Ep26. What Happened at Sinai? Benjamin D. Sommer

Ep26. What Happened at Sinai? Benjamin D. Sommer

I sat down with Benjamin D. Sommer, Professor of Bible and Ancient Semitic Languages at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. I ask him what happened at Sinai... which is a far more complicated question than you may have previously noticed. We discuss participatory revelation, dissolving the line between Scripture and Tradition, practices of close reading, the way Biblical texts destabalise their own authority whilst maintaining a commitment to Law, and whether we must privilege the redactor over the other voices in Scripture? Listen in iTunes // Watch on YouTube

“All Torah, ancient, medieval, and modern, is a response to the event at Sinai”

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Ep24. Gondwana Theology, Garry Worete Deverell

Ep24. Gondwana Theology, Garry Worete Deverell

I interviewed Gary Worete Deverell to talk about his book, Gondwana Theology: A Trawloolway man reflects on Christian Faith. We talk about the material, fleshy nature of First People’s Spirituality and the building blocks of country, kin, and Dreaming. We engage the Dreaming and Genesis 1 – the present power of Creation narratives to shape the identity of those colonised; we also cover reconciliation, racism, mischievous spirits, what to preach on Trinity Sunday, and his letter to his First Nations sisters and brothers navigating the white church… plus, a bunch of liturgy talk! Listen in iTunes // Watch on YouTube. Co-Presented with Insights, the magazine of the Uniting Church in Australia Synod of NSW/ACT

“The God made known in the stories of the Jewish and Christian Scriptures is a God who was sojourning with our people, here in this country, long before the calling of Abraham, or Moses, or St Paul. Our dreaming can be ‘read’ as a legitimate witness to that sojourning and should therefore be engaged as an equally rich source of revelation and guidance regarding the living of a human life that is good, beautiful and true” 

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