Lecture: How Many Books of Esther Do We Have?

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My friend Szi-chieh Yu helpfully introduced me to this wonderful website called the Bible Project. It contains many beautiful animated videos that render biblical stories accessible to everyone, everywhere. (more…)

Film Review: Noah Within and Beyond the Bible

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SPOILER ALERT!

The award-winning director Darren Aronofsky has recently transformed a biblical epic into a blockbuster film – “Noah”. Since I had enjoyed his “Black Swan” a lot, I went to watch “Noah” with a lot of expectations. Again, I was not disappointed. “Noah” has the breath-taking scenery, dramatic plot, and above all complex characters. Some of my friends have also watched it. They ask me what I think of this film in relation to the Bible. For them, a natural curiosity is whether this film is biblical or not. For me, this film offers a good opportunity to discuss the open nature of the biblical texts, which often offer gaps for transformations and reinterpretations. (more…)