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"Crazy Book" shares the lighter side of the Bible

crazy_bookEver thought of the Exile as a 40-year timeout? Did you know Mary Magdelene’s pet peeve is artists who paint her as “that kind of woman”? And has it ever occurred to you that it would be cool if the Salome said to have been at Jesus’ tomb was the very same Salome who bumped off John the Baptist?

The authors of “Crazy Book” have put a lot of thought into questions like these.

This “not-so-stuffy dictionary of biblical terms” was written by assistant religion profs Hans Wiersma and Karl Jacobson, and Karl’s brother Rolf, an associate professor at Luther Seminary.

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Christensen Symposium Sept. 24 and 25

rolfjacobsenThe Bernhard M. Christensen Symposium will be held Sept. 24 and 25, with speaker Dr. Rolf Jacobson, writer and educator.  Jacobson is an associate professor of Old Testament at Luther Seminary and associate editor of “Word and World.”  He also taught at Augsburg College from 2000-2003.

Jacobson’s two-day theme is “Everyday Life in Light of the Gospel.”

Sept. 24, 7:30 p.m. “Why Do You Weep?” Sadness, Grief and the Gospel

Sept. 25, 11 a.m. “How Can I keep From Singing?” Laughter, Joy and the Gospel

Both events are free and open to the public and will be held in Hoversten Chapel.