Studying lectionary texts? Here are some starting places for study at ATLA this week. If you are the graduate of an accredited U.S. theological school, you may have free access to these articles through your school. Check ATLAS access options. You can find full lists of ATLAS recommended articles for this week at The Text This Week's page for this week's texts:
"Women play an integral role in Mark's proclamation of the good news. The Gospel uses the women to encourage the audience to follow Jesus in discipleship. With the women, we too are called to enjoy the blesings of the kingdom, to be of service to those with less power, and perhaps to undergo persecution for following the way of God."
"This brief lectionary reading gives us a new opportunity to reflect as individuals as well as to raise the question within our faith communities: 'Are you scribes gone awry?' Jesusasks us. 'Have you got good religion?' Is your religion rooted in empire values and false images of power? Is your religion an exploiter of the poor, abuser of women, castigator of children? Does your religion support the oppressor and abandon the marginalized?"
"By Christ's intercession we are drawn toward God. We are on the way. We struggle with injustice and the problems of our world. We strive to avoid sin ourselves and to encourage others. All this we do, looking to God, so that the world may not be so alien a place, and so that we may be on the way. And yet, we remain strangers, aliens, wanderers away from home..."
"In this study I aim to identify and define a convention of biblical literature I call teh betrothal jourey narrative..."