2009-01-14-OT12 - Page 1 of 7 Old Testament 12 Wednesday...

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Page 1 of 7 1/14/09 Old Testament 12 Wednesday, January 14, 2009 The rhythms of the text in Amos. If you don’t know his rhythms already, you may not get it. P. 95: The way that poem, that speech has been set up….Almost like sunrays: “Yet you did not return to me” That is the refrain… Each of those moves down to the refrain…. The vigil for Gaza: The oracle against the nations in Amos 1-2 No Thing: Lo Davar = Devir Pun on Devir. Prophetic speech – some unique forms, but some standard forms. A standard form is an oracle against the nations. That Gaza actually appears in the oracle against the nations. Ernest Graham saying. An overview of the class on the last day: Reading prophets and psalms was almost unbearable. The prophet is the one who feels that pathos, the pain of God. A distinction between normal seeing – the way we see most of the time or don’t see – and the prophets insight. The pain that Jennifer referred to of being “so messed up.” The way we see it here… Gaza is the powerful city-state: The powerful oppression and cruelty. For us now, pain and oppression. Here is a sidebar. Something else she heard at the vigil, the national poet of Palestine: his lament for Palestine. He heard it in parallel with the Book of Lamentations: Tragic love poems about a city. Turning back to Amos: part of the connection that she sees, more clearly than any other prophet, suggests that war is inherently criminal. She’s not sure that any other prophet makes that point as clearly. That the atrocities of war are perennial. Ripping open the pregnant women for the sake of widening their borders. The earliest evidence of ripping open the belly of pregnant women that she is aware of is an Assyrian hymn of praise in 1100 BCE…. And in Dafur in recent months. New Ph.D. Matt Schlimm… An article: teaching the Hebrew Bible and…. Amos: Website of Biblical Literature. Every war crime that is condemned by Amos is also
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Page 2 of 7 1/14/09 proscribed by the Geneva Convention. Failing to teach about what the prophets say about war crimes reduces our resources for dealing with the current human rights crisis. The torture of prisoners: 1:3 Damascus is condemned for using threshing boards of iron. Contending with the threat of war… Interfaith friendship. The Duke Interfaith Dialogue Project: Reverend Ted Purcell. Lecture begins: We start with Amos because he is the first of the writing prophets. Approximate date is around 760 BCE. This is about a century after Elijah confronted Ahab. Ahab won a major battle in 863. Elijah we don’t have lots of his words. But Amos was a great rhetorician. Whether he wrote himself or not, his words have been preserved by other people. They were preserved by people who realized that something extraordinary was happening with him. Even more amazing than his rhetoric is the scope of his vision.
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