Krista Dalton

Christian Seders? The New Religious Appropriation

Christian Seders? The New Religious Appropriation

Christian seders are taking the internet by storm this week, from how-to posts, why not-to posts, and even Jewish voices asking “what’s the problem?” Many Christians find the allure of the “Jewishness of Jesus” especially appealing during Holy Week. Desiring to experience a taste of…

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Aronofsky and Noah as Midrash (Or, What Does That Even Mean?)

Aronofsky and Noah as Midrash (Or, What Does That Even Mean?)

***This post is not a review of the film, so no spoilers unless you don’t know the story of Noah. And then in that case, SPOILER. The newest blockbuster Noah has generated a wealth of responses from members of the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim communities, many…

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Streams Run Uphill: Mihee Kim-Kort and Young Clergywomen of Color

Streams Run Uphill: Mihee Kim-Kort and Young Clergywomen of Color

“Being the other is not only a philosophical, social, political, or literary concept; it is a theological image. It speaks of a God of the margins, a God for the oppressed, a God who loves and pursues the stranger” (129). With powerful words such as…

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When Christian Feminism is Anti-Judaic

When Christian Feminism is Anti-Judaic

Christian feminism, pioneered in the 19th and early 20th centuries by such notable figures of Catherine Booth, Frances Willard, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, made huge strides in the advancement of women’s rights, religiously and politically. However, this advancement came at the cost of increasing anti-judaic rhetoric. In forming…

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When the Lenten Fast is Privilege

When the Lenten Fast is Privilege

First and foremost, clearly, please remember the poor, so that what you withhold from yourselves by living more sparingly, you may deposit in the treasury of heaven. Let the hungry Christ receive what the fasting Christian receives less of. Let the self-denial of one who…

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Feminism and Ordination: Or I Don’t Need the Bible in order to Have Common Sense

Feminism and Ordination: Or I Don’t Need the Bible in order to Have Common Sense

The other day I was discussing the topic of women’s ordination to ministry with a friend. We were hastening to answer a pointed imperative, “Prove women’s ordination with Scripture,” by digging through our stacks of go-to feminism books and hermeneutics. Yet in the midst of…

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When “the Bible Says” and Life is in Danger

When “the Bible Says” and Life is in Danger

Most characteristic of Western religions today are the proscribed “religious rules” imposed upon adherents. Sacred texts represent the source of these rules and boundaries that serve to guide religious rhetoric. For many Christians, if “the Bible says so,” then all other arguments fail. The sacred…

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Resources for Reading the Bible and Rabbis

Resources for Reading the Bible and Rabbis

I remember the day I decided to study rabbinic literature. I was graduating with a B.A. in biblical studies, focused on Hebrew Bible, when I learned about the literature of “the rabbis.” I discovered whole Jewish traditions of literature outside of my Old Testament canon…

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When My Job is to Read Ancient Texts

When My Job is to Read Ancient Texts

“My job is to teach you philology (the study of language). We will not be asking ‘what was life like behind the text,’ at best that world is shadowy. Instead, we will focus on what we do know: how to read the text.” I smirked…

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The Privilege of a Subway Swipe

The Privilege of a Subway Swipe

Every morning I make a LONG walk up a giant hill to the subway. Some mornings my walk is full of sunshine and butterflies, as I practically skip off to school with that annoying energy of a morning person. Other days I mad dash up…

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