Abraham: A short bio

 I will indeed bless you, and I will make your offspring as numerous as the stars of  heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore.  Genesis 22:17   The mists of legend and pre-history shroud the p...

Get up and go!

As a diocese, we have been working through the exodus story all year. It is Abraham who prefigures that story and sets the stage for it. Centuries before his descendants begin their sojourn in Egypt, Abraham is...

Man of faith or yes-man?

In the book of Genesis, God tells Abraham to get up and leave his home and everything he knows for the promise of many heirs, and Abraham does it. After years of waiting, God finally delivers on that promise an...

Abraham and Moses: Lessons from our Big Read

“The mind and heart of God are vulnerable to the pleas and arguments of human creatures,” declared Dr. Terence Fretheim, as we gathered for the Exodus Colloquium to wrap up our months long study of Exodus on Ap...

Mount Moriah

Sarah is one of those Biblical figures who just doesn’t get a good ending. In Chapter 21 of Genesis Sarah becomes jealous of her slave girl Hagar, who is the mother of Ishmael, Abraham’s firstborn son. So she ...

Another look at Abraham: A story and its uses

First, a disclaimer – I want to push a book by a good friend. Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin is an astute observer of all things that connect holiness and daily life. He is a scholar and a storyteller - in near equal mea...

Abrahamic Religions – a comparison

Christianity, Islam, and Judaism are three of the most influential world religions in history. While Judaism isn't as large as Christianity and Islam, its impact on the world has still been as profound. Judaism...