What I’m Hoping for Here

The initial first page posed a good question; and we’ve had some great answers so far; but people kept getting bogged down there.

I therefore switched to a ‘latest post first’ configuration, so we could get back to specific books & passages.

I’d like everything on this site — ideally anything in-or-about the Christian Bible — to be open to discussion here. (I’m still attempting to link things so as to facilitate that. If there’s a passage or subject you can’t find, ask & you might receive.)

For a number of years, this was a small-scale group blog [founded as ‘Friendly Bible Study’ by a man dubbing himself ‘Kwakersaur’], and I hope it can return to that format.

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When my last active colleague wandered off, abandoning his own blog as well, we were on our way through Luke.

When I wrote this, we were on Luke 19:11-27. ‘The Parable of the Talents.’ Seemingly a simple, moralistic parable, it does get a bit harsh.

Could it have just been a disapproving observation [as William Herzog suggests] of ‘the way of the world’ in Judea’s 1st Century economy? Or was it (as people tend to think) a way of saying “I’m going to be gone for awhile; and I want y’all to make good use of your time & resources meanwhile. You might be sorry if you don’t…”?

While ‘Luke’ doesn’t go in for “wailing and gnashing of teeth” like ‘Matthew’; and his unlucky servant gets off with merely losing his ‘money’ — There’s that odd subplot of a returning king — Jesus?! — ordering “As for those enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slay them before me.”

In light of NT Wright’s perspective in Jesus and the Victory of God (etc.) the story could be about Israel and its 1st Century leadership. Jesus, he says, conceives of his pilgrimage to Jerusalem as YHWH’s long-prophecized return to the Temple. & will want to know: How have they been doing with the authority, wealth, traditions God has placed in their care?

Any of several meanings can be worth pursuing.

4 responses

  1. Great to see you, but i feel a bit lost here …

    1. Okay, so you don’t need to Figure It All Out in advance…

      If you want an overview of what I think is going on, this ( http://wp.me/p25OCt-DY ) may be a good place to start(?)

      In any case, feel free to comment & question on anything that puzzles you. (If you aren’t puzzled, you must not have been paying attention!)

      None of this will be on The Exam; but it does suggest answers to “What am I doing, alive, embodied, on a place called Dirt?” I don’t think our spiritual ancestors got everything right, but they did start the conversation…

  2. Wow! Like what you’ve done with the place!
    I know I shouldn’t feel pride in this blog–I haven’t had much to do with you since the earliest days. But i am so glad this place is still continuing.

    1. I don’t get to feel a lot of pride either, because this site has been, for most of lately, in hibernation.

      Sometimes I’ll find a passage or a metaphor in the Written Stuff that speaks to me; but it takes an accomplice (embodied!) to draw me back into wrestling with it.

      I don’t know if the present deadness here is “my fault” or simply means: God is doing something else, for now, with the people I’d like to participate. (I know this is the case with at least one other of us.)

      For some reason I haven’t been able to sort out, new posts here have not been getting announced under ‘religion,’ ‘Jesus’, or ‘Bible.’ If I tag a post that way on other sites, they are…. (?!!!)

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