Articles by

sswells

“Judah’s Daughters”: A Reflection on Teaching Women in the Old Testament

By April 23, 2014


Please join us in extending a warm welcome to our latest guest blogger, Spencer Wells. Spencer is currently a PhD student in history at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. His is currently beginning work on dissertation project examining pacifists in the American Revolution and the War of 1812. His research in Mormon studies focuses on issues of religious and sexual tolerance. In his spare time Spencer enjoys hiking and making horrendously bad puns. Seriously folks, his puns are legendary. Here he offers his thoughts on his experience teaching a “Women in the Old Testament” Institute course over the past year.

_________________________

Once every four years the LDS Sunday School trots out the Old Testament for the Saints’ perusal and edification. At times, the decision raises hackles. Complaints, of course, vary. Isaiah’s opacity dismays some, Hebraic ritual etherizes others. And theological protests invariably sprout up. As a personal acquaintance argued with me years ago, God’s actions throughout the Old Testament place Him at odds with modern liberal values. Complicit in razing cities, murdering children, and oppressing women, this teenaged Jehovah played the part of a brooding, angst-ridden Hayden Christiansen (think Anakin Skywalker) to near perfection.

Continue Reading

Series

Recent Comments

Linda on Review for Emmeline B.: “I am particularly interested in reading about Emmalene's feelings during her three marriages. How fascinating and heartbreaking it must have been to have had…”


Cathy Gilmore on Review for Emmeline B.: “Thanks for this, Hannah. I agree with you in wanting memoirs and diaries to play a larger role in understanding women's history. The more we…”


Cathy on JI Summer Book Club: “Hannah, I love this idea of a "historiographical intervention". Charlotte, thanks for this review. I am fascinated by the act of diary-keeping by women. Could…”


Hannah Jung on JI Summer Book Club: “One of the strengths of Ulrich's book is her conscious use of sources that were written in the present. This chapter seems to be the…”


wvs on JI Summer Book Club: “LTU's use of reminiscences is sometimes difficult I think. Nevertheless, her work with the source materials for the period is excellent. Well done, Charlotte. Thanks!”


Mary Lou on JI Summer Book Club: “Thank you for choosing House Full of Females for this summer book club. I have certainly enjoyed reading it and wondering about the life and…”

Topics


juvenileinstructor.org