The Horoscope of Jesus – Dates of Birth and Death

Jesus Astrology

The topic of horoscopes, with reference to Jesus Christ, sparks debate. Some religious people regard astrological inquiry as impious or at least trivial. Others reason, to the contrary, that astrology may lay claim to truth from one vantage point. Jesus himself advised that “the truth will make you free” (John 8:32). Every branch of knowledge … Read more

The Prophet Ezekiel: Visionary and Shaman

prophet ezekiel visionary shaman

How shall we understand visionary experience? What is its function in the life of the biblical prophet? In this article, I will take a look at the prophet Ezekiel, whose florid mysticism verges, at times, on madness. I will suggest that the difference between mysticism and madness, in the context of biblical prophecy, has to … Read more

The Angel of Beauty: Gen 32:22-30

Jacob Wrestling the Angel

For I have seen God face to face and yet my life is preserved Gen 32:30 A friend named Irene lost her well-paid job in Silicon Valley, struggled for a couple of years to get another position, lamented as her bank balance rapidly declined, and ended up declaring bankruptcy. The low point in her life … Read more

The Female Jesus: Early Christian Visionaries

Female Jesus

Our devotional lives depend on the imagination. Through the imagination, God (or Spirit) appears to us in forms that arouse our yearnings and our curiosity. Why then is the contemporary imagination, pertaining to Jesus Christ, sometimes rather fixated on the maleness of Jesus? It was otherwise for early Christians. This article discusses a report, from … Read more