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Creation - Creation RN101-3 1/23 I Friday opened class with...

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Creation, RN101-3, 1/23 I Friday opened class with Psalm 137, which was written after the disaster of 587 BCE and reflects the outrage of loss. (1)The Psalmist hasn’t “signed on” with Babylonians: won’t assimilate; Instead, he’ll remember against the Edomites, against Babylon (2) But not only negative memories: there’s Jerusalem, “Zion,” the Temple and its celebratory songs, confidence in God, sense of being chosen for blessing (3) And he’ll fight back by re-membering the different traditions and texts of the Lord, some oral and written down ; the stories about Abraham, Isaac, Jacob; enslavement in Egypt and then the receiving of the Law; the near presence of God in the tabernacle; the kingdom . . . Remember what it meant to be God’s people. Different strands of memory brought together in this work of compilation: Scribes remembered what they had brought with them to Babylon (in memory, on scrolls) about – say -- how the Lord God created the first human out of the ground, and made him sovereign over the animals, and, when he was lonely, created out of his flesh a human partner; But more than just remember the old stories from Jerusalem, they also rewrote the stories they found around them in Babylon – like their captor’s story about “in the beginning” – the “War of the Gods” II Enuma elish .
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