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  • Exile

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    S 1 : Ep 10 - 1/1/96

    Gifted, talented, and handsome, Joseph survives slavery and exile by his wits. But his response to the advances made by his captor's wife raises troubling questions. Participants: Theologians Dianne Bergant, Norman J. Cohen, Francisco O. Garcia-Treto, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Phyllis Trible, and Burton L. Visotzky and journalist P.K. McCary.moreless
  • God Wrestling

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    S 1 : Ep 9 - 1/1/96

    Apparently headed for his final comeuppance, the fugitive Jacob meets God in a dream and ultimately finds himself. Participants: Theologians Walter Brueggemann, John S. Kselman, Burton L. Visotzky, and Renita J. Weems; educator Roberta Hestenes; visual artist Hugh O'Donnell; and scholar Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg.moreless
  • Blessed Deception

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    S 1 : Ep 8 - 1/1/96

    By engineering Isaac's blessing on Jacob, does Rebecca become the heroine of the story, or simply a schemer? And what of Esau, her passed-over son? Participants: Biochemist Leon R. Kass; writer Stephen Mitchell; theologians Elaine H. Pagels, Jean-Pierre M. Ruiz, Marianne Meye Thompson, and Robin Darling Young; and psychotherapist Naomi H. Rosenblatt.moreless
  • The Test

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    S 1 : Ep 7 - 1/1/96

    God's command to Abraham to sacrifice Isaac raises profoundly disturbing questions. What kind of God would make such a demand? And what kind of parent would consider obeying it? Participants: Theologians Dianne Bergant, Norman J. Cohen, Francisco O. Garcia-Treto, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Phyllis Trible, and Burton L. Visotzky and journalist P.K. McCary.moreless
  • A Family Affair

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    S 1 : Ep 6 - 1/1/96

    Seeking a descendant, Abraham takes Hagar as a wife, who conceives Ishmael--engendering jealousy, division, and pain for everyone involved. Participants: Scholar Robert Alter; law professor Azizah Y. al-Hibri; novelist Bharati Mukherjee; community activist Eugene Rivers III; theologians Lewis B. Smedes and Burton L. Visotzky; and playwright-composer Elizabeth Swados.moreless
  • Call and Promise

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    S 1 : Ep 5 - 1/1/96

    When God chooses Abraham to found a dynasty, how does Abraham react? What does divine sanction mean, both for the chosen and for the "non-chosen"? Participants: Scholar Robert Alter; law professor Azizah Y. al-Hibri; novelist Bharati Mukherjee; community activist Eugene Rivers III; theologians Lewis B. Smedes and Burton L. Visotzky; and playwright-composer Elizabeth Swados.moreless
  • Apocalypse

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    S 1 : Ep 4 - 1/1/96

    Profoundly disappointed in his creation, God destroys it and starts over with Noah and his family. What does the story reveal about the character of God--and of the survivors? Participants: Theologians Karen Armstrong, Alexander A. Di Lella, Samuel D. Proctor, and Burton L. Visotzky; journalist Byron E. Calame; psychologist Carol Gilligan; and poet Blu Greenberg.moreless
  • The First Murder

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    S 1 : Ep 3 - 1/1/96

    The tale of brother killing brother features jealousy, revenge, forgiveness, justice, and mercy in the complex relationships among victim, perpetrator, and judge. Participants: Novelists John Barth, Rebecca Goldstein, Mary Gordon, Charles Johnson, Oscar Hijuelos, and Faye Kellerman and theologian Burton L. Visotzky.moreless
  • Temptation

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    S 1 : Ep 2 - 1/1/96

    Where does evil come from? And what's wrong with desiring a fruit that looks beautiful, tastes delicious, and confers wisdom--other than the fact that God forbids it? Participants: Biochemist Leon R. Kass; writer Stephen Mitchell; theologians Elaine H. Pagels, Jean-Pierre M. Ruiz, Marianne Meye Thompson, and Robin Darling Young; and psychotherapist Naomi H. Rosenblatt.moreless
  • In God's Image

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    S 1 : Ep 1 - 10/20/96

    What does it mean to be made "in God's image"? And what do the two creation accounts in Genesis suggest about the roles of the sexes? Participants: Theologians Walter Brueggemann, John S. Kselman, Burton L. Visotzky, and Renita J. Weems; educator Roberta Hestenes; visual artist Hugh O'Donnell; and scholar Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg.

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