Choose Life, Deuteronomy 30

Our friends over at Queer Theology were talking about Deuteronomy 30:15-20 on their podcast this week. I start chapter 1 of OtherWise Christian: A Guidebook for Transgender Liberation with the same theme (specifically Deuteronomy 30:19):

I am now giving you the choice
between life and death,
between God’s blessing
and God’s curse,
and I call heaven and earth
to witness the choice you make.
Choose life.

Deuteronomy 30:19
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OtherWise Self-Defense, live chat and online course (weekly)

One of my goals with OtherWise Christian: A Guidebook for Transgender Liberation was to provide resources for self-defense against Christian trans-antagonism. However, the title, “OtherWise Christian” and my emphasis on the (Christian) Bible can get in the way–especially for those who have been most abused by Christian supremacy and trans-antagonism.

Nonetheless, I believe that this content is an important resource and I want to share it widely, especially with those who have been most impacted by Christian supremacy and trans-antagonism. So this fall, I will begin gathering folk online and moving through OtherWise Christian one chapter at a time–talking about concepts from the book and how they relate to Christian supremacy and transgender experience.

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Jael/Yael (Judges 4-5), 2019

It’s a Bible Bash weekend again! My friends, Peterson and Liam, are at it again, bringing new life to an ancient text. This time, they are talking about Yael (also a little bit about Deborah and others) and Judges 4-5. This is a story that I touch on in chapter 20 of OtherWise Christian: A Guidebook for Transgender Liberation, but this Bible Bash adds additional  insight and texture to the story. Continue reading “Jael/Yael (Judges 4-5), 2019”

Transgender and the (Christian) Bible

There was a post in a group recently from someone who had “heard about” the Ethiopian eunuch and transgender people. While I’ve been highlighting books, I didn’t (yet) have a “list,” so here’s mine (for a more comprehensive list of related resources, see the bibliography of OtherWise Christian)!

Click through on the links for what I’ve written about each one.

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Sexual Immorality, 2019

In Sunday’s LGBT Bible podcast, Brian Murphy and Fr Shannon Kearns take a look at Colossians 3:1-11. While this section isn’t one of the primary “clobber passages” around sexual orientation, the mention of “sexual immorality” does tend to get thrown around a lot.

In addition, Colossians 3:11 is one of those verses, like Galatians 3:28, that lists (and transcends) a bunch of identity binaries. I look at Galatians 3:28 specifically in chapter 22 of OtherWise Christian: A Guidebook to Transgender Liberation. The list in Colossians goes like this: Continue reading “Sexual Immorality, 2019”

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!

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Sodom and Gomorrah, 2019

In OtherWise Christian: A Guidebook for Transgender Liberation, I stick to gender and don’t rehearse arguments about “homosexuality in the Bible.” Instead, I list a few trusted resources in Appendix A for folk who want to explore those aspects. Queer Theology is one of those trusted resources.

The idea that the story of Sodom and Gomorrah is about the “sin of homosexuality” is another great example of how we have been bamboozled by an anti-OtherWise empire.  If you’ve heard people use “sodomite” or “Sodom and Gomorrah” as a weapon, it can be quite liberating to go back to the biblical text to see what it actually says.

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How the Bible Actually Works: In Which I Explain How an Ancient, Ambiguous, and Diverse Book Leads Us to Wisdom Rather Than Answers–and Why That’s Great News, 2019

Rachel Held Evans credits Peter Enns with being her teacher. When I asked around for resources related to reading the Bible again, Matthew Vines also recommended Dr. Enns. Dr Enns is Hebrew scripture scholar, but writes in a very accessible way with a self-deprecating wit, which you can see even in his ridiculous subtitle.

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Resisting Empire, 2019

The problem with having dear friends and colleagues with a podcast is that you kind of want to profile them every time they release a new episode! Apparently, you’re going to have to get used to it, because Peterson Toscano and Liam Hooper are at at it again!

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Ashpenaz the Chief Eunuch (Daniel 1), 2019

In chapter 16 (“A Flock of Eunuchs”) of OtherWise Christian: A Guidebook for Transgender Liberation, I mention Ashpenaz in passing as I describe the variety of eunuchs mentioned in the Hebrew Bible. Ashpenaz was the chief eunuch of the court in Baylon and took (the prophet) Daniel (of the lion’s den) under wing, along with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego (of the fiery furnace).

Peterson Toscano and Liam Hooper dig deeper into what we know about Ashpenaz in the 4th episode of their Bible Bash Podcast. While the Book of Daniel focuses a lot on Daniel, Peterson and Liam take the time to listen more carefully for what we might understand about Ashpenaz, rather than skimming right on past him as most do.
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