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Genesis and genealogy excerpts
Belonging, grounding, sense of time vs skipping over to look for stories
Condensed stories of creation, language…
Disjointed, strange text explaining bits of information
Jacob - Genesis 32:22-32
Jacob wrestles with God
Self-identity and issue of name, divine encounter -> dietary laws
Didactic stories, spiritual vs clear meaning mashup
Historical way of reading bible, background and using Greek/Hebrew words… doesn’t
work here
Symbolic/figurative reading also doesn’t work because of all physical details
Passage frustrating both common methods of reading
Midrashic reading (Hebrew tradition) -> original passage, apparently random
connection to other texts, commentators (rabbis) argue with each other on
interpretation, ongoing discussion -> stops when lose energy, come back to initial verse
Text as starting point for ongoing discussion/argument
Being open to other disciplines and traditions
Abraham’s Sacrifice of Isaac - Genesis 22:1-19
Kierkgaard Attunement
Abraham shifting Isaac’s blame to himself not God
Question of faith
Faith and obedience relationship complicated
Fragmentary and disjointed stories but still important and powerful
Incomplete viewpoints, narratives, subjective perspectives… imperfect but only way to
talk
Kierkgaard satirical standpoint for theologians of day; can’t know bible fully even if
learned/know Hebrew… different perspectives and approaches explain bits
Never completely understanding… more questions arise by studying further
Parable of Old Man and Young Wilfred Owen
Taking Abraham story to Europe and war context
Shifting at end to murdering son -> seeds of Europe one by one
Calling Abram rather than Abraham
Older generation has responsibility over young
Abraham as figure of faith -> shifted with “Abram”
Before becoming Father of Faith
Where faith is being placed, dedication
Issue of being called parable, what parable is and how it works
Open ended story and problems of interpretation/conclusion
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Belonging, grounding, sense of time vs skipping over to look for stories. Disjointed, strange text explaining bits of information. Self-identity and issue of name, divine encounter -> dietary laws. Didactic stories, spiritual vs clear meaning mashup. Historical way of reading bible, background and using greek/hebrew words doesn"t. Symbolic/figurative reading also doesn"t work because of all physical details. Passage frustrating both common methods of reading. Midrashic reading (hebrew tradition) -> original passage, apparently random connection to other texts, commentators (rabbis) argue with each other on interpretation, ongoing discussion -> stops when lose energy, come back to initial verse. Text as starting point for ongoing discussion/argument. Being open to other disciplines and traditions. Abraham shifting isaac"s blame to himself not god. Fragmentary and disjointed stories but still important and powerful. Incomplete viewpoints, narratives, subjective perspectives imperfect but only way to talk. Kierkgaard satirical standpoint for theologians of day; can"t know bible fully even if learned/know hebrew different perspectives and approaches explain bits.

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