More on Hagar, including her naming of God at what is then called Beer Lahai Roi
Hagar and Ishmael, and their connection to Mitzrayim, add another layer to the story of the Yisrael-ites and Mitzrayim-ites. This stage quotes from Texts of Terror: Literary-Feminist Readings of Biblical Narrative by Phyllis Trible. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1984.
In contrast, or complement, to the historical and geographic view of the last stage, here is a literary/imaginative look at the journeying of the biblical Abraham and Sarah. Quoted: Booking Passage: Exile and Homecoming in the Modern Jewish Imagination. Sidra DeKoven Ezrahi. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2000. Tevye the Dairyman and The Railroad … Continue reading (#30) Tevye’s View
Exploring early ancestors behind the Exodus story and locating the story in geography.
Exploring the way names are assigned, as when Pharaoh calls the people "Israelite Nation" only to single them out as foreigners and a danger.
What does it mean to be "from there"? The Hebrew word for "Hebrews" is thought to mean something like "folks from over there" or maybe "from the other side of the river." How does the view from the other side inform the Exodus and struggle for liberation?
This installment continues exploring the idea raised by considering the Afikoman in the Passover seder. What or who is hidden from us, and so preventing joint liberation? Why? and how can we address that lack of inclusion? This installment comes with an assignment: begin every day a new discipline of looking for the hidden... in … Continue reading (#26) Hidden
Explore DC's "Reopen DC" plans and advisory council to see what and who is left out of view -- can we insist on inclusion, as with the Afikoman at the close of a seder?
Uncertain times, the way forward, the Golden Calf, and justice denied.
What does the biblical character of Daughter of Pharaoh, and the many ways she has been drawn over time, tell us about how we see community boundaries?