“‘Tis a Strange Truth”: Reading Race, Humanity, and Othello

I come to Othello through a twisted confluence of experiences that I now take as proof of this play's potential relevance to modern readers. Whenever I entertain the idea of reading Shakespeare, I feel the burden of attempting to experience something too meaningful for me to appreciate...and so I don't. But these mis-starts have served to make me well-versed in the meaning of pretense. And after years of study and avoidance, I am convinced that to understand the texts by, with, through, and around which we fashion our lives, we would do well to understand the pretext that always accompanies the phenomena of reading and being read.

#AARSBL17: Skin in the Game–Racing the Stakes of Student-Scholarship

This weekend, Dr. Richard Newton will be at the annual meetings of the North American Association for the Study of Religion, the American Academy of Religion, and the Society of Biblical Literature to share some of his work on pedagogy. Whether you're there physically or keeping up from afar, we'll bring you updates from the field here at Sowing the … Continue reading #AARSBL17: Skin in the Game–Racing the Stakes of Student-Scholarship

The Bible and Race in the USA: What Went Without Saying

Curator's Note--I've struggled for weeks with how to conclude the Bible and Race in the USA series. People's shock at the malleability of truth and the temptation of exceptionalism has challenged me to re-situate the discussion. So before you is a personal reflection to explore why so few of our current events are actually textbook. … Continue reading The Bible and Race in the USA: What Went Without Saying

Locations of Interpretation: Scriptures and Fear in America

Ekaputra Tupamahu discusses Marlee Schwalm’s foray into the history of religion in the American Pacific WWII theater. He surfaces resonances between Post-Pearl Harbor Japanophobia and Post-9/11 Islamophobia.

The Bible and Rap

Maya Aphornsuvan (Elizabethtown College '18) follows the story of rapper, MC Jin, examining how the Bible and race color the meaning of his success--whether he wants it to or not. This is the second issue in our fourth volume on the Bible and Race in the USA. You can read a response to this post here. “If … Continue reading The Bible and Rap