Patriarchies like to unfairly cast women as immoral.
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The name has become a byword for promiscuity and falsehood – typical of patriarchal readings of the Bible.
What is the meaning of the 2,500-year old Hebrew psalm for oppressed groups?
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Frederick Douglass used the words of Psalm 137 in his famous speech, 'What to a Slave is the Fourth of July?' For centuries, this poem has resonated with writers and composers, with its consideration of how humans deal with trauma.
Sol Feldman in The Book of Exodus at Theatre Works.
The Book of Exodus is a provocative work that sees children retelling the biblical tale.
David seducing Bathsheba, Anonymous.
Women are constantly implicitly blamed, both in the Bible and in contemporary culture, for their rape.
A bison on its way in the Bialowieza forest in Poland.
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In countries that identify predominantly as Christian, scripture and its interpretations carry serious sociopolitical weight.
An Egyptian Muslim woman holds candles in front of the Coptic Christian Cathedral in tribute to the victims of a bomb attack in Cairo on Dec. 17, 2016.
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Among the Christians of the Middle East, the largest number – some eight million or so – is of Egypt’s Copts. Here's their story.
A scholar explains how mercy could be a simple act of opening oneself to those with opposing views.
Faith, religious institutions and spirituality are all part and parcel of American life. But they are often misunderstood. Our new section casts light on these topics from scholars across the U.S.
A scholar quotes Biblical passages to show how the text affirms – strongly and unequivocally – the obligation to treat strangers with dignity and hospitality.
Jesus wasn't the only son of a god in ancient times. And, as you'd expect, divine offspring tended to be high achievers.
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The popular TV series encourages us to question how we understand identity and community in light of religion.
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Jesus' faithful companion is often cast as reformed sinner, but she may have been anything but.
Eve (and Adam) pay the price.
Many biblical women have suffered from centuries of bad press. So what were they really like?
Detail Da Vinci’s The Last Supper by Giacomo Raffaelli. Judas seated second right.
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Judas has had a 2,000-year raw deal. Here's why it's time for a rethink.
Anglican Dean of Brisbane Dr Peter Catt is leading a sanctuary offer to asylum-seekers facing deportation to Nauru.
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In offering to open church buildings across Australia as places of sanctuary for asylum seekers, church leaders are appealing to an ancient notion of how we should treat people in need of protection.
It's regarded as a Biblical myth, but what the magi are supposed to have seen is rooted in astronomy.
Fear and tension make the pain much worse.
Pain during labour and birth is a complex combination of physical and psychological factors.
The earliest sources, including Paul’s letters, show very little interest in the mythological details of heavenly existence.
Wikimedia Commons/ Probably Valentin de Boulogne: Saint Paul Writing His Epistles.
Interpretations of Paul the apostle's texts provided the basic fund of imagery that continues to inform popular opinion about what Christians mean when they talk about "heaven", or "hell".