What I'm reading *

I've always read. While growing up, reading was a refuge when I found life too unpleasant or stressful. Consequently I've bought a lot of books over time as well.

Now that I'm no longer in the rich corporate phase of my life I've rediscovered the library. Dayton's library may be maligned by some but is still a great resource. One type of book I like to read is gay fiction and I was surprised to see a lot of it in the Dayton library's catalog. Plus you can even ask them to buy particular titles, and they will!

Below you can see the five most recent books either that I'm reading or that I've acquired. You can search my books, or you can see all my books. Also my classes page has links back to this page for the books for each class.

Date: 2004-04-18

Title Author
2004-04-18 0829814477 Queer Commentary and the Hebrew Bible Stone, Ken (editor)  
  I bought this book at this weekend's Alliance of Baptists convocation. Downtown Dayton doesn't have a bookstore any more, but even when it did, Wilkie's and Bookfriends didn't have the widest selection of queer books (they did have some) and certainly not much on queer theology.

My friend Lisa Wolfe, who is Assistant Professor of Old Testament at United Theological Seminary, talked a few weeks ago during book group about The Woman's Bible by Elizabeth Cady Stanton. This book isn't quite the queer version of that but does seem to offer a queer pespective on the Old Testament.
2004-04-18 082981535X The Man Jesus Loved: Homoerotic Narratives... Jennings, Theodore W., Jr.  
  I bought this book at the same time I bought Queer Commentary and the Hebrew Bible, sort of as a complement since this focuses on Jesus and the New Testament. I think I'll find both these books interesting, not because I need anti-gay verses in the Bible to be explained away (I don't, since I don't believe the Bible is the literal word of God but rather human interpretation) but because seeing how to view the Bible through a gay hermeneutic (a term often used in theological discussions that I learned from Lisa Wolfe; it means roughly lens or perspective) isn't something I've done much.

(More about what I think about this book is in this blog entry.)

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