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Moses 603,550 Fighting Men

The Book of Numbers, the fourth book of the Torah (Pentateuch, Five Books of Moses), deals with numbers, all sorts of numbers, including how many Israelites departed Egypt with Moses for the Promised Land. Numbers 1:45-6 notes that Moses had 603,550 men from twenty years of age and upward able to go forth to war. […]

Turn and Turn Again: The Study of Religious Practices

Several recent academic works suggest that there is currently a “turn” to practices in religious and theological scholarship.  “Turns” are usually (re)turns, correcting for the excesses of earlier turns.  (Re) focusing on religious practice is really more common sense than a new approach.  Religion involves practices, beliefs, ideas, objects everything connected with human living has […]

Rituals within Christian practice

“You See the Prophet Laid On Top of Me”: TON3X, Bishop Jackson, and Pentecostal Narratives on Body-to Body Prostration Through the 2009 “Unspoken” recording, the artist formerly known as TON3X stimulated repressed conversation about longstanding peculiar narratives within Christian rituals. On the track “Sneeze,” in particular, TON3X explores the queer, homoerotic, and questionable nature of […]