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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Reta Halteman Finger responds
Reta Halteman Finger in response to "Describing Paul":
'What is to prevent me from being baptized?'
Philip's encounter with the Ethiopian eunuch. A Bible study.
Can Paul Be Redeemed?
Why some of us love Jesus and don't like Paul.
A River Runs Through It
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
In Matthew's gospel, the "littlest ones" are key to the upside-down kingdom.
The roles that Jesus plays in John's gospel echo those of women in first-century Palestine.
To Comfort the Afflicted
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%
The apostle's attack on elitism in Corinthian church and society speaks a clear message about inequality today.
Reading Romans Anew
I have always felt some tension about using the church's common lectionary.
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