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Bible Commentary

Pope Francis: Holy Humility in Community (Luke 18:9-14)

Carolyn Sharp | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Carolyn Sharp

Reversals of power play through many stories and poems of Scripture. The sacred texts foundational to Jewish and Christian identity are insistent in their efforts to reconfigure our understanding of what counts as valuable and holy.

Why Malcolm Gladwell Is Wrong About David And Goliath

Sir Lawrence Freedman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Sir Lawrence Freedman

Gladwell adopts the story for the title and introduction to his latest book, which is about how such lopsided conflicts can produce surprising results. He brings to his account of this familiar story new research to suggest that the conventional interpretations miss the point. Unfortunately it his account which misses the point.

Finding Your Way On The Spiritual Path

Caroline Oakes | Posted 05.06.2013 | Religion
Caroline Oakes

I was struck by the directness of his message: "To have a meaningful spiritual life, you must read Scripture."

Quieting The Storm: A Reflection On Mark 4:35-41

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 08.18.2012 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

Jesus tells us -- and the storms around us -- "Quiet! Settle down!" The next time you find yourself in the middle of a sudden thunderstorm, hear his words, and trust the one who can command the storm to cease.

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.

Getting The Bible Right On Abortion

Richard Elliott Friedman | Posted 08.08.2011 | Religion
Richard Elliott Friedman

People sometimes derive law about abortion from a biblical law in which someone, in the course of a fight, strikes a pregnant woman, and she goes into labor.