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My Take: The danger of calling behavior ‘biblical’
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November 17th, 2012
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My Take: The danger of calling behavior ‘biblical’

Editor's Note: Rachel Held Evans is a popular blogger from Dayton, Tennessee, and author of “A Year of Biblical Womanhood.”

By Rachel Held Evans, Special to CNN

On "The Daily Show" recently, Jon Stewart grilled Mike Huckabee about a TV ad in which Huckabee urged voters to support “biblical values” at the voting box.

When Huckabee said that he supported the “biblical model of marriage,” Stewart shot back that “the biblical model of marriage is polygamy.”

And there’s a big problem, Stewart went on, with reducing “biblical values” to one or two social issues such as abortion and gay marriage, while ignoring issues such as poverty and immigration reform.

It may come as some surprise that as an evangelical Christian, I cheered Stewart on from my living room couch.

As someone who loves the Bible and believes it to be the inspired word of God, I hate seeing it reduced to an adjective like Huckabee did. I hate seeing my sacred text flattened out, edited down and used as a prop to support a select few political positions and platforms.

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And yet evangelicals have grown so accustomed to talking about the Bible this way that we hardly realize we’re doing it anymore. We talk about “biblical families,” “biblical marriage,” “biblical economics,” “biblical politics,” “biblical values,” “biblical stewardship,” “biblical voting,” “biblical manhood,” “biblical womanhood,” even “biblical dating” to create the impression that the Bible has just one thing to say on each of these topics - that it offers a single prescriptive formula for how people of faith ought to respond to them.

But the Bible is not a position paper. The Bible is an ancient collection of letters, laws, poetry, proverbs, histories, prophecies, philosophy and stories spanning multiple genres and assembled over thousands of years in cultures very different from our own.

When we turn the Bible into an adjective and stick it in front of another loaded word, we tend to ignore or downplay the parts of the Bible that don’t quite fit our preferences and presuppositions. In an attempt to simplify, we force the Bible’s cacophony of voices into a single tone and turn a complicated, beautiful, and diverse holy text into a list of bullet points we can put in a manifesto or creed. More often than not, we end up more committed to what we want the Bible to say than what it actually says.

Nowhere is this more evident than in conversations surrounding “biblical womanhood.”

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Growing up in the Bible Belt, I received a lot of mixed messages about the appropriate roles of women in the home, the church and society, each punctuated with the claim that this or that lifestyle represented true “biblical womanhood.”

In my faith community, popular women pastors such as Joyce Meyer were considered unbiblical for preaching from the pulpit in violation of the apostle Paul's restriction in 1 Timothy 2:12 ("I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent"), while Amish women were considered legalistic for covering their heads in compliance with his instructions in 1 Corinthians 11:5 ("Every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head").

Pastors told wives to submit to their husbands as the apostle Peter instructed in 1 Peter 3:1, but rarely told them to avoid wearing nice jewelry as the apostle instructs them just one sentence later in 1 Peter 3:3. Despite the fact that being single was praised by both Jesus and Paul, I learned early on that marriage and motherhood were my highest callings, and that Proverbs 31 required I keep a home as tidy as June Cleaver's.

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This didn’t really trouble me until adulthood, when I found myself in a childless egalitarian marriage with a blossoming career and an interest in church leadership and biblical studies. As I wrestled with what it meant to be a woman of faith, I realized that, despite insistent claims that we don’t “pick and choose” from the Bible, any claim to a “biblical” lifestyle requires some serious selectivity.

After all, technically speaking, it is “biblical” for a woman to be sold by her father to pay off debt, “biblical” for a woman to be required to marry her rapist, “biblical” for her to be one of many wives.

So why are some Bible passages lifted out and declared “biblical,” while others are explained away or simply ignored? Does the Bible really present a single prescriptive lifestyle for all women?

These were the questions that inspired me to take a page from A.J. Jacobs, author of "The Year of Living Biblically", and try true biblical womanhood on for size—literally, no “picking and choosing."

This meant, among other things, growing out my hair, making my own clothes, covering my head whenever I prayed, abstaining from gossip, remaining silent in church (unless I was “prophesying,” of course), calling my husband "master,” even camping out in my front yard during my period to observe the Levitical purity laws that rendered me unclean.

During my yearlong experiment, I interviewed a variety of women practicing biblical womanhood in different ways — an Orthodox Jew, an Amish housewife, even a polygamist family - and I combed through every commentary I could find, reexamining the stories of biblical women such as Deborah, Ruth, Hagar, Tamar, Mary Magdalene, Priscilla and Junia.

My goal was to playfully challenge this idea that the Bible prescribes a single lifestyle for how to be a woman of faith, and in so doing, playfully challenge our overuse of the term “biblical.” I did this not out of disdain for Scripture, but out of love for it, out of respect for the fact that interpreting and applying the Bible is a messy, imperfect and - at times - frustrating process that requires humility and grace as we wrestle the text together.

The fact of the matter is, we all pick and choose. We’re all selective in our interpretation and application of the biblical text. The better question to ask one another is why we pick and choose the way that we do, why we emphasis some passages and not others. This, I believe, will elevate the conversation so that we’re using the Bible, not as a blunt weapon, but as a starting point for dialogue.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Rachel Held Evans.

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soundoff (4,657 Responses)
  1. Astra Navigo

    Huckabee is a moron. You can look up his response to Rick Mercer, the Canadian comic (who asked him if he knew that Canada had managed to save its National Igloo) on YouTube.

    Probably the worst example a Christian can use – if he or she wants a spokesperson for 'Biblical behavior'.

    The real question we should be asking: Why is any of this even relevant?

    November 18, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
    • Bostontola

      Because billions of people believe one of these stories or another, and many are willing to kill people who disagree.

      November 18, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
    • GAW

      ....or seek peace and care for the poor.

      November 18, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
    • Bostontola

      GAW, agreed.

      November 18, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
    • GAW

      It goes both ways.

      November 18, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
  2. ewjones

    You left out the ignorance of being biblical. Belief (which religion is) blocks the flow of religion leaving only followers who read a book to find out how to live. It is failure repeating an already failed word. Our history needs to be left as our history, we however, just repeat it. That is insanity in action.

    November 18, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
  3. David

    How about the Koran its followers?

    November 18, 2012 at 12:50 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      How 'bout 'em!

      November 18, 2012 at 12:51 pm |
  4. NotEvangelical

    Everything in the Bible is subject to interpretation. Everything. The way I look at it, I need to wrestle with the difficult parts, and allow the text to change me. I don't get to change the text to fit my beliefs. If I really want to understand it as written, then I better learn ancient Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic. Even that won't be enough.
    I like this article. She's really pointing out, clearly, the inherent difficulties in defining anything as "Biblical". If her story makes you uncomfortable, maybe it's because she's pointing out your failings and lack of understanding.

    November 18, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      Why, when you read the Bible, are you not left in awe? Why doesn't a book written by an omniscient being leave you with a sense of wonder and amazement? If you are reading a book written by the all-powerful, all-knowing, all-loving creator of the universe, wouldn't you expect to be stunned by the brilliance, the clarity and the wisdom of the author? Would you not expect each new page to intoxicate you with its incredible prose and its spectacular insight? Wouldn't you expect the author to tell us things that scientists have not been able to discover yet?

      Yet, when we open the Bible and actually read it, we find it is nothing like that at all. Instead of leaving us in awe, it leaves us dumbfounded by all of the nonsense and backwardness that it contains. If you read what the Bible actually says, you find that the Bible is ridiculous. The Bible is a book written thousands of years ago by primitive men. A book that advocates senseless murder, slavery and the oppression of women.

      November 18, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
    • tony

      Where does it tell our children the dangers of believing stories by disguised pedophiles on the internet?

      November 18, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
    • Mickey1313

      Applebush,exactly. If it were the inspired word of god, than their would be no need to interpret it. It would be crystal clear. It is a cult book written by sycophants, nothing more.

      November 18, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
    • GAW

      Al feeling of awe can come from reading anything or from watching a movie. Plus I have to add the question if the Bible is God's inspired inerrant word than why did so many textual errors find their way into the text? And there are thousands of them. Many of them may be minor errors but still.

      November 18, 2012 at 1:01 pm |
  5. Kathy

    This article supports the value in having learned individuals interpret the Bible, using the historical context. It is so destructive to have the ignorant clergy, and many others, interpret to support their own positions. I live in the South and am very tired of the political rhetoric around what is Biblical. Ultimately we make our own decisions, but I see so many around me using a literal interpretation. This becomes a huge problem when they then try to impose their views on others.

    November 18, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      Why would God's message to humanity need to be interpreted? The almighty can't write something coherant? lol

      November 18, 2012 at 12:50 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      My Word Lays Upon Truth's Opening Doors

      Mathew 6:33 "But seek ye first the kingdom of God!"

      Luke 17:21, "The kingdom of God is inside you!"

      John 18:36 Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not of this world!"

      1Corinthians 3:9 "For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, [ye are] God's building!"

      The troubles with trinitarians, those who belly-up to one god times three is, they read but only into it and get very little out of what they make 'go-spellingly' in amplifications of unblessed pleasings. Their preaching in devilish tongues beatifies only the dumb-hearted relics of their christiandumbness's idiosyncratic marmoset-like redundancies. Their godly moralisms are but self-centered and self-censored upon redundant principles that are archaic in cultured relics being those old fuddy duddies who fumble ever for their next glass worth of wine! Drunk and in tempormental stupors are the emotionally fallen in christiandumbs folds becoming sciatic pragmatisms unworthy of even one toasting for, but rather against!

      November 18, 2012 at 12:50 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      Mr. Lamb, I read your post with great interest.

      November 18, 2012 at 12:51 pm |
    • tony

      Genesis 1:14 says we should listen to Astrophysicists for god's guidance, not preachers. Couldn't be much clearer.

      November 18, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      Microbiologists are today's inner-astrophysicists for they are searching among our embodied core-roots to find answers regarding biological fractals of inner cosmological paradigms. We truly are God's buildings! Some of our bodies are condominiums and some are for storage purposes and some are the temples where God's family members and His servants do pay homages in. 1Corinthians 3:9 "For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, [ye are] God's building!"

      November 18, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      Sciences are but the dreams dreamt and are atheists' treasure troves of good books they hardly ever do read, for many atheists aren't too bright yet they stand by these scientists without one iota of deniability to question science books that even the commoner seldom reads nor truly understands. Who among us knows about that 'Self-Similar Cosmological Paradigm' lays open the doors to Cosmologies of the Fractal kinds? Who among us truly understands that energy equals materialized mass times light squared and its' true potential? What is the point in adoring scientific reasoning when one's IQ level can be counted on ten fingers?

      November 18, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
    • End Religion

      why would an all powerful god even bothering writing this crap down in a book? Maybe he'd just whisper to each one. Or maybe we'd "just know" because he'd stimulate the correct impulses in our brain. The only ones who needed a book were the charlatans who wanted to pretend they had a direct line to power.

      November 18, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
    • Edweird69

      Mr. Lamb – if we are in any way, created in his likeness, he is far from perfect. Humans are fragile, our life spans short, our power is weak. The belief that we are his condos, is a fairytale at best.

      November 18, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
  6. tony

    So does smoking.

    November 18, 2012 at 12:44 pm |
  7. tallone

    What gives anyone the right to bash someone who believes in the Bible? Ridiculing someone
    to make themselves look smart, up to date, and with it, actually is pathetic. Who knows if God
    is real. That's not the point. The point is, belief in Him gives millions of people comfort. By saying,
    this is stupid and wrong, is appointing yourself God. People who think they know it all, don't know
    much at all.

    November 18, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
    • DUMP HINDU ATHEISM, SELF CENTER ISM AND BE A TRUE AMERICAN IN FOLLOWING OF TRUTH ABSOLUTE GOD

      hinduism, absurdity called bible is not just laughable but out right hinduism, illegality.

      November 18, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
    • Edweird69

      I don't care if they believe in Flying Spaghetti Monsters. They use religion to influence politics, to oppress those they oppose. That's why it is attacked.

      November 18, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
    • sqeptiq

      What gives anyone the right to bash someone who doesn't believe in god or the bible? There is far more bashing on non-believers by believers than vice versa.

      November 18, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
    • tony

      Catholic Ireland 'd hospitals just refused a dying woman an abortion to save her life – Score 2 dead so far, perhaps as many as 3 or 4 of her future children will now never exist either.

      November 18, 2012 at 12:50 pm |
    • GAW

      I proved myself right. The answers to this issue were predictable as usual. No originality. Booooring!

      November 18, 2012 at 12:50 pm |
    • Edweird69

      @GAW – if you're bored, why are you spending so much time reading all of this? If you're looking for some sort of light bulb moment, this probably isn't the place to find it.

      November 18, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
    • Dick Izinya

      Because, just counting from the First Crusade to the last denied abortion, The Bible has killed more people than any other book in history. In terms of body count it makes "Mein Kampf" and "Das Kapital" look like Dr. Seuss. That's how dangerous magical thinking is, and any one still living in a demon-haunted darkness in the 21st century should just be embarrassed.

      November 18, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
    • End Religion

      Religion should be treated with ridicule, hatred and contempt, and I claim that right.
      @4:10
      [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PY8fjFKAC5k&w=640&h=360]

      November 18, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
  8. steve

    The evangelical leadership are men, the bible was written by men, and enforced by men. You can only wonder why women are enslaved by selected parts of the bible. This does not only come from Christian thinking but almost any other religion that a woman must submit, follow, and be silent. Men who started these religions seem to have a problem with women.

    November 18, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
  9. Orso

    Next, I will try an experiment by strictly following the AESOP FABLES for a year. I have the feeling I will get the same results as the bible.

    November 18, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
    • Bostontola

      You make an interesting point, just because god is a fable doesnt mean there aren't useful lessons in the bible fables.

      November 18, 2012 at 12:43 pm |
    • A Frayed Knot

      The Bible (OT) is a book which includes *some* history of primitive Hebrew culture, and *some* good advice for practical, beneficial human behavior, but mostly it is a compilation of ancient Middle Eastern historical fiction, myth, legend, superst.ition and fantasy.

      The NT is a collection of the writings of various 1st century evangelists who were promoting their new offshoot religion.

      There is not a whit of verified evidence for any of the supernatural beings and events in that book.

      November 18, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
    • End Religion

      of course there are useful lessons in fables. That is the point of them. Before we had "science" we had the colloquial wisdom of fables (life lessons). They got a bit fantastic but they were the "common sense" that tried to explain the world and helped us survive long ago. But we've outgrown them. Time to put that bible (a collection of fables) back into the fiction section and move on.

      November 18, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
  10. GAW

    The word 'Biblical' tacked onto the front of another word or phrase is no different than the word 'Scientific' being tacked onto the front of a word or phrase. Both are used to signal the reader or TV viewer that the idea, point of view or product has authoritative support and is supposed to work and one not need question it's truth claims or usefulness. In both cases it can be used as a form of manipulation and uses authority to control others or simply to get them to buy something.

    November 18, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
    • Surthurfurd

      It is sad how so many of us want to be misled to believe that our own selfish interests are backed by God and scientific research.

      November 18, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
    • tony

      Scientific, means you can test the results yourself. Biblical means you can't.

      November 18, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
    • John

      It depends if you're a guliible idiot or not. Biblical means you revere bronze age writings by some goat humpers. If you are someone who is rational and respect reason then "scientific" is open to question and you should demand facts and evidence to support something.

      November 18, 2012 at 12:44 pm |
    • DUMP HINDU ATHEISM, SELF CENTER ISM AND BE A TRUE AMERICAN IN FOLLOWING OF TRUTH ABSOLUTE GOD

      It is foundation of hinduism, corruption of truth absolute religion's , control and abuse through hinduism, manipulation..

      November 18, 2012 at 12:44 pm |
    • GAW

      Science is only as good as the people who use it. It can be biased and unbiased. It can be used to save lives and advance mankind or create weapons of mass destruction that can kill 200, 000 people in a matter of minutes. (Eg Hiroshima and Nagasaki)

      November 18, 2012 at 12:44 pm |
    • Dick Izinya

      "Scientific" means that it can be tested and verified independently. "Biblical" means that you consulted men that thought the earth was flat for their wisdom.

      November 18, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
  11. tony

    As more and more children get removed from the old ways of indoctrinating them all with religious belief from an early age, then atheism will become the norm, and religion the refuge of the minorities of the mentally ill and the lame seekers of cargo cults.

    November 18, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
    • Edweird69

      I hope you're right. Sometimes, it feels like we're moving backwards though.

      November 18, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
    • Bostontola

      I'm not so sure. Religion won over atheism for a reason. A strong group bound by belief seems to be stronger than intellectualism.

      November 18, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
    • tony

      religion only wins over the uneducated and/or uniformed. The internet is changing the latter very fast.

      November 18, 2012 at 12:44 pm |
    • Bostontola

      Tony, I'm not as sanguine as you. I think the power of indoctrination as a child will be very hard to overcome for quite some time.

      November 18, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
  12. Apple Bush

    Many argue that, if science has not found an answer to a phenomenon, then God did it.

    Therefore before we understood lightning, God did it. Likewise for rain, tides, earthquakes, etc.

    Using this logic, every time we explain something we did not previously understand, a piece of God is eliminated.

    Therefore, God will necessarily be disproven over time.

    Therefore, there is no God.

    The law of a diminishing God.

    November 18, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
    • Edweird69

      I have all the proof I need, to know his existence is impossible. No need to wait. on future events. And, if he does exist, I sure wouldn't worship him anyway. I think that's called a "win win".

      November 18, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
    • Bostontola

      If humans were logical, you'd be right.

      November 18, 2012 at 12:39 pm |
  13. Private Beliver

    Amen, sister. Amen!

    November 18, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
  14. tony

    Atheists don't go around with collection plates. Thank God.

    November 18, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
    • Edweird69

      Isn't it strange that god can create the heaven's and the earth, but those dollar bills are a challenge?

      November 18, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
    • Alex

      not its just called taxes.

      November 18, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
    • End Religion

      god: attributed with control of the universe and everything in it, but not so good with money. Makes total sense.

      November 18, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
    • Nancy

      Maybe atheists should go around with collection plates There are a lot of poor, suffering, hurting people in the world who need helf.

      November 18, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
    • Nancy

      Maybe atheists should go around with collection plates There are a lot of poor, suffering, hurting people in the world who need help.

      November 18, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
    • End Religion

      nancy, 3 seconds in google will help you find atheist charity organizations.

      November 18, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
  15. peterweicker

    It's refreshing to see the Bible used as a starting point instead of a terminus. If more people treated religion as a basis for thought rather than as a replacement for it the world would be a better place.

    November 18, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
    • steve

      Amen.

      November 18, 2012 at 12:44 pm |
  16. Jon

    Everyone is quick to abandon the thousands of horrible things in the Old Testament but wouldn't think of abandoning the 10 Commandments, Moses, The Genesis story, etc. Why is that ok? Also what about the bad stuff (there's more than what she mentioned) in the New Testament? Why even include the horrible stuff (or the OT all together) if it's irrelevant now because of Christ's fulfillment? As a kid who went to church every day I can't tell you the number of times the daily readings said something really strange and perverse; why even keep it around?

    It's picking and choosing, plain and sample. BTW there's nothing wrong with that, it's the smartest way to live by choosing what works for you in your time and place....unless you're an atheist making their own choices, apparently, then suddenly it's "amoral and devoid of the ONE truth" religion offers. H y p o c r i s y ...

    November 18, 2012 at 12:32 pm |
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    November 18, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
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      November 18, 2012 at 12:33 pm |
    • Dick Izinya

      We no savvy-savvy! You learn speakee English, you come back, savvy-savvy?

      November 18, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
  18. Jay in Austin

    For crying out loud – why would ANYONE bother following the ideas of bronze-age people who all thought multiple gods created a small, flat Earth sitting at the center of a tiny universe rotating around it ... daily. They were doing their dead-level best to explain why earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, and plagues happen. But anyone in High School today can explain all of that ... and more ... much more accurately. Religious ideas are nothing but mental shackles, hobbles, and limitations.

    November 18, 2012 at 12:29 pm |
    • Rmazon

      said the guy who said the bible was written during the bronze age...really??? Go to back to school and learn something as you put it "Accurately".....

      November 18, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
    • sqeptiq

      Rmazon, certain parts of the Bible certainly do date to the Late Bronze Age.

      November 18, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
  19. GAW

    It seems many of the the atheists can only hash out the usual slogans (delusional, fairy tales, Santa Claus ect) and select quotations from scripture (The bad parts...yes the bad parts are there too) As a skeptic myself I'm not impressed. But I guess I just have to be shamed for even criticizing many of the atheists who post here in the same way that many of the Christian posters would shame me for question their beliefs.

    November 18, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
    • GAW

      And bronze age deity. I find that impressive too.

      November 18, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
    • tony

      It's the bible that has the fantasies. Most atheists are ex-religious people who realized the actual facts indicate otherwise

      November 18, 2012 at 12:32 pm |
    • GAW

      You missed my point

      November 18, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
    • sqeptiq

      Not "ect," but "etc."

      November 18, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
    • Dick Izinya

      I don't think you know what the term, "skeptic" means.

      November 18, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
    • End Religion

      maybe he meant "septic" as in he's a turd?

      November 18, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
  20. tony

    God could manage to keep all "his" trillions of species of animals, birds, fish and insects and bacteria alive, thriving and healthy for obviously the last 6,000 years, and more likely many millions of years before that.

    But the guys who wrote the bible, and all the preachers and bible quoters ever since, who must be some of god's most blessed individuals, can't stay alive without needing to hand round collection plates on a weekly basis????

    November 18, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
    • WFS

      In the New Testament ( I know that's really broad but I can't remember the book) Paul works so as not to be a burden when he is in towns preaching and he does this partly to be an example for the new believers

      November 18, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
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