Jonah, 2019

Not only do I get to rave (again) about the Bible Bash podcast and my buddies, Liam and Peterson, but today, I also get to highlight them gathering together with another beloved, Joy Ladin, to talk about Jonah and an excerpt from The Soul of the Stranger: Reading God and Torah from a Transgender Perspective!

So the latest Bible Bash episode is the first one with a special guest. Peterson being the seasoned ally that he is has offered his spot in their story-telling rotation. So Joy comes on the show and reads from her book’s introduction.

Joy’s reading of the Jonah story is so powerful and poignant that I have to give it a content warning for discussion of suicidality. It’s hard to imagine both Liam and Peterson nearly speechless, but such is the power of Joy Ladin’s reading of scripture!

I also love how Joy’s expertise as an English professor shines through when you get her talking about scripture. Left to my own devices, I wouldn’t really think of scripture as literature. I mean, obviously it is, but this is another one of those ways that familiarity breeds a certain distance or skewed perception. However, the Bible is actually lots of books and lots of different kinds of literature.

Being Transgender, Being Human — Joy Ladin and The Book of Jonah

Anyhow, naming Jonah the book as a comedic and Jonah the prophet as a “spiritual doofus” are just two small elaborations that Joy offers in this conversation, which she says is the first time she has discussed her reading of Jonah out loud.

Highly recommended!

Compiled by Mx. Chris Paige on July 31, 2019.

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