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Kat Armstrong: The In-Between Place

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Today one of my favorite authors, Kat Armstrong, launches her latest book, The In-Between Place. Kat is a powerful voice in our generation. She’s an innovative ministry leader and sought-after communicator who holds a master’s degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and is the author of No More Holding Back and The In-Between Place. She and her husband, Aaron, have been married for eighteen years and live in Dallas, Texas, with their son, Caleb. They attend Dallas Bible Church, where Aaron serves as the lead pastor.

I read her most recent book, The In-Between Place, and wrote this endorsement: Sometimes a place in the Bible’s narrative becomes like a character with a voice of its own. Shechem/Sychar is such a place. Dinah was raped in Shechem, and Jesus met “the woman at the well” there. In Kat’s new book she takes readers to this city in Samaria and …

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Samaritan Woman: Stay Away from Me?

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My Tapestry post for the week: 

received a question this week from a former student, Vernita, about the
Samaritan woman, whose story John records in the fourth chapter of his Gospel.

I’m looking for any credible historical data to support the statements I’ve
read in some commentaries which suggest the Samaritan woman was an outcast in
her society and came to the well later in the day than most women in order to
avoid the scorn of that crowd. Are you aware of any writings that specifically
and definitively state that, or would that be speculation based on what we know
about that society?
English translations tell us, “It was about noon” (Jn.
). The Greek says it was the sixth hour. Some take that to mean
from midnight—that is, 6 a.m. But because John elsewhere gives the time of
Jesus’s death as being about
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Women vs. Gender

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A major shift began to take place in history departments in the 1980s, when a scholar named Joan Scott wrote a seminal essay, “Gender: A Useful Category of Historical Analysis,” published in The American Historical Review. In it she called for historians to shift from focusing on “women’s studies” to focusing on “gender studies.” She was using the definition of gender favored by social historians—”the social organization of the relationship between the sexes.” (As an example, when our male African friend wore a pink watch in America, he discovered how gender norms may be socially organized vs. always biologically constructed.)

Scott’s interest lay less in studying sex differences than in exploring relationships of power. Such a shift, she felt, would broaden the field, allowing researchers to explore how societies have assigned roles to the biological differences and attributes of both men and women. And her idea caught on in

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