iii. PREFACE Ulrich Mauser The four major essays in this issue are opened by Professor Brueggemann's proposals concerning "The Legiti- macy of a Sectarian Hermeneutic" based on chapters 18 and 19 of 1 1 Kings. The paper was originally requested by the National Faculty Seminar on Church Education, and present- ed before this group. Its aim is, therefore, practical and contemporary: it is addressed to the vital question what kind of language is appropriate, adequate, and healthy in carrying out the educational task of the church. To that end the article proposes a reading, and over-hearing, of two very different kinds of conversations carried out on and behind the wall of besieged Jerusalem in 701 B.C. Historical-critical questions about these chapters are left behind, and the atten- tion is directed to a tension of two language realities which arise from pure politics (the Empire) here, and from the totally different act and word of Israel's living God (the Community of Faith) there. What happens in that dialogue itself is no less fascinating than what is heard in a highly original way in those two chapters. This preface will not reveal any "resolution" to the tension envisaged by the
Horizons in Biblical Theology – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1985
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