The Prophetic Tradition Of Social Justice– by Derek Morphew

Derek Morphew

It is sometimes said that Israel has two kinds of prophets, charismatic early prophets, like Elijah and Elisha, followed by the later literary prophets like Amos, Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel and that it is these later prophets that developed the tradition of social justice. This is a mistaken opposition of ideas. All the prophets called Israel back to the covenant, even if they operated in different ways and some wrote while others did not. The context may have evolved from generation to generation but the fundamentals were the same. Israel was Yahweh’s covenant people. This covenant was established as a result of the in-breaking rule of God through the exodus and conquest and resulted in a defined relationship of laws and statutes. The relationship was vertical and horizontal: with Yahweh in sacrifice and temple worship; and between the families and tribes in community. The prophets never divided their message between “spiritual” things like false worship versus true worship and “social” things like the lot of the poor and abusive wealth. If Israel was in a bad state it was always because these things worked together. The king who led Israel to worship foreign gods was the same king who abused his powers.

from Derek Morphew, The Kingdom Healing: the dualism of personal and social ethics

 

Hotel Amerika » interview with Aviya Kushner, author of: Grammar of God

 

Aviya Kushner

Aviya Kushner

Hotel Amerika Introduces its new Interview Series Beginning with an interview by one of it’s editors, Liz Gower, with The Grammar of God: A Journey into the Words and Worlds of the Bible  by its author Aviya Kushner..

 

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SWC: UNESCO Vote to erase Western Wall from Jewish history contradicts Supreme Muslim Council’s Declaration that Temple Mounts’ Connection to Solomon’s Temple “is beyond dispute” | Simon Wiesenthal Center

Source: SWC: UNESCO Vote to erase Western Wall from Jewish history contradicts Supreme Muslim Council’s Declaration that Temple Mounts’ Connection to Solomon’s Temple “is beyond dispute” | Simon Wiesenthal Center

“Christianity is a Spirituality” by Thomas Cathcart, from The Cresset

Before there were Christian “beliefs,” there was Christian spirituality. Before the council of bishops at Nicea decided that Jesus Christ is the second person of the Trinity, there was Christian spirituality. Before the Council of Chalcedon decided that Jesus Christ has two natures, divine and human, there was Christian spirituality. Indeed, before the title “Son of God” was ascribed to Jesus of Nazareth, there was Christian spirituality.

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The Christians of Israel: A Remarkable Group | Jonathan Adelman

In the nightmarish maelstrom that defines the Middle East today, there are few places of refuge for Christians. While Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Sudan and Libya are disintegrating and Egypt is embattled, the

Source: The Christians of Israel: A Remarkable Group | Jonathan Adelman