The Bible and the Bechdel Test

The Bechdel Test is a way of highlighting the male-centeredness of modern television and film. The test is simple: ask how frequently two female characters talk about something other than male characters. It has been applied to Doctor Who, for instance, and I shared an infographic on the subject here. Beth Birkholz, a Lutheran Pastor [Read More...]

Ruth: Romance, Racism, and Redistribution

In my class on the Bible on Friday, we discussed the Book of Ruth. And as it happened, I discovered that it was possible to encapsulate the three main topics/themes that I wanted to make sure got attention under three headings with alliteration. One topic (the first “r”) was romance. My students were fairly sure [Read More...]

The Bible and Economic and Social Justice: Following Ruth into Leviticus

I’ve been wanting to post some thoughts that came up in my class on the Bible last week. We were discussing the Book of Ruth, which itself challenged Israelite laws and prejudices aimed at Moabites (that itself is a message that some Christians seem not to have grasped). In the process of discussing Ruth, the [Read More...]