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2009-02-18Preaching the Old Testament

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Preaching the Old Testament OT 12 February 18, 2009 The message about the exam for the instructions, an expansion on the exam. Four topics today. The prophets and violence against women: the preaching challenge Eze 16 and 23.. Do the prophets speak to the church or to America? First of all: “the importance first of identifying Ezekiel’s presuppositions, convictions and conditions… and engaging into conversation with other texts and “entering into arguments” with both the medium and message.” Darr, Katheryn We’re beginning to understand metaphoric use of scripture more. One of the key convictions that underlies this reasonabley recent attention to metaphor. It’s not purely ornament language. Metaphors are vehicles to describe what can’t be talked about in straight language. The Medium is the text; this authoritative text. She thinks it’s fair to say that an authoritative text imposes a burden on the reader: The responsibility of interpreting accurately. Origen’s reading of Joshua: How we struggle with the enemies of God, within ourselves, within the Church. Augustine: On Christian Doctrine. “How do we know at what level to read this text?” Augustine, “Scripture must always conduce to the love of God and neighbor.” If you’re not getting that out of what you are reading, then you’re not reading responsibigly. You need to negotiate the civil difference. God’s anger is always bound up with God’s pain. Simple readings of the OT are inclined to emphasis God’s anger: Either agreeing with it, or getting rid of the OT. The church doesn’t recognize and use God’s pain. In order to preach the prophets in the Spirit, we need to preach it as those who ourselves are standing under judgment. Ourselves need to stand in humility. If you can’t find yourself as one standing in need. Arrogant preaching is preaching to those who are “not like me.” That’s what she means… that we stand in different places before God. If that is the mode, she thinks it
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will be spiritually difficult, and perhaps dangerous. Q: How do we know when to interpret metaphorically? A: Quite often, prophets use metaphor. Preaching is in the first instance exegetical work.
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