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Each night, after supper's over and baby's gone to bed, I take my oil lamp from the kitchen table and ascend the narrow, creaking stairs to my garret room. I plant by bum in the hard hickory chair, hunch over the scant rectangle of desk, and scribble feverishly on my manuscript.

So maybe I don't have an oil lamp or a garret room, but otherwise, that's a fairly accurate depiction of my night life. I'm interweaving stories about growing up in a messianic Jewish(ish) home with stories about Abraham, the spiritual ancestor of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. I write about my childhood home, our mishmash of Jewish and Protestant traditions, my father's loss of faith and my parents' divorce, and my search for spiritual and social identity in this vast, beautiful, complex world of many voices.


 

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Rebekah Devine is an aspiring writer, public theologian, and biblical scholar reading and writing from the quiet of her apartment in the suburbs of Philadelphia. She is Executive Assistant to activist Shane Claiborne at Red Letter Christians.

Rebekah is passionate about food: cooking it, serving it, eating it, and writing about its literary and theological significance in the Bible. She sees world hunger as a symptom and symbol of our larger problem of social inequity, and hopes her writings will serve as catalysts for people to think creatively about how to cultivate communities of nourishment and abundance where no one is without a home or food, and everyone has a seat at the table.

Rebekah holds a B.S. in Biblical Studies from Cairn University (2009), an M.Litt in Theology, Imagination, and the Arts from the University of St Andrews (2011), and an M.A. in Biblical Exegesis from Wheaton College (2015). Her CV is available here.

 

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