Passover: how we think about the Exodus

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The Jewish festival of Passover, or Pesach, begins next Friday evening. Passover commemorates the Exodus from Egypt, and the journey of the Israelites from slavery to freedom. During the festival, Jews experience both of those extremes. We recall our ancestors’ oppression in Egypt by eating matzah, unleavened bread, for the duration of the festival. But… Read more »

How to preach during Holy Week

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The Revd Nathan Eddy is completing a PhD in Hebrew Bible. He lives in London where he is active in Jewish-Christian dialogue and is the editor of the devotional book ‘Fresh from the Word: Bible for a Change’.   Holy Week can be daunting for Christian preachers, but with some preparation it offers unique opportunities… Read more »

St George’s College – Sharing Perspectives

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For the past 20 years I’ve visited Israel on family holidays and special occasions, at times meeting relatives and friends or just lying in the Eilat sun. But nothing prepared me for the remarkable 9-day journey hosted by St George’s College Jerusalem called ‘Sharing Perspectives: Jews, Christians, Muslims – Three Faiths in Conversation.’ From the… Read more »

Where is God in the Purim story?

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It has always been puzzling that God is not mentioned once in the book of Esther – and yet it is still a fully-fledged Biblical book! Jewish tradition has a couple of different ways of resolving this issue. The first is to make a pun on Esther’s name. The word Ester contains the letters s-t-r,… Read more »

Women’s Wisdom in the Hebrew Bible

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“The wisdom of women builds her house.” [Proverbs 14:1]   Women’s learning and leading has long been the subject of debate in Judaism. While opportunities for women’s education have blossomed in the last century, women are still often denied access to the textual education and positions of power offered to men. In these debates, a… Read more »