Ezra and the foreign wives


  1. Reading against the grain – The story of Ruth stands in implicit contradiction to Ezra. Thanks Tim for these snippets of wisdom. Ezra-Nehemiah have never appealed to me much, but I still value their presence in the canon. I tend to read Nehemiah as prefiguring the Paraclete. He is the temple builder and his name has the etymology of comforter.

  2. Reading against the grain seems to me useful for pointing out the problems, but on its own it is not enough, but from where I stand this sort of (ana)Baptist approach to the babel of the Bible does have possibilities for a faithful, humble (i.e. not setting oneself and one’s “friends” above Scripture) reading even of difficult texts 🙂

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