Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Krister Stendahl and Tikvah Frymer-Kensky at Washington National Cathedral on November 5, 2002. Amongst other things, he speaks about the notion of "holy envy" -- when I sit in the synagogue on Yom Kippur and I hear the "kol nidre," I must say as John Wesley did in another context, my heart is strangely warmed. It isn't "cut flowers" to put in my own house.

In the dialogue section they note that the Bible lives by interpretation--it lives in faithfulness and organic continuity and change. Ideas in it are juxtaposed and challenged by speakers. We can recognize this and state preferences. The act of studying scriptures helps to refine our moral ideas. Texts of victimization of women for example make a claim that the period before when these acts took place was indefensible and needs not to be repeated. These texts are meant to indict a society showing what went wrong.

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