In the past few years, it has come to my attention how little I know about Bible translations and how valuable that knowledge can be. Because of this, I have decided to research translations in hopes that I’ll gain new perspectives and a richer depth of insight. In the end though, picking a translation is highly subjective and can easily turn into picking the one that offends you the least. I currently have The Source New Testament With Extensive Notes On Greek Word Meaning (http://www.amazon.com/Source-Testament-Extensive-Notes-Meaning/dp/0980443008/ref=cm_cr-mr-title) and love it, but want an Old Testament translation I can trust also. Junia in Romans 16:7 seems to be a good place to start since most early scholarship was in agreement that Junia was a female. To keep insisting that scripture is referencing a rare male name Junias that isn’t in line with the original texts is stubborn and an admittedly subjective indication to me that the translators have motives that are not in line with the integrity of the texts.
And just like that I’ve narrowed it down from 46 Bible translations, to 31 still in the running. If anyone knows of a good Bible translation that are not on this list or just in general let me know!
Completely unrelated, but lately, I’ve felt like I want to dive into the Apocrypha.
“Showtime indeed!” / SML.20121230.IP3.Lifelog.Showtime.Homeland.Season.2, a photo by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML on Flickr.
My Friday feminist shout out today is Clare Danes from Homeland. She is so unapologetically strong and quite possibly my favorite actress.
In her Glamour interview http://www.glamour.com/fashion/2013/12/homeland-star-claire-danes-glamour-january-2014-issue-cover-photos#slide=5 she says,
“I am a feminist. And I’m so glad that [Girls creator and star] Lena Dunham exists, because she is one too, and she’s quite vocal about it. Yes, women have more freedom and more influence than ever, but it’s hardly equal. It’s just not. It’s really f—king crazy. I’m sorry I’m cursing. But it’s wild that women are underrepresented [in Hollywood]. I have real anxiety about directing, and that’s something to question and challenge and correct.”
Also, I love her comments on being emotional on-screen and not needing to be beautiful as an actress. She says,
“Well, it is true, she gets emotional a lot. [Laughs.] There is that. But I actually think feelings are really hard for people. I think people are made uncomfortable by uncensored expressions of emotion. But, you know, that’s my job. I don’t have those fears. I really have never been concerned about being beautiful on-screen. That’s just not my jam. I’m concerned about it if I’m playing a beautiful character. But it’s not relevant for Carrie. I don’t need to worry about that, and I think that’s really great. I love sitting in the makeup trailer and getting my makeup done in 15 minutes as opposed to an hour and a half.”
Lastly, I can identify with Clare Danes as I’m nearing my 30′s when she says,
“I’m happier in my thirties,” she told Glamour. “I feel clearer about who I am and less apologetic about it, and more accepting of my limitations and also more aware of the ways in which I’m capable. I was always looking forward to this time because people talk about it in very romantic terms. And I think it’s true. Gravity hasn’t had too profound of an effect, and you’re a little less emotionally gangly. The twenties are a deceptively challenging-slash-painful time. I’m just glad to be out of that phase.” (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/03/claire-danes-feminist_n_4377178.html)
“You see, bondage is never the preferred state of a Christian… not even bondage to a Christian husband. However, it seems to me that with our current church teaching of male-rule, the married woman should never pursue or attain this right of freedom: not by act of congress; not by promotion; not by graduating; not through maturity; not even by God’s calling. No matter how long she lives, she will never be free to act in accordance to what she believes is God’s will for her life, regardless of her calling or anointing.” – Bernadine Tillman A Woman’s Place
I’m reading “A Woman’s Place” by Bernadine Tillman right now. She follows you through with all of her realizations and scripture studies. It is so refreshing to hear and read words like these that call out inconsistencies in power led thinking.
She also has great points on Genesis 3:16 and how God was not cursing Eve, but instead warning Eve that her turning away from God to her husband will cause her to be ruled over by him.
“Does it make sense to you that Adam’s reward for his disobedience was to be elevated to govern Eve? We find that this is not what God was saying at all. He was warning Eve not to turn away from Him by turning to her husband because if she did, he would rule over her.”
Genesis and the Fall are very confusing and easily misunderstood texts. It is very hard to read them without the church culture goggles.
Lastly, I am so happy to be seeing Jesus’s words in Mark 10:42-44 being used more and more as a command, value and famous last words for all people regardless of sex.
“You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to be great among you must be your servant and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all”
I would like a pastor to explain to me how this command from Jesus doesn’t apply to husband and wife relationships and how it doesn’t apply to only letting men hold authority and voice in the church. ”Not so with you” says it all.
It’s been a rough day today. This article is harsh, but I’m thankful for the conversation.