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” and extreme right wing disinformation in these three categories.

Past: women in antiquity and topics in New (Christian) Testament studies and archaeology and early church history;

Present: commentary on current social issues (from a decidedly progressive and feminist 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 Workshops and Retreats page for information on other offerings. I would welcome your invitation (use the Contact page to get in touch).

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