Welcome to my website and blog! For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Valerie A. Abrahamsen, a Harvard-trained New Testament scholar, and I’ll be writing generally about three topics – words of wisdom, as it were, from the Past, the Present and the Future. Among my primary principles is that I do not merely state my opinions or feelings but support my arguments with facts and evidence; in part, I am in the business of combating “fake news” in these three categories.
Past: women in antiquity and topics in New Testament studies and archaeology and early church history;
Present: commentary on current social issues (from a decidedly progressive perspective); and
Future: the afterlife, evidence for the survival of the individual soul after death, and what this means for us in our physical lives.
In Resources, you can find more information about me and my areas of expertise, as well as links to organizations of interest.
Events. I am available in the New England area to do book readings of Paranormal, as well as talks and lectures in adult education, senior residential, preparatory school and college settings on various topics in the Past category. Also, check out the Chant Workshop page for information on sponsoring an interactive workshop geared toward enhancing participants’ spirituality by chanting the Daily Office using the 1982 Episcopal Hymnal. I would welcome your invitation (use the Contact page to get in touch)!