Recent lectures at East Carolina University's focused on putting religious books into context.
Asra Nomani, a journalist and practicing Muslim, spoke on women in the Muslim world on Monday while Amy-Jill Levine, a professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbuilt University in Nashville, Tenn., spoke on politics, homosexuality and the Bible on Tuesday.
“A text without a context is just a pretext to make it say anything you want,” Levine said. In this sense, “the Bible has been used as a rock to do damage instead of a rock on which you stand.”
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