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Author Archive: Barbara Roberts

Malachi 2:16, ancient versions and English translations, and how they apply to domestic abuse — a paper by Barbara Roberts

The translation and application of Malachi 2:16 is very significant when dealing with domestic abuse. I have published a paper Malachi 2:16, ancient versions and English translations, and how they apply to domestic abuse. The paper examines and compares the ancient textual witnesses to that verse, how the verse has been variously translated into English, …

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Translations of Malachi 2:16 – Appendix 7 in the first edition of “Not Under Bondage”

I am publishing this material here because I decided to remove it from the revised edition of my book Not Under Bondage in order to make room for other things. I did not want the revised edition to have more pages than the first edition. To increase the page length would have required an expensive …

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The abuser – at home and in leadership

The abuser contaminates his moral character. Harsh cruelty is the fabric, the warp and weft, of his thoughts. He scorns his marriage promises. If he has a position of authority, he scorns his responsibility to those he leads. Malevolence permeates his thoughts. He engrosses his moral character with wickedness. And if he refuses to set …

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Malachi 2:16 – Academic paper by Barbara Roberts

I have nearly completed a paper on Malachi 2:16 which I intend to publish at independent.academia.edu/BarbaraRoberts3. UPDATE (13 Nov 2020): The paper is now published. Read it here: Malachi 2:16, ancient versions and English translations, and how they apply to domestic abuse The paper will present the results of my research on the translation of …

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For the Kingdom! — Hadassah Lily Darling’s abuse story

When survivors of abuse tell their stories, it helps other survivors learn and grow. Back in 2018 we published a guest post For the Kingdom! – A survivor of domestic abuse tells her story. She used a different pseudonym then. She set up a blog called Hadassah’s Legacy, but she has now removed the blog and …

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If a man hates his wife he should set her free from the marriage. That’s what Malachi 2:16 says.

Many Christians believe that God hates divorce. This mistaken idea comes from mis-translations of Malachi 2:16. I have been rebutting the idea that ‘God hates divorce’ since 2008. I wrote about it in my book Not Under Bondage. I am in the process of revising my book and the chapter on Malachi will be entirely …

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