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Right when we need the solace of Scripture amidst the Middle East violence, the lectionary for this week includes one of the most barbaric stories in the entire Bible. It's a painful reminder that some of the violence in our world today is rooted in the violent texts of our religious traditions. Slaughtering your enemies and then celebrating it in poetry seems to have divine sanction. 

In Judges 4 a housewife named Jael defeats a king named Jabin by... Read more at