Nearly all of the names are decidedly "other" for a Westerner--Ammon, Rahab, Achen, Zabdi
, Zerah; of unmistakably Jewish and Middle Eastern origins, these names plainly connect Christianity to the faraway cultures many Christians now feel so disconnected from--indeed, to the peoples we are at war with.
Not unless you happen to be Zabdi Keen, Scotland's leading lady of paragliding.
Zabdi said: "Paragliding is a simple sport to learn but takes a long, long time to master.
Twice Scottish Ladies Champion, Zabdi competes internationally and has the unassuming air of confidence needed to help nervous novices through their paces without them sensing impending doom.
But Zabdi chipped in: "Stay within your limitations, gradually extend them and you can minimise the risk.
Again Zabdi was quick to reassure: "Each line can hold 90 kilos and I've actually towed a mini with just the one.
Eventually, with a helping hand from Zabdi, I managed to turn round and take off down the gentle slope.