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Shawna Dolansky
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Shawna Dolansky is co-author of "The Bible Now" with Richard E. Friedman, and author of "Now You See It, Now You Don't: Biblical Perspectives on the Relationship Between Religion and Magic" and editor of "Sacred History, Sacred Literature." After 15 years of teaching Biblical and Religious Studies at universities in the U.S. from San Diego to Boston, she has recently moved back to Ottawa, Canada, where she is an Instructor and Research Fellow at the College of the Humanities at Carleton University.

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The Truth(s) About Hanukkah

40 Comments | Posted December 23, 2011 | 12/23/11 12:05 PM ET

I was asked to give a history lecture as part of our JCC's Hanukkah fair, so I thought I'd title it something provocative like "The Real Story of Hanukkah." But it turned out that was already the title of an ongoing JCC lecture series, so, without much thought, I agreed...

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The Status of Women in the Bible

Posted September 13, 2011 | 09/13/11 02:00 PM ET

We intended that each one of this series of posts would give a good example from "The Bible Now" of what is involved in seriously dealing with the Bible and five "hot" issues of our day in light of the advances in current Bible scholarship and archaeology. That is what...

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Are Biblical Laws About Homosexuality Eternal?

Posted August 1, 2011 | 08/01/11 05:52 PM ET

One of the recent reviews of "The Bible Now" that was favorable on the whole criticized us on one point in our chapter on homosexuality. The reviewer said that we were liberals, with a liberal agenda, and that we had twisted the clear meaning of the biblical law to fulfill...

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Getting the Bible Right on Abortion

Posted June 8, 2011 | 06/08/11 12:40 PM ET

As we said in our first post, our book, "The Bible Now," deals with the Bible's role in five current controversial issues. For these posts, we shall give one small example from each of the five. Our purpose is (1) to shed light on that particular case itself and (2)...

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The Bible: As Relevant (and Misunderstood) as Ever

Posted May 28, 2011 | 05/28/11 09:10 AM ET

Both read the bible day and night; but you read black where I read white. --William Blake

No man ever believes that the Bible means what it says: He is always convinced that it says what he means. --George Bernard Shaw

More than 20 centuries after the Bible's production, people...

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