Biblical Studies

A terribly and sadly ironic Christian tradition

Commenting on Ephesians 5:22-33, John Dominic Crossan notes:

What is most striking about these instructions … is their mutuality and reciprocity. We seem to have spent much more Christian time debating the details of wifely obedience than discussing the details of husbandly self-sacrifice …. It is surely terribly and sadly ironic that Christian tradition demanded subjection from wives and then, rather than demanding self-sacrifice from husbands, transferred that obligation to wives as well.

Well spoken! Once again, this is from God and Empire: Jesus against Rome, Then and Now.

Random thoughts

One key difference between the sexes

In his new book Levels of Life, which, among other things, is about the beginnings of photography, Julian Barnes comments on ‘one key difference between the sexes’:

when a couple who had been jointly photographed returned to examine their proofs, the wife always looked first at the portrait of her husband – and so did the husband.

Anything wrong with that?

Barnes continues that ‘most were inevitably disappointed when they finally saw a true image of themselves’. And I can relate to that, too.