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AREAS OF INTEREST

  


Homosexuality and the Bible

Gender and Sexuality in the Bible

(Mis)Translations of the Bible

Liberating the Bible from Tradition





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TEXTS AND SUBJECTS



 

THE FIRST AND SECOND TESTAMENTS
(Old Testament & New Testament)

 

TALKS AND LECTURES:


Bible and Homosexuality:
Where Do Translators Go Wrong?

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To Know in "the Biblical Sense":
Change it to "the Greek Sense"

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SODOM AND GOMORRAH




 Genesis 1819
 

A very complex, dramatic text debating 
the situation and rights of immigrants. 


TALKS AND LECTURES:


A Text of Terror?
Discover the amazing social concerns embedded
in the story of Sodom and Gomorrah.


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To "Know" in Sodom and Gomorrah: 
When Translators Get It Wrong.

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A Biblical Debate on Immigration: 
The relevance for our time of Abraham, Sarah, and Lot.

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The Nameless Women of Sodom:
The significance of Lot's wife and daughters.

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"Sodomy" versus "The Yardstick of Sodom":
Differences between Christian and Jewish approaches.

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The Cruelty of Sodom in Jewish Tradition: 
"Adjusting" visitors to a bed, starving beggars, and
the execution of a charitable girl. 
   

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THE CRIME OF GIBEAH


 

Book of Judges 1920

A polemical story with fierce political overtones about
the murderous sexual assault on a young woman.
 


 
TALKS AND LECTURES:


The Crime of Gibeah:
Coded Political Drama

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A Literary Feud:
David as Victim, Saul as Persecutor
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To "Know" in Gibeah: 
Where Translators Go Wrong.

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WITH A MALE

 

Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13


 An uncompromising prohibition of incest between males. 



TALKS AND LECTURES
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"As With a Woman": 
A highly ambiguous mistranslation.

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"With a Male You Shall Not Lie (the) Lyings of a Woman":
What exactly does it mean?

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PAUL'S PASSIONS


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"Against Nature":
Paul discussing paganism in Romans 1.26-27
and quoting The Book of Wisdom.

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"Softies" and "Male-Liers" in 1 Corinthians 6.9:
Paul polemicizing against cowards and exploiters.

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MALE AND FEMALE

 

Genesis 13


The creation story:
Dual gender and God-like humanity
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TALKS AND LECTURES:


The First Human Being:
A biblical image of dual gender.

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Adam's Non-existent "Rib":
The Bible speaks of Adam's "side". 

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SEX AND MARRIAGE

 

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"Going In To" and "Lying Down With":
The language of sex in the book of Genesis.

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Adam "Knew" His Woman Eve:
The language of commitment in the Bible.


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THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE


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Important Stories of Same-Sex Love in the Bible:

Ruth & Naomi

David & Jonathan

The Roman Centurion and His Beloved "Boy"

The Beloved Disciple

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QUALIFICATIONS



PhD in Theology
(Univ. of Exeter, 2006)

 

Experienced writer,
lecturer, teacher and
translator in three
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