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Melissa Harris-Perry (no relation) wrote this piece in The Nation  in 2010 that opens a conversation I'm deeply interested in: the importance of progressive approaches to the study of sacred texts and religion. Both of my books - on Moses and Leviticus - are attempts to create examples of this kind of Bible study that are readable and scholarly. 

Harris-Perry is a professor of political science at Tulane University in New Orleans. There, she became the founding director of the Project on Gender, Race, and Politics in the South. She is author of Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America. 

My own discovery and practice of progressive methods of sacred text study took place at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia. I'm interested in hearing from readers about online communities dedicated to liberal / progressive approaches to sacred text study (in any religion).

 



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