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Statements create debates
that bring us to new a
state (or status).

!                      ?
         Questions create
 c...
From the place where we are right
Flowers will never grow
In the spring.


The place where we are right
Is hard and trampl...
Question 1:
What is the shape of the
biblical narrative?

              (A pre-critical question)
Eden                      Heaven



       Fall               Salvation


              History/
              The world
 ...
Platonic Ideal                  Platonic Ideal



        Fall                    Atonement,
                             ...
Pax Romana                 Pax Romana

                                  Civilization,
 Rebellion                       de...
Is there an
alternative
understanding?
sdrawkcab gnidaer
Rick Warren, Billy Graham, Charles Finney, John Wesley (or Calvin), Luther,
Aquinas, Augustine, Paul, Je...
Exodus: Liberation & Formation
Exodus: Liberation & Formation



Genesis: Creation and Reconciliation
Isaiah: Peaceable Kingdom - Justice and
                 Mercy



        Exodus: Liberation & Formation



Genesis: Creat...
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      Isaiah: Peaceable Kingdom - Justice and
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      Mercy
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    Exodus: Liberation & Formation
HUMAN DESTRUCTION
  G
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         Isaiah: Peaceable Kingdom - Justice and
  n
         Mercy
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      HUMAN VIOLENCE
  s...
HUMAN DESTRUCTION
  G
  e
         Isaiah: Peaceable Kingdom - Justice and
  n
         Mercy
  e
      HUMAN VIOLENCE
  s...
Reading Paul in light of Jesus:
Acts 28:23 ff: “the kingdom of God ... and Jesus.”
“the kingdom of God and the Lord Jesus ...
Question 2:
The Bible Question
     What is the Bible?
     Or: What is it for?
The Bible as
         Constitution

•   What purposes do constitutions (or social
    contracts) fulfill?
•   What problems...
Bible as Conversation


•   The Bible as a cultural library
•   Artifacts from stories within stories
LEGAL CONSTITUTION   COMMUNITY LIBRARY

     Uniformity            Diversity

   Preserve order      Preserve diversity

 ...
LEGAL CONSTITUTION          COMMUNITY LIBRARY

    Rules to live by          Stories to live by

      Conformity         ...
Inspiration

•   what would an inspired constitution look
    like?
•   what would an inspired community library
    look ...
Question 3:
   The God Question
                Is God violent?
Why does God seem so violent in many Bible passages?
Revelation 19



I saw heaven standing open and there
before me was a white horse, whose rider
is called Faithful and True...
Revelation 19


The armies of heaven were following him,
riding on white horses and dressed in fine
linen, white and clean...
Revelation 11:15 ff
The seventh angel sounded
his trumpet, and there were
loud voices in heaven, which
said:
“The kingdom ...
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  1. 1. Statements create debates that bring us to new a state (or status). ! ? Questions create conversations that launch us on new quests.
  2. 2. From the place where we are right Flowers will never grow In the spring. The place where we are right Is hard and trampled Like a yard. But doubts and loves Dig up the world Like a mole, a plow. And a whisper will be heard in the place Where the ruined House once stood. Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai
  3. 3. Question 1: What is the shape of the biblical narrative? (A pre-critical question)
  4. 4. Eden Heaven Fall Salvation History/ The world Hell
  5. 5. Platonic Ideal Platonic Ideal Fall Atonement, purification Into Aristotelian Aristotelian Real Real Hades
  6. 6. Pax Romana Pax Romana Civilization, Rebellion development, into colonialism barbarism Barbarian/ assimilation pagan world Destruction, defeat
  7. 7. Is there an alternative understanding?
  8. 8. sdrawkcab gnidaer Rick Warren, Billy Graham, Charles Finney, John Wesley (or Calvin), Luther, Aquinas, Augustine, Paul, Jesus reading forwards Adam, Abraham, Moses, David, Isaiah, John the Baptist, Jesus
  9. 9. Exodus: Liberation & Formation
  10. 10. Exodus: Liberation & Formation Genesis: Creation and Reconciliation
  11. 11. Isaiah: Peaceable Kingdom - Justice and Mercy Exodus: Liberation & Formation Genesis: Creation and Reconciliation
  12. 12. G e Isaiah: Peaceable Kingdom - Justice and n Mercy e s i s Exodus: Liberation & Formation
  13. 13. HUMAN DESTRUCTION G e Isaiah: Peaceable Kingdom - Justice and n Mercy e HUMAN VIOLENCE s i s HUMAN EXPLOITATION Exodus: Liberation & Formation
  14. 14. HUMAN DESTRUCTION G e Isaiah: Peaceable Kingdom - Justice and n Mercy e HUMAN VIOLENCE s i s HUMAN EXPLOITATION Exodus: Liberation & Formation
  15. 15. Reading Paul in light of Jesus: Acts 28:23 ff: “the kingdom of God ... and Jesus.” “the kingdom of God and the Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans: “to the Jew first and also to the Greek ...” Galatians 3:7 ff Understand, then, that those who believe are children of Abraham. The Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed through you.” So those who have faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.
  16. 16. Question 2: The Bible Question What is the Bible? Or: What is it for?
  17. 17. The Bible as Constitution • What purposes do constitutions (or social contracts) fulfill? • What problems arise with this approach?
  18. 18. Bible as Conversation • The Bible as a cultural library • Artifacts from stories within stories
  19. 19. LEGAL CONSTITUTION COMMUNITY LIBRARY Uniformity Diversity Preserve order Preserve diversity agreement argument enforcement encouragement
  20. 20. LEGAL CONSTITUTION COMMUNITY LIBRARY Rules to live by Stories to live by Conformity Creativity Analyze, interpret, argue Enter, inhabit, practice amendments? new acquisitions
  21. 21. Inspiration • what would an inspired constitution look like? • what would an inspired community library look like?
  22. 22. Question 3: The God Question Is God violent? Why does God seem so violent in many Bible passages?
  23. 23. Revelation 19 I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God.
  24. 24. Revelation 19 The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. "He will rule them with an iron scepter." He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
  25. 25. Revelation 11:15 ff The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord an of his Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever.”
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