Friday, June 01, 2012

Cosmogony and existence

"Why did Second Isaiah wish to make cosmogony and exodus parallel? For the same reason as the tradition that he inherited did: to give cosmic breadth to the historical event. As an incursion into the domain of Pharaoh the king of Egypt the exodus had worldwide effects! Those effects were underscored by associating the victory over Pharaoh with the primordial victory that brought the world into being. Both acts resulted in the emergence of a new people. From Second Isaiah's rhetorical perspective, Israel in Babylon found itself in a position like that of the Hebrews in Egypt. Away from its rightful, divinely given land, the people had ceased in any true sense to be Yahweh's people. To become fully alive again, they needed to embark on a new exodus-land taking, a new cosmogony."—Creation Accounts in the Ancient Near East and in the Bible, pages 170-171

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Fascinating concept. Sort of like the born-again symbolism that Jesus uses in John 3...
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