Monthly Archives: July 2012

The Elusive Presence-the Jesus shrine

In The Elusive Presence Samuel Terrien moved from the Hebrew Bible to the New Testament understanding of God’s presence. He talked about the annunciation of Jesus.  He did not mean only the angel Gabriel’s appearance to Mary, but also the … Continue reading

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The Elusive Presence-time and space

Samuel Terrien, in the Elusive Presence summed up the Hebrew Bible’s concern with the presence of God: “For more than a thousand years, the religion of Israel was dominated by the experience, the memory, or the hope of divine presence. … Continue reading

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Computer problems

Speaking of the woes of Job as I was. . . I live outside of Kansas City.  The temperature has been over 100 degrees Fahrenheit for most of the last two weeks.  Overuse of air conditioning has caused some power … Continue reading

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The Elusive Presence-Job

One of the reasons Samuel Terrien saw biblical theology as all about God’s presence rather than covenant was the wisdom literature:  Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Job and the Song of Solomon.  The concept of covenant is absent in these writings. I will … Continue reading

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The Elusive Presence-Singers

Samuel Terrien pointed out in The Elusive Presence that the great prophets were poets. This moves him naturally to a consideration of the Psalms. Music mediates the divine presence in ancient Israel’s worship and daily life. Sometimes the prophets may … Continue reading

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The Elusive Presence-Elijah

Samuel Terrien’s The Elusive Presence has a chapter on the prophetic vision. Prophecy means completely different things to different Christians today. If you come from a conservative or Pentecostal church, prophecy probably means predicting the future. The prophecy section in … Continue reading

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The Elusive Presence-from the Ark to the Exile

One of the things I am doing with these posts is reporting on older books I think have something to say even though their message may seem unfashionable today. That was the point of going through Adam Welch’s old The … Continue reading

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The Elusive Presence-Moses

Exodus 33:11 “The LORD spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend.” Spiritually this was how Israel remembered Moses. According to Samuel Terrien, the historical Moses was more a charismatic leader and war lord than … Continue reading

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The Elusive Presence-Abraham

I have noticed an irony in twentieth-century theories of history. The Marxists, who thought of history as the working out of social and economic processes, won out among even non-Marxists. Before Marx there had been a school of history that … Continue reading

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More on the German circumcision ruling

Last week I posted a link about a German court ruling about circumcision.  I made it sound like Germany had just outlawed a central Jewish and Muslim rite.  That may have been overblown.  But it may not have been.  The meaning … Continue reading

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