RCAP has a new feature,"Conversations with Matua," this month managing to mix assault, incest and the prophet Amos. Matua is a rather useful Maori word for parent, not least because it is gender non-specific.
Barnabas Fund reacts to the change in Western Christian perceptions of Islam.
Christian Kiwis get kicked out of Morocco, but claim not to be missionaries. Isn't caring for orphans part of Christian mission? I think what they mean was that they weren't actively proselytising. But shaming Morocco by taking better care of its orphans than its Muslim society does is surely even more provocative.
John Hobbins continues an excellent series on slavery in the OT:
- The abolition of slavery in Leviticus 25: some preliminaries
- The abolition of slavery in Leviticus 25: more preliminaries
- The abolition of slavery in Leviticus 25
- Slavery per se is a cruel practice (Leviticus 25)
- Slavery according to the law collections of the Hebrew Bible
I know it seems like I am stalking Hobbins, but he really does blog a lot of good stuff, and this stuff (above) is really very important.
And perhaps most interestingly, a Zimbabwean tribe, the Lemba, have been genetically proven to share a common ancestor with the priestly Jewish line of Cohen, the ancestor they share dates back to around the time of ... wait for it ... Moses and Aaron! Assuming of course that they existed at all. [HT Chris]