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For Sunday, December 15, 2013
Third Sunday in Advent
“‘Apocalyptic’ is deeply political. . . ‘Apocalyptic’ literature, whether in the second-Temple Jewish world or early Christianity, seems to be designed to give its hearers and readers an alternative frame of reference within which to live their lives,an alternative narrative to that which the world’s power-brokers are putting out, an alternative symbolic universe to reshape their imagination and structure their worldview. People whose worldviews are thus realigned may not instantly form political parties or take up arms to march against enemies, but they will live differently. The ruling powers of the world will find them, at least from time to time, inconvenient and unco-operative. There can be no doubt that this was the effect which was created by the early Christians, not least by Paul, and we have good reason to think that their use of ‘apocalyptic’ language, exactly in the tradition of second-Temple Jews, was a significant part of how this effect wa generated. They did not expect the stars to fall from the sky. They did expect the creator God to do extraordinary things for which comets, earthquakes and other portents might be powerful and appropriate metaphors.”
N.T.Wright, Paul and the Faithfulness of God: Christian Origins and the Question of God
Wright is demonstrating how the language of faith is creating an alternative world for history, a world of faithfulness, ‘to make and keep human life human’, light that shines in darkness.
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