Tag Archives: Bible

Investigations

Have I misunderstood or misrepresented the cultures about which I have written?  My intention in writing is to offer not to impose, a diagnosis. The suggestions proffered here need to be placed in the context of other, related offerings.  All … Continue reading

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Vows

The vows that are recorded in the Old Testament are usually made by people in a state of disequilibrium.  Hannah is a woman who is barren, yet who longs to bear children for her husband Elkanah.  She made a vow, … Continue reading

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Manipulators and/or submitters

Some said he was deli (insane), some said he was veli (a saint) Most Muslim cultures accommodate in their peoples’ worldview a bewildering contrast between fatalistic, passive dependence and individualistic, active aggression.  People are what they manage to become — … Continue reading

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Brotherhood

The New Testament concept of the kingdom of God challenged the inherited divisions of Near East society in the first century.  The moves away from a strictly Jewish Christianity towards one which could accommodate any variety of human cultural form … Continue reading

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Pawns in the power game

It must be recognised that a powerful process of challenge goes on constantly in many Muslim societies. When places at university are limited in number, when the job market is stretched to capacity, when there is only so much ‘good’ … Continue reading

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Brotherhood

    انا على أخوي وأنا وأخوي على ابن عمي وأنا وابن عمي على الغريب An old Arab proverb goes, “Me against my brother; me and my brother against our cousin; and me, my brother and my cousin against the … Continue reading

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Facts, arguments and logic

Westerners are raised on syllogisms and constructs of truth that are propositional.  It is somehow hard for those in the Middle East to believe that an anecdote could make them pungent a point as three logically connected paragraphs. In many … Continue reading

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