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From ... and forgive them their debts, page xv.
Our epoch is strangely selective when it comes to distinguishing between what is plausibly historical and believable in the Bible, and what seems merely mythic or utopian. Fundamentalist Christians show their faith that God created the earth in six days (on Sunday, October 23, 4004 BC according to Archbishop James Ussher in 1650) by building museums with dioramas showing humans cavorting alongside dinosaurs, While deeming this literal reading of Genesis to be historical, they ignore the Biblical narratives describing the centuries-long struggle between debtors and creditors. The economic laws of Moses and the Prophets, which Jesus announced his intention to revive and fulfill, are brushed aside as anachronistic artifacts, not the moral center of the Old and New Testaments, the Jewish and Christian bibles. The Jubilee Year (Leviticus 25) is the "good news" that Jesus - in his first reported sermon (Luke 4) - announced that he had come to proclaim.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Dec 14th, 2018 at 09:13:50 AM EST

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