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Visit the new "Participants Speak" Bulletin Board to read responses to your comments by project participants Carol Gilligan, Rev. Christopher Leighton, and Marianne Thompson.

WHO'S FEATURED THIS WEEK?

Dianne Bergant, Norman J. Cohen, Francisco O. Garcia-Treto, P.K. McCary, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Phyllis Trible, Burton L. Visotzky participate this week in our discussion of EXILE. Among others, there is a nun, two rabbis, and a minister. There are theologians and laypeople, Jews, a Christian, and a Muslim.

WHAT'S HAPPENING IS DISCUSSION GROUPS?

A discussion group facilitator at a Metropolitan Community Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, reports that his group's greatest challenge is accommodating diverse educational backgrounds. The group finds the TALKING ABOUT GENESIS Resource Guide accessible and helpful for providing common ground. Discussions must include and stimulate members very familiar with the biblical world, such as a former priest and several Divinity students from nearby Duke University, as well as first-time Bible readers, such as one man who was previously unaware that the Bible is translated into English and that not all translations are the same. The group has evolved certain strategies for breaking down the educational heirarchy. For instance, when discussing God's promise of offspring to Abraham which took many years to fulfill, instead of asking, "Why did God take so long for Abraham?" the group asked, "What have you been waiting for God to do in your life for many years?" Answering the first question might require specialized knowledge of the text's history and literary context. But by focusing on what the text might ask of us, the group was able to create a conversation in which everyone was able to participate.

WANT TO KNOW MORE?

Check out information about ordering a set of videocassettes, audiocassettes, the companion book, or the Resource Guide. The project contributors have written some of the best books available on Genesis. Check out References.

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Blessed Deception

Exile

Joseph was sold into slavery, seduced by his boss, and thrown in prison -- only to overcome these obstacles and become successful in his exile. Read this week's story of EXILE in your Bible in Genesis, Chapters 39 - 47, or hear Alfre Woodard tell it on this Web site.


QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
"A person who has a yearning for the spirit feels like an exile in this world, no matter how much he serves it." --Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Professor of Islamic studies at George Washington University.


QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:
1. A Broadway musical based on this story, called "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," was created by Andrew Lloyd Webber and his frequent collaborator. What is the name of this collaborator?

2.What former pop star of the 1970's starred in the recent revival of this musical?
(Answers at bottom of page.)


WHAT DO YOU THINK?