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Visit the new "Participants Speak" Bulletin Board to read responses to your comments by project participants Dr. Paul van Buren and Rev. Christopher Leighton.

WHO'S FEATURED THIS WEEK?

This week's group includes Hugh O'Donnell, Walter Brueggemann, Roberta Hestenes, John Kselman, Burton L. Visotzky, Renita Weems, and Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg. Among these folks are clergy and laypeople, theologians, an artist, Protestants, Jews and a Catholic. Check out the biographies section for more information

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

God Wrestling

What are dreams made of? Jacob dreams of a ladder to heaven, and later of wrestling a creature in the night. What do we wrestle with in the night? Read the story of GOD WRESTLING in your Bible in Genesis, Chapters 32 - 33, or hear Mandy Patinkin tell it in this Web piece.


QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
"Faith is what you do between the last time you experienced God and the next time you experience God." -- Renita J. Weems, writer, minister, and professor of Old Testament studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School.


QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:
1. Who starred in the 1990 movie entitled "Jacob's Ladder"?

2. Who directed it?
(Answers at bottom of page.)


WHAT DO YOU THINK?