Aimee Byrd

Inside the word. Outside the box.

We all want the same thing. Sure, we are unique individuals with personal aspirations. And these are important to explore, examine, voice, and properly pursue. But our individual desires are all headed for the same end, or telos. And it’s an overwhelming, ecstatic longing. We all really want eros. The problem is, we don’t understand …

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The great challenge facing religions with classically male-dominated cultic structures is how to foster the sincere spiritual yearnings of those who by dint of their gender cannot proceed beyond the entrance. Rabbi Evan Hoffman Ouch! This cuts so close to home. It is my own experience in the church. Even as a disciple, I could …

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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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For the guardians of the walls. For the wounded bride. Is there a better line in all of Scripture than the bride’s proclamation, “I am my love’s and his desire is for me”? (Song of Songs 7:10). It’s full of theological meat—she appropriates the covenant language that reverberates throughout Scripture. That is fabulous in itself. …

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