On Preaching the Rape Texts, with Jen Pollock Michel

Jen Pollock Michel joins Matt, Derek, and Alastair to discuss the troubling — and important — passages of Scripture that deal with sexual violence.

Jen Pollock Michel, writer and Mere Fidelity listener, sent in an important and challenging question by email: There are several passages in the Bible that deal with scenarios of sexual violence. What is the best way to preach these texts, without traumatizing or triggering the congregation? We decided to not only address this question on the show but bring her directly on as a guest to talk about it.

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Jen Pollock Michel’s website

Dinah’s Lament: The Biblical Legacy of Sexual Violence in Christian Interpretation, by Joy Schroeder

Rachael Denhollander

Passages referenced:

Dinah: Genesis 34

Lot’s Daughters: Genesis 19

The Levite’s Concubine: Judges 19

Hagar: Genesis 15-16

Bathsheba: II Samuel 11-12

Tamar: II Samuel 13

The Book of the Month is All Thy Lights Combine: Figural Reading in the Anglican Tradition. Figural interpretation has been a trademark of Anglican devotions from the beginning. Anglican readers—including Tyndale, Cranmer, Hooker, and Lewis—have been figural readers of the Bible. Edited by David Ney and Ephraim Radner, the essays in All Thy Lights Combine explore how the Anglican tradition has employed figural interpretation to theological, Christological, and pastoral ends.


Introducing Jen Pollock Michel
The "Rape Texts"
Considering the Context
The Wrongness of Rape
Narrativity and Normativity
Reading the Bible Literarily
Trauma, Triggers, and Healing
God sees the victims.

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