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Matthew1 - Ends and Beginnings, RN101, 3/21 I Introduction:...

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Ends and Beginnings, RN101, 3/21 I Introduction: A. Today is the vernal equinox, 1 st day of spring, and for both Jews and Christians spring is a season for turning to the Bible in very intense ways – not just as a book to be studied, as we’re doing ion RN101, but as a text to be relived: For Jews spring brings Passover (which this year begins at sundown on April 19 th ), when, gathered around a meal, Jews tell the story of a group of slaves being led through the Red Sea, out of bondage to Pharaoh and into their identity as the one nation under Yahweh Elohim, the Lord God; For Christians spring means Easter, the time to recall the Passover meal shared by Jesus and his disciples in Jerusalem (commemorated last night), to remember his crucifixion from noon until 3 PM before sundown on the Sabbath (starting one hour from now), and to proclaim his resurrection from the dead on the day after the Sabbath (Easter Sunday). In RN101, today is also when we end our study of the Hebrew Bible in its own right and turn for the rest of the term to the Christian testament—which, as we will see, is an ongoing meditation on the Hebrew Bible but from a new perspective, and in light of a particular person. Quite a shift: We’ll be moving from an emphasis on birth-giving, family, nation-building,
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