Aimee Byrd

Inside the word. Outside the box.

Moses’ Wife, the Queen of Sheba, and the Black Bride There are all kinds of interpretations of the difficult text in Numbers 12. Origen’s is most compelling to me, as he ties it into his homily on the Song of Songs: ‘I am dark and beautiful, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, as the tents of …

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“Knowing is the responsible human struggle to rely on clues to focus on a coherent pattern and submit to its reality.” Esther Lightcap Meek builds off of this definition of knowing, emphasizing each line separately in the five parts of her book Longing to Know.  I read it years ago and it has always stuck …

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*I wrote this almost two years ago and it is all the more meaningful to me now.* I’m almost through reading Mark Edmundson’s thought-provoking work, The Heart of Humanities: Reading, Writing, Teaching, and I just came across a line that really sums up the theme of his whole book:   “’The only true currency in this bankrupt …

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Dr. James Eglinton has a great new critical biography out on Herman Bavinck. I sought his expertise to answer a gnawing question about Bavinck’s views on women. He graciously obliged. Here is my question, followed by his response: It can be difficult reading a theologian whom you learn so much from and hold in high …

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“Typology is an interpretive method rooted in exegesis. Now why would I say such a crazy thing?” I’m currently reading through Mitchell Chase’s 40 Questions about Typology and Allegory. Since I am doing some serious diving into the Song of Songs for my next book, I have invested interest in Chase’s topic. I thought it …

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Some church signs seem to have become equivalent to the placard signs homeowners proudly stake in their front yards, or the bumper stickers that accessorize motor vehicles with philosophical one-liners. I find many of them tacky (although some are amusing), and have dissected the theological implications of a few. Rosaria Champagne Butterfield spends a couple …

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