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Bibil Identifier bibil:219835
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) A Biblical Encounter with a Christian Named God
Author Kahan, David
Journal Scandinavian Journal of the Old Testament (Volume: 24, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2010
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2010
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2010
Language English
Pages 268-286 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Despite the Shoah, there is a Christian tendency to do theology as usual. Comfortably coherent dogmatic and systematic models remain seemingly inviolable and lead to hermeneutical lethargy. Are systematic theology‘s facts, though, truly confirmed by the biblical text? This article returns anew to the central theological question of the identity of God and the nature of God's creation. It wishes to take two immense assumptions, God's constancy and the goodness of creation, and with one diminutive biblical narrative explore how grounded are the claims in reality. The Jacobean narrative in Genesis has been chosen for this test. As surveyed in the paper, Christian commentary has had a propensity to see the narrative as prima facie evidence that God stands before humanity with a supernatural will for salvation and that humanity (exemplified by Jacob) is filled with a moral consciousness to strive for redemption. Jabbok is felt to be the culminating moment of a moral tale. The essay will take the two concepts and through a close reading of Jabbok (Gen 32) test their validity. Doubts will be raised. The conclusion arrived at is that if biblical narratives are freed from their theological utility and if they are approached as discrete narrative units, alternative perspectives effervesce.
DOI 10.1080/09018328.2010.527080
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Jacob
Pericopes Genesis 25-37
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