Tag Archives: Hermeneutics

Picture Book: Tears of the Damned

I recently saw this image at Graph Jam: What I found interesting about the image is its ambivalence—it’s genuinely unclear to me how this image is supposed to be read. Consider these two options: The image is recommending that we … Continue reading

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J.Z. Smith on the Study of Canons

I was recently rereading J.Z. Smith’s 2008 presidential address to the Society of Biblical Literature, titled “Religion and the Bible” (published in the Journal of Biblical Literature and available online here), and I found two provocative passages worth sharing: [W]hat … Continue reading

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Almighty God Created the Races

Last semester I taught Fay Botham’s Almighty God Created the Races: Christianity, Interracial Marriage, and American Law (University of North Carolina Press, 2009). I enjoyed teaching the book, and the students reported liking it as well. However, as I organized my … Continue reading

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Romanticizing the Qur’an

I recently saw this TED video over at Sociological Images. Although Sociological Images is one of my favorite blogs, there are serious problems with it, and I wish there had been some critical commentary in the post. Here are just … Continue reading

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