“People had told me Jack Levison was a great teacher, and when I read this book I realized why. His excitement is infectious; he tells a great story; he sets little-known biblical passages on fire and drills down to unimagined depths in well-known ones. He has a boyish enthusiasm, but his account of the holy spirit—and what the spirit […]
In Jolo, West Virginia, there are members of a small Christian church who handle live, poisonous snakes. The snake handlers believe the snakes can’t hurt them, because they’re protected by something called “the spirit.” The notion of the spirit goes back to some of the earliest documented religions, and Jack Levison believes the spirit acts […]
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If it were not an objectionable pun, I would say that Levison’s tour de force is breathtaking in its scope, depth, and erudition. He has written a book that opens up new vistas of interpretation beyond all our settled categories in both Judaism and Christianity. He moves readily between the Judaism of Philo and the Christian […]
Dr. Priscilla Pope-Levison and I were privileged to speak at Trinity Western University’s Gender Studies Institute on March 31, 2011. Our talk, entitled, “Three Waves of Feminism, One Bible” explored feminism in its three waves from the late nineteenth century to the present, have considered the Bible to be a critical text both for and against women’s liberation. […]