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Brueggemann on Bible

Nobody’s interpretation is innocent.

Citing 2 Samuel 24 & 1 Chronicles 21, Walter Brueggemann argues for the plurality of interpretation even within the Bible itself.  This seems scary to me on the basis of my background, however, I do remember a sermon given by the interim pastor at my first church, a “moderate” (which is still quite conservative) Church of Christ, in which he argued that the unpardonable sin of blasphemy isn’t unpardonable after all.  That was risky in my church context.  But back to Walter, I think he’s onto something.  The multi-voiced text of the Bible converses with itself right before our eyes, and though we say we read it regularly, we tend to miss the dialogue between the texts.  If we don’t miss it, we find ways or interpretations that smooth over the apparent “issues” within the texts.  As Walter often says, we have a major problem with letting the text be the text even in our attempts to harmonize scripture.

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