Here's the question that motivates me: How do we tell the stories of our faith in such a way that others—particularly our children—don't have to re-traverse the same valley of shadows we've come through to retain faith?
Many parents have realized that if we share the stories of scripture with our children the way they were told to us, our kids could grow up as miseducated as we ourselves often feel. Why not equip them to chart new territory?
I invite you to join me in re-telling our stories. Submit your re-imaginings of the biblical narrative to the e-mail below, and let's see where God leads us.
Although we may intuitively recognize the need for a 'post-ism' articulation of the biblical narrative, it helps if we can prove a real market for it. Your activity on this blog does that. So don't neglect to invite friends!
Or share a story about sharing stories :-). We also welcome illustrative artwork from independent artists, suggestions on story resources (include age recommendations) and communal questions about cultivating faithfulness to the stories handed down.
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Targum—a common language, culturally-adapted, often non-literal paraphrase of scripture. Targumim were first written and used in synagogues during the times of Jewish exile as Aramaic began to replace Hebrew as the common language for Jews scattered throughout the Babylonian, Persian, Greek and then Roman territories.
Midrash—a Jewish tradition of using stories (and questions) to interpret the teachings of scripture. Midrashim often fill in gaps left in the biblical narrative regarding people, events and ideas that are only hinted at.
Sabbath (Shabbat)—a day of rest and remembrance. More often than not the term refers to the seventh day of the week on which, according to Jewish tradition, God rested after making all that is and sustains life. With Sabbath, God instituted the ideal (ethic) of creation having in it enough for all. This ideal became the center of the Jewish ethical system. To "keep Sabbath," as the scriptures command, is to embrace and embody God's provision not just for one's self, but also for one's family, friends, neighbors, strangers, enemies and the rest of creation.
Shalom—God's active attempts through us and despite us to restore the ethic of Sabbath for all creation. Literally, shalom means "peace" and "completeness". Shalom is also used as a synonym for justice. As a metaphor, it can be thought of as God's hopes, dreams and desires for the good of all creation, as in "Peace on earth; goodwill to all," which the angels sang at the birth of Jesus.