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Christine Valters Paintner

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Christine Valters Paintner is the online Abbess at, a virtual monastery without walls offering a variety of classes in contemplative practice and creative expression and the author of twelve books on spirituality, contemplative practice, and creative expression.She is a Benedictine Oblate, poet, writer, spiritual director, retreat facilitator, teacher, and pilgrimage guide. Her fields of expertise include Christian spiritual practices, monastic spirituality, and the expressive arts. Christine earned her PhD in Christian Spirituality from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley and her professional...

Carmen Joy Imes

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My career in Biblical Studies began in 2nd grade, when I gathered my friends on the playground during recess to begin a Bible read-through. I never really moved on to other interests, though I'm curious about nearly everything! I earned a BA in Bible/Theology (Multnomah University) , an MA in Biblical Studies (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) , and a PhD in Biblical Theology with a concentration in Old Testament (Wheaton College) . I teach Old Testament at Prairie College in Alberta. Current areas of scholarly research include Exodus, the Sinai narratives, clothing in the Hebrew Bible, metaphor in the Bible,...