Monthly Archives: July 2015

Cook-the village and the nation-state

“It takes a village to raise a child” (African proverb). “Government is just things we decide to do together” (Barney Frank). These two sayings get combined today as though the nation-state was a village and as though the things that … Continue reading

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Cook-sacred interruptions

I have come to Deuteronomy 15:1-16:17 in Stephen Cook’s Reading Deuteronomy. This divides into four sections that seem quite different. In 15:1-11 the topic is debt relief. In 15:12-18 it is the release of indentured servants. These at least have … Continue reading

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Cook-defying Sheol

The main feature of Stephen Cook’s interpretation in Reading Deuteronomy is his refusal to interpret the book at face historical value. In other words, the literary time of the text is the days of Moses as the people camp just … Continue reading

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Cook-eschatological totalitarianism

Is Deuteronomy 13 totalitarian? In totalitarian states loyalty to the party is everything. Family members get recruited to spy on other family members. Any deviation from the party line is reported. Those deviating are labeled as reactionaries or enemies of … Continue reading

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Cook-centralization

I am reading the new commentary on Deuteronomy by Stephen Cook, Reading Deuteronomy.  I have reached the crucial 12th chapter. Deuteronomy 12 centralized worship in the temple at Jerusalem. This was a revolution. Before this there were many shrines around … Continue reading

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Cook-a way, not a law

Stephen Cook in Reading Deuteronomy makes something of the differences in the Golden Calf story between Exodus and Deuteronomy. According to Exodus–the E account, which is a source for Deuteronomy in Cook’s analysis–Moses pleads with God for mercy upon Israel … Continue reading

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Cook-testing and spiritual formation

Stephen Cook’s new commentary on Deuteronomy, Reading Deuteronomy, is my topic for this series of posts. Cook saw the Assyrian and Babylonian threat in the late monarchy as the actual historical setting for Deuteronomy–though it deals with Moses and the … Continue reading

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