Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Remnant Motif - 3


“Out of the depths have I cried unto Thee, O LORD”:
The Remnant Motif in the Book of Psalms
 (Part Three)


Pss. 51, 130, 89: Repentance, Appeal to the Lord’s Name and to His Covenant

The prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel, among others, have time and time again uttered that exile had befallen Israel due primarily to her sins, more precisely, due to her apostasy. Isa. 1:4-9 says:
Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward…

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Remnant Motif - 2


“Out of the depths have I cried unto Thee, O LORD”:
The Remnant Motif in the Book of Psalms
 (Part Two)

Psalm 24: The Question of Worship in the Midst of Babylon

Gunkel considers Psalm 24 to belong to “Psalm Liturgies.” Building upon him, Mowinckel believes that this Psalm was made even for “festal procession” and “can only be understood in connection with a vision of the procession itself and its different acts and scenes.” He thus provides an interesting interpretation along these lines. But let me present my interpretation, assuming that it was a “prophecy about the remnants” as the Ethiopian tradition holds it to be.

Monday, July 14, 2014

The Remnant Motif - 1


“Out of the depths have I cried unto Thee, O LORD”:
The Remnant Motif in the Book of Psalms
 (Part One)
The theme of the remnant has always had a significant bearing upon the Christian concept of the Church. This was more explicitly felt during the controversy which raged in pre- and early post-war Germany concerning the origin of the idea of ekklesia in Jesus’ ministry; where, in order to defend a position that Jesus has attempted to establish a new community, “a number of scholars appealed to the Jewish notion of a remnant or a ‘true Israel’ in Jesus’ ministry.”