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Bible formation: Class Two, 1/18/08 I Introduction Psalm 137 By the rivers of Babylon— there we sat down and there we wept when we remembered Zion. On the willows there we hung up our harps, for there our captors demanded of us songs and our tormentors mirth, saying “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!” How could we sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land? If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand wither, let my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth if I do not set Jerusalem above my highest joy. Remember, O Lord, against the Edomites, the day of Jerusalem’s fall, how they shouted, “Tear it down, tear it down, down to its foundations!” O daughter of Babylon, you devastator! Happy shall they be who pay you back for what you have done to us! Happy shall they be who dash your babies against the rock! Psalm 137 written in the aftermath of Jerusalem’s destruction by the Babylonians in 587BCE. DISASTER: end of the Davidic monarch (which was meant to last forever), of Solomon’s Temple (which was also meant to last forever). Major part of Jerusalem population marched off into exile in Babylon. Where was God? (Cf. our 9/11) What to do? Find another god and sign on with Babylonian deities like Marduk OR REMEMBER: 1) keep the disaster alive in the way that trauma victims do; 2) remember who you are, where you come from; 3) collect the evidence of your identity: write down, gather together—history, laws, poems, specifics of worship (cult); 4) keep
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This note was uploaded on 04/24/2008 for the course RN 101 taught by Professor Hawkins during the Spring '08 term at BU.

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