Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Politics of Ancient Israel

[T]he self-presentation of Israel in song and story is inescapably a theological politics in which the defining presence of YHWH, the God of Israel, impinges upon every facet of the political; or conversely, Israel’s selfpresentation is inescapably a political theology in which YHWH, the God of Israel, is intensely engaged with questions of power and with policies and practices that variously concern the distribution of goods and access. In Israel’s selfpresentation,there is no politics not theologically marked, no theology not politically inclined. 
- Walter Brueggemann

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