Cross In the Beginning . . . The Presence in the Midst

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Isaac and Ishmael

Thanks to my friend Tom Clark (a.k.a. "Dr. Snowflake") I've been doing a lot of biblical study of Genesis passages pertaining to Isaac and Ishmael (Gen 16, 21:1-21, 25:12-18). This study has led me to want to read the relevant passages in the Qur'an, so I'm working on learning enough Arabic to follow along. The two main websites I've been using are Babel : Arabic and IslamiCity. The first gives a very nice introduction to the alphabet, pronunciation with sound recordings(Egyptian), vocabulary and grammar; the second provides an easy-to-read text, English translation, and sound recordings of the Qur'an, Surah by Surah. Anyone out there who has experience learning Qur'anic Arabic from a base of English and biblical Hebrew, OR anyone with an interest in the Qur'an vs Hebrew Bible texts about Ishmael and Isaac, please EMail me at I've finally managed to get one of Tom's biblically oriented snowflake videos online. Here is also a scan of a single snowflake.

Books That Have Been on My Mind Lately - Well not all that recently; I need to update this section!

Michael Willett Newheart's Word and Soul: A Psychological, Literary, and Cultural Reading of the Fourth Gospel.

Metaphors We Live By, by George Lakoff and Mark Johnson (University of Chicago, 1980).
This book has been on my shelf for years and I'm just now getting around to really engaging it. Powerful stuff: we humans can't conceptualize much of anything without some sort of metaphor to plug us into a familiar gestalt. There's a worthwhile piece about Lakoff's latest book, and an interview with him, at "'Philosophy in the Flesh,' A Talk With George Lakoff." A great companion piece is from the August 1991 Friends Journal, "A Question about Peace: All is not well in garden of language" by George E. Keenen. I'm hoping to get permission to post this article on the web.

A Turn in the South, by V.S. Naipaul (Knopf, 1989).
Naipaul is one of my favorite authors; he grew up in Trinidad, to which his family had immigrated from India. He was educated at Oxford and has lived most of his life in Britain. He travels and writes about all sorts of international, intercultural subjects, and has a keen eye, insightful mind and truly cross-cultural perspective. This book is about the U.S. South, and describes Southern people, history, and culture by way of many very particular individuals.

Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America, by David Hackett Fischer (New York: Oxford University Press, 1989).
I've seen this weighty tome at the library and heard it mentioned in Quaker circles for years, but just recently got around to reading it. It's "cultural history" and describes the history, culture, and outcomes of 4 distinct groups of British immigrants to what is now the United States:

Abortion & the Politics of Motherhood, by Kristin Luker (Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1984).
This is a book I keep coming back to. Even though a lot of the specifics are out of date, it really helps the reader get a feel for the different worldviews that go with opposing opinions about abortion. I've also recently been reading Luker's Dubious Conceptions: The Politics of Teenage Pregnancy (Harvard, 1996).


25 Facts about the Dead Sea Scrolls

Web Authoring

I've been learning html and putting up web pages for myself and others at an accelerating pace. I'd love to hear from others who find themselves similarly situated.. Here are some of my recent efforts, in addition to this Peace Church Bible Study Home Page of course:

Friends Theological College, Kaimosi, Kenya

Quaker Theological Discussion Group

My Bethany Seminary page - course materials for New Testament Greek, Intro to Biblical Studies, and other courses I'm scheduled to teach

Friendly Bible Study Online version of Joanne & Larry Spears pamphlet, long popular among Friends. I'm hoping to get permission to post others of my favorite print resources for public use.

Lake Erie Yearly Meeting Bible Study notes June 2002; unfortunately I haven't gotten around to posting the handouts for subsequent years. And I stopped leading the Bible Studies a few years ago.

Workshop materials for the "Vocal Ministry and the Bible" workshop I presented at a Friends conference September 2002.

Must Be A Different Susan Jeffers

1. Susan Jeffers the Childrens Book Illustrator. A couple of the books she's illustrated: Mc Duff's New Friend | Hiawatha

2. Susan Jeffers the Workshop Leader and Self Help Book Author. My favorite title is "Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway!" -- and then there's "I'm OK, You're a Brat!"

3. Susan Jeffers the British soap opera character; she appears in Coronation Street, "the most popular soap opera in Britain."

4. Susan Jeffers the Registered Nurse coordinating cancer drug trials -- or she was back in about 1996 anyway!

5. Susan Jeffers b. 1816 in Kentucky and who knows how many more of us there are and have been?

The Real Me

Susan relaxing at homeSusan goes to schoolSusan in the kitchen

Lego-esque self-portraits produced with the help of the "Mini-Mizer: Picture Yourself in Plastic" tool.

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