I stumbled upon a podcast that appeared last year that had the clever title That’s What She Said (About the Bible). It features Dr. Marion Taylor and Kira Moolman who explore the life and work of various historical women who either preached, wrote commentaries, etc. Unfortunately, there are only a handful of episodes and I’m not sure if there will ever be more. Regardless, I’ve enjoyed listening to Dr. Taylor and Moolman talk about these fascinating women.
David Frankel looks at Psalm 114 and queries whether its original subject wasn’t Israel but Yahweh (e.g., “When Yahweh went out from Egypt….”). He says that the psalm was originally about the god of Israel’s “change of address” from the cosmos to the land that his people would dwell in.
In the wake of all the hubbub about the destruction of Sodom, Candida Moss takes a different track on the biblical story: it’s revelation of how women were treated as property, as well as what it tells us about the nature of sexual violence. “In no reading [of the account] are the sexual interactions figured in this story consensual. Perhaps that should have always been our focus,” she writes.
You can catch the recent “Paul within Judaism” Symposium on YouTube for free! There are hours of talks, Q&As, and more. I haven’t gotten through it all but did listen to Paula Fredriksen’s contribution. Fascinating stuff as usual!
Rachel Adelman talks the conception of Cain as a product of a fallen angel possessing the serpent of Genesis 3 and copulating with Eve. Relatedly, when I was a young KJV-Onlyist, I believed that Cain was the son of Eve and Satan (i.e., the serpent) because of 1 John 3:12 – “Cain, who was of that wicked one.”