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 »

Reclaiming Women in the Early Church

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  Each of the epistles (letters in the New Testament) that is ascribed to an author, is ascribed to a man. The letters focus on the ministry of these men and so the view we can get of the early Church is that of a church dominated by men. However the end of Paul’s letter… Read more »

A Christian sermon for Holocaust Memorial Day

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Preached at Exeter Cathedral, Sunday 27th January 2019 Rob Thompson, Senior Programme Manager   Luke 4: 14-21 74 years ago Soviet troops liberated the concentration camps at Auschwitz. Today on the 27th January, on the anniversary of that liberation, we mark Holocaust Memorial Day. We do so to remember the 6 million Jews who were… Read more »

Holocaust Memorial Day and local communities

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Remarks given by Senior Programme Manager, Rob Thompson, at the Ministry of Housing, Communities, and Local Government’s Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration 2019 It is a privilege to be able to share with you some of my experience of the impact of Holocaust Memorial Day in communities around the UK. I work for the Council of… Read more »