A Holy People: Jewish and Christian Perspectives on by Marcel Poorthuis, Joshua Schwartz

By Marcel Poorthuis, Joshua Schwartz

A Holy humans investigates a number of the ways that Jews and Christians outline their spiritual id, humans or neighborhood, as being holy. holding in brain that old stories can supply nutrition for notion concerning modern concerns, the examine deals a wide number of essays, with regards to the biblical, patristic and medieval interval and particularly to the fashionable interval. the most obvious query of many within the smooth international to whether the characteristic of the ‘holiness’ permits acknowledgement of genuine faith open air the personal non secular group, merits a good solution and well-documented examine: too simply the declare of holiness intertwines with claims of energy, even if via rivalling teams in the non secular neighborhood, by way of teams divided alongside gender traces, or at the point of territorial claims. it will likely be of particular value to students and common readers drawn to an interdisciplinary method of theology, rabbinics, heritage, political technological know-how, and lots more and plenty extra.

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G. Jer 25:30; Lam 1:15) We shall cite two biblical traditions important for our discussion later on. The first is Joel 4:13: Swing the sickle, for the crop is ripe; come and tread, for the winepress is full, the vats are overflowing! For great is their wickedness. The juice of the grapes is the blood of the nations being punished for their wicked deeds. The clearest image, though, of punishment is found in Isa 63:1–6 which describes the vengeance wreaked upon Edom, the symbol of Israel’s enemies: Who is coming from Edom, in crimsoned garments from Bozrah— who is this majestic in attire pressing forward in His great might?

6 For you will find in Scripture: I am laying in Zion a chosen cornerstone of great worth. Whoever has faith in it will not be put to shame. 7 So for you who have faith it has great worth; but for those who have no faith ‘the stone which the builders rejected has become the corner-stone’, 8 and also ‘a stone to trip over, a rock to stumble against’. They trip because they refuse to believe the word; this is the fate appointed for them. 9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a dedicated nation, a people claimed by God for his own, to proclaim the glorious deeds of him who has called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.

Holy People’ in 1 Peter As compared to the other passages in which the notion ‘holy people’ is found, it is without saying that this concept received a totally new, or at least additional, meaning in the First Letter of Peter (Baily Wells, 208–240). First of all, let us have a look at the text. 4 So come to him, the living stone which was rejected by men but chosen by God and of great worth to him. 5 You also, as living stones, 12 pancratius beentjes must be build up into a spiritual temple, and form a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

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