The Argument Between God and Israel

experimentaltheology.blogspot.com | 12/31/2018 | Staff
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One of the things I love about the Old Testament are the countervailing voices, the way the Bible argues with itself. For example, in Unclean and Stranger God I spend time pointing out how Israel's prophetic tradition likes to pick fights with the Levitical tradition.

Another place where you see a fight break out is in the Psalms in how God and Israel feel about the exile.

Side - God - Israel

On one side you have God's perspective: "Israel, you deserve this."

Psalm 78.57-64

Most - High - Statutes

and rebelled against the Most High; they did not keep his statutes.

as unreliable as a faulty bow.

Places

They angered him with their high places;

they aroused his jealousy with their idols.

God

When God heard them, he was furious;

he rejected Israel completely.

Tent - Humans

the tent he had set up among humans.

his splendor into the hands of the enemy.

People

He gave his people over to...
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