Every once in a while, I try to acknowledge some of the most interesting articles that I’ve read recently. (Feel free to check out my lists of recommendations from February 17th, June 20th, July 28th and August 8th.) I’ve tried to recommend readings that are relatively timeless, with some from this month and some from sources from the past. I tried to include articles that are interesting or funny or thought-provoking or insightful or all of the above, but there’s no real methodology. Below, in no particular order, I’ve provided the links and some of my favorite quotes from the readings.
Although unknown, the author of the Gospel of Mark was almost undoubtedly a male, just like the rest of Biblical authors are assumed to be. By using the feminist method of Biblical criticism, we can closely examine how the author, both explicitly and implicitly, views women. Living in an extremely patriarchal society, the author clearly displays the sexism that was so common in the era, and so common throughout the Bible itself. This negative view of women is especially exposed in the passage of Mark 7:24-30, in which Jesus interacts with a Syrophoenician Gentile woman.
I’m a teenager. I say a lot of things without thinking; I say a lot of things I shouldn’t. Realizing this, my mom used to have a “cursing jar,” in which I would have to put a dollar every time I cuss. As you can imagine, my language was cleaned up in no time. The scenario got me thinking: what’s wrong with profanity? What makes some words worse than others?