Tuesday, May 10, 2011

A new heart in Deuteronomy?

...the penitential theology of Deuteronomy expressed in chaps. 4, 10, and 30 reveals that Yahweh will effect directly an inner transformation of Israel's heart, circumcising hearts and producing repentance to bring an end to exile. No hope is placed in the people's ability to use the sacrificial system to avert sin or to repent from their sin. This does not place Deuteronomy at odds with the priestly legislation, however, because it also sees no sacrificial remedy for the kind of deliberate sin in view in Deuteronomy. As was seen in Leviticus 26, exile is also envisioned as the context that would give rise to a penitential response. Deuteronomy reveals that the people need a transformation by Yahweh to make this possible.”—A Severe Mercy, page 112

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Oh, I like that! It sounds like Jeremiah and Ezekiel. Imagine finding it in Deuteronomy!
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Ted M. Gossard said...

Thanks, jps! Excellent.

Anonymous said...


Has anyone done a serious study on Jeremiah 7 underline verse 4, 16, 21-22, 23-27?

I am perturbed by verses 21-22 for they seem to say that the Israelites from the very beginning offered sacrifices to God, that He NEVER wanted. There would be TWO religions in Israel, one Priestly & Sacrificial and the other Prophetical and all about Obedience.

Remember that YHWH wanted to wipe them off the face of the earth in Exodus 32:7-14. They had offered HUMAN sacrifices to Moloch in the Wilderness & that is why 3,000 of them were slaughtered by the Levis on Moses command (Exodus 32:21-28). This fact is hidden until we read Amos 5:21-27 and Acts 7:37-43.

Jeremiah 8:8 would seem to indicate that the scribes corrupted the Old Testament & that is why YHWH had to keep sending prophets, which the Priestly gang kept killing!

Talmudic Jews teach that the Book of Esther is a COMEDY!

I would like to hear your thoughts on this issue.