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Health Update and Book Meme – Shawna R. B. Atteberry
Feb 092008

I went to my OB-GYN and had an ultrasound done this week. It looks like the lump I found is an enlarged lymph gland. It has nothing to do with my breast; it is under the pectoral muscle. I have made an appointment with my primary care doctor to see what she thinks we should do. I see her Feb. 22. Thank you for all you prayers, comments, and emails.

Julie tagged me to do this book meme:

Pick up the nearest book of 123 pages or more. No cheating!
Find Page 123.
Find the first 5 sentences.
Post the next 3 sentences.
Tag 5 people.

The book nearest me did not have 123 pages: Carol Meyers’ Households And Holiness: The Religious Culture Of Israelite Women (Facets). But the book under it does: Phyllis Bird’s Missing Persons and Mistaken Identities (Overtures to Biblical Theology) (I’m doing sociological research for Career Women of the Bible). I had to go to page 124 because 123 only has two sentences. It’s a title page with a lot of footnotes.

A legacy of the long and intense theological interest in the imago Dei has been an atominzing and reductionist approach to the passage, in which the attention is focused on a single phrase or clause, severing it from its immediate context and from its context within the larger composition, a fixation and fragmentation which has affected exegetical as well as dogmatic discussion. A further legacy of this history of speculation has been the establishment of a tradition of theological inquiry and argument with a corresponding body of knoweldge and norms separate from, and largely independent of, exegetical scholarship on the same passage. The rise of a biblical science distinct from dogmatic theology resulted in a dual history of scholarship on the passage with little significant dialogue between the respective specialists.

Now you know why it’s been awhile since you saw any original posts from me. Between this and sermons, I haven’t had much time. The other books I’m reading right now are Carol Meyers Discovering Eve: Ancient Israelite Women in Context and Carolyn Osiex and Maragret MacDonald’s A Woman’s Place: House Churches In Earliest Christianity. If you want to do the meme consider yourself tagged.

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