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the simple life

"One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words." Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Monday, January 16, 2006

Israel

I find myself in awe of the Rabbi Abraham Heschel's God in Search of Man: A Philosophy of Judaism. It's a book all Christians should read.

Why?

N. T. Wright, the eminent New Testament scholar, argues:

"It simply will not do to tell the story of salvation as simply creation, fall, Jesus, salvation. We desperately need to say: creation, fall, Israel, Jesus, salvation."

We are all susceptible to re-inventing Jesus, re-inventing the Bible and making erroneous assumptions based on our pre-Christian understanding of God, sin and redemption. (And don't forget our post-modern tendencies to please and placate the lost)

An understanding of Judaism and Israel will provide a context to understand who God is, who Jesus claimed to be and God's redemptive purpose for His people.

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