Donna J. Haerich

Reflections on Hosea

No one reads in a vacuum. Everyone brings to the Bible their own bias and prejudice. I am no exception. As I read Hosea, I read it, first of all, as a woman. The first three chapters of the book are a love story gone awry and I am initially drawn to the character of Gomer. She is called a whore by none other than God himself. No, that’s not quite right, God instructs Hosea to marry a whore. Hosea chooses Gomer as a wife.

A New Heaven

I never saw a moor,
I never saw the sea;
Yet know I how the heather looks,
And what a wave must be.

I never spoke with God,
Nor visited in heaven;
Yet certain am I of the spot
As if the chart were given.
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When Women Break the Bread of Life

I recently attended a funeral for a long time parishioner at our church.  The Pastor had chosen as his text for the homily 1 Corinthians 15:22, “For as in Adam all die, in Christ shall all be made alive.”  A good choice, I thought, for giving hope during a time of grief.

El Conflicto Cósmico

(Traducido por Carlos E. Espinosa)

Los antiguos creían que había muchos dioses, algunos buenos, algunos malos, y otros más o menos.

El monoteísmo introducido por la nación israelita contrastaba con este panteón de muchos dioses. Sin embargo, el monoteísmo tenía un problema. Si sólo hay un Dios, entonces ¿de dónde viene el mal? Según las Escrituras hebreas, esta deidad suprema había aceptado la responsabilidad: “El Señor forma tanto la luz como la oscuridad, hace la paz y crea el mal” (Isaías 45:7, VR).

Cosmic Crises

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The ancient worldview held that there were many gods, some good, some bad, and many between.

Monotheism as introduced by the Israelite nation stood in contrast to this pantheon of gods. But monotheism had a problem. If there is only one god from whence comes evil?

God’s Problem: How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important Question – Why We Suffer.

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Bart D. Ehrman's latest book is basically an account of two engaging parallel studies. One involves a methodical discussion of the various biblical solutions offered for the perennial question of how an all powerful God can allow evil and suffering to continue





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