Reta Halteman Finger

Reta Halteman Finger is an affiliate associate professor of New Testament at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia and the co-author of Creating a Scene in Corinth: A Simulation. You can read more of her writing on her Bible study blog. 

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To the Millennia and Beyond!

by Reta Halteman Finger 11-06-2014

Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle B. 

Reta Halteman Finger responds

by Reta Halteman Finger 04-04-2014

Reta Halteman Finger in response to "Describing Paul":

'What is to prevent me from being baptized?'

by Reta Halteman Finger 03-05-2014

Philip's encounter with the Ethiopian eunuch. A Bible study.

Can Paul Be Redeemed?

by Reta Halteman Finger 01-05-2014

Why some of us love Jesus and don't like Paul.

A River Runs Through It

by Reta Halteman Finger 09-30-2013
A Bible study about water in the New Testament

One of the streams that feeds into the Jordan River

In contrast to the approximately 800 references to water in the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament is relatively spare. A friend explained the difference. The ancient Hebrews emerged from the eastern desert cultures of Egypt and Babylonia (now Iraq), which built their empires around rivers and where water was scarce and precious. But the New Testament writers were oriented toward the wetter West, where seafaring Greeks and Romans had appropriated the Mediterranean Sea as their major mode of transportation and conquest. 

Jesus and the Top Secret Empire

by Reta Halteman Finger 07-01-2013

In Matthew's gospel, the "littlest ones" are key to the upside-down kingdom.

Mother Jesus

by Reta Halteman Finger 05-11-2013

The roles that Jesus plays in John's gospel echo those of women in first-century Palestine.

To Comfort the Afflicted

by Reta Halteman Finger 02-11-2013

If we read 1 Peter's message to immigrants, exiles, and foreigners only as a metaphor, we risk missing the point.

Paul's Letter to the 1%

by Reta Halteman Finger 06-01-2012

The apostle's attack on elitism in Corinthian church and society speaks a clear message about inequality today.

Reading Romans Anew

by Reta Halteman Finger 03-01-1999

I have always felt some tension about using the church's common lectionary.