Scripture → Hebrew-scripture

Proverbs 31, 10-31: A Meditation

November 2, 2021

Evergreen Place, Greencroft Retirement Assisted Living – Sept. 16, 2021 Today we examine a text from the Wisdom portion of Bible content, from the book titled Proverbs. You will recall that some Bible content reports on history, the story over a period of time of God relating with people. Other sections focus on law or […]


July 3, 2021

Presented at Vespers, Goshen College, 4-8-90 This meditation appears in Decades of Feminist Writing, DYN, self-published 2020 I am always amazed to learn about original meanings of words, symbols or events within Israel or the early church. Such learning happened this week when I studied the cry “Hosanna” and the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. […]

Sarah and Hagar – On Reconstructing their Story

November 13, 2020

(What truth will children be told?) This article appeared in Decades of Feminist Writing self-published in 2020, 16-23. To learn about scripture is a sacred task, a task to be shared by all who claim it. The task shapes and expresses spiritual being. Texts deserve to be known as early hearers knew them, as current […]

Segments of Esther’s Story: Poetic Reading for Youth

November 12, 2020

Excerpts of a longer created piece, this reading, appears in Decades of Feminist Writing, self-published 2020, 51-59. A second, related article titled “If You Keep Silent at Such a Time as This . . .” follows here. This piece appeared in the CPT (Christian Peacemaker Teams) Signs of the Times of March 1991. The biblical […]

“Crying ‘Peace/Peace,’ when there is no Peace.”

November 3, 2020

Jeremiah. 6:14 This speech was first presented with the All-India Mennonite Women’s Retreat, 1998. It appears in Decades of Feminist Writing, self-published, 2020, 250-52. In this session of the Mennonite women’s retreat in India, we think about another context where women long to know peace—the home. Our theme is too complex to offer simple solutions. We […]

Jonah’s Prophetic Case

October 21, 2020

This article was first published in Gospel Herald, 83/12, March 20 1990, 193-95. It appears here with permission. “Then the word of the LORD came to Jonah the second time, saying, ‘Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and proclaim to it the message that I tell you.’” (Jonah 3:1-2) Is there a word in […]

Probing the Shape of Syncretism Known to Jeremiah

October 17, 2020

This chapter appears in Decades of Feminist Writing, DYN self-published, 2020 With this biblical study of prophet Jeremiah’s content from Hebrew Scripture, I hope that readers discover something of the religious experience of the people with whom he engaged. Questions emerge: Why did Jeremiah need to present a message of renewal? Was his call for […]

“Naomi and Ruth: From Death to Life” – A Musical

October 5, 2020

Dorothy Yoder Nyce, Lyrics and Narration; Peggy Jenks, Music Composer Created when Staff members at Kodaikanal International School, south India, 1986 First seen through production with KIS Middle School students This chapter appears in Decades of Feminist Writing, DYN self-published, 2020 During the 1976-77 school year our family lived in Cambridge, MA, the four of […]

Deuteronomy – II Kings — All References to Women

Names, Titles, Positions, Sexual partner, Equality between sexes, Life storiesGathered from RSV for seminary course 1972 This chapter appears in Decades of Feminist Writing, DYN self-published 2020 Due attention to and respect for Christianity’s Jewish heritage and Jesus’ life-long commitment to Judaism has been overlooked by many Christians. Gathered data like what follows helps a […]

Human Creation Accounts in Genesis 1–3

September 29, 2020

Human Creation Accounts in Genesis 1–3 A quote of writer and scholar Virginia Woolf has hung near my desk for decades. It states: “To have by nature a point of view. To stick to it. To follow it where it leads is the rarest of possessions and lends value even to trifles.” For decades, that […]