Searching for Our Human Face: We Are All in Exile

Eclectic Orthodoxy

by Brian C. Moore, Ph.D.

I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse; therefore choose life that you and your descendants may live (Deut. 30:19).

Well, this is not as easy as it seems. I take it this is part of the human struggle, this choosing. I am unsure that the Deuteronomist understood the complexity. For the authors of Exodus and Judges, it is very simple. When Israel is righteous and sticks with God, blessings come. Backslide, start to take up with foreign women and foreign gods, and wrath will find you as sure as thunder flash follows lightning. It was only after exile and some of the more impetuous prophets that one hears a more perplexed voice. Job, of course, is set far in the past, prior to Abraham and Israel, but his dramatic…

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