Today I will appear on my local public radio station, WFYI, 90.1 FM if you are in the Indianapolis or central Indiana area. I will be on the program All IN which begins at 1 pm. If you are not in Indiana never fear, you can tune in online. Whether listening online or on the radio, you will have a chance to submit questions if you would like to.
Lest any of you think that, if you are not in Indiana, this local show is not going to be of interest you, that is not so, especially today. Today, among other topics, the program will be featuring a book by an Indiana author, namely me, that you have been hearing about and are undoubtedly interested in hearing more about. I am referring (in case you hadn’t guessed) to my book What Jesus Learned from Women.
Tune in today and listen if you can, and let them know in the same chat function they use for listener questions, on social media, and/or in other ways that you appreciated the segment. Audience feedback makes a difference to whether content of and guests of any particular kind get featured again in the future. And of course please let me know what you thought of it, too!
Also related to the book’s theme in some way:
Angela Parker wrote to the president and mentioned a story that is also featured in my book, highlighting (as my book also does) the difference between how it is often incorporated into sermons and how many scholars understand it:
In Mark 12:41-44, Jesus praises a widow who placed two small coins into the treasury. Noting that the rich gave “out of their abundance,” Jesus says that she gave “her whole existence.” Commentators commend the woman because she gave at such great personal cost. I have a difficult time with that reading. Prior to the widow’s offering, in Mark 12:38-40, Jesus denounces scribes who “devour widows’ houses,” meaning that the scribes often took material advantage of widows by overtaxing them to the point of unpayable debts and subsequent destitution.
Read the rest here:
I’m sure you’re looking forward to reading Jordan Ryan’s new book, From the Passion to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre: Memories of Jesus in Place, Pilgrimage, and Early Holy Sites Over the First Three Centuries, as much as I am. In the meantime, you can read his ASOR article on the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.
A couple of items of related interest in the latest update to Kyprianos:
And distantly related, since I weave historical fiction into my exploration of the historical Jesus, and thus the question of how anything other than straight analytic prose pertains to matters like theology seems relevant…