precisely what made the biblical text seem so absolutely anti-homosexual. But it is precisely this fact that opens the possibility of the law's change.

The Bible: As Relevant (And Misunderstood) As Ever

Richard Elliott Friedman | Posted 07.28.2011 | Religion
Richard Elliott Friedman

More than 20 centuries after the Bible's production, people still bring it to bear on practically every important social and political issue in the Western world.