Lapsley, Carroll, Cone: Reflection on Bible Essay

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The Israelites had come to the east of River Jordan, in a city called Moab, which was adjacent to Jericho[footnoteRef:10]. They were just about to enter the land that their fathers had been told of many years back[footnoteRef:11]. Forty years in the wilderness had transformed the children into adults who could fight and claim the promised land. Prior to this conquest, God reminded the Israelites of his covenant with them, through his servant Moses[footnoteRef:12]. [10: Deut 1:1; 29:1 (New Revised Standard Version)] [11: Gen 12:1, 6–9] [12: Merrill F. Unger, Unger's Commentary on the Old Testament (Chattanooga, Tenn.: AMG, 2002), 233.]

Moses spoke with the Israelites at least twelve times. This was a sign of the nation’s unity, which was started by God himself at Sinai and cultivated as they walked through the wilderness. While other nations at that time worshiped many Gods, Israel had only one true God. No other God was like him in all the earth. Deuteronomy 6:4 points to this strong belief among the Israelites, which stands true up to today. It states, “God is one.”[footnoteRef:13] [13: Deut 6:4]

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The book of Deuteronomy repeats the ten commandments and numerous other statutes recorded in the books of Exodus and Leviticus. Deuteronomy is basically a compilation of instructions for the Israelites on how to live a godly life in their land of promise. The 27th and 28th chapter list the benefits that come with obeying God, and the losses that arise out of disobedience[footnoteRef:14]. [14: Unger, “Unger's Commentary on the Old Testament “, 233.]

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The Hurricane Katrina’s devastating effects of 2005 can be related to the writings in the book of Deuteronomy. A colored girl, about ten years of age, was asked some questions in the vicinity of Superdome, where thousands of locals and foreigners had found shelter after the storm abated. The little girl said on live television, “I don’t want to die here.” This little girl had been saved from two disasters. First is the natural one of the hurricane, and the second one was political - she knew the danger of holding thousands of people in a room without power and adequate supplies. It is true that Superdome hosts thousands of people, but this is normally not more than three hours at any one time. Such neglect and chaos surrounding her was a sure recipe for death[footnoteRef:15]. [15: Cheryl B. Anderson, "Biblical Laws Challenging the Principles of Old Testament Ethics," in Character Ethics and The Old Testament: Moral Dimensions of Scripture, 2nd ed. (Louisville, Kentucky: Westminster John Knox Press, 2007), 47.]

The reference to death by the little girl has a compound meaning. She was not just occupying Superdome, but also a section between theory and practice, or rather between policy and implementation. The place did not allow the policies to be examined and contested. For instance, if another storm was brewing, all people were able to move to places of safety. This was in exception of the weak and poor children. The girl can be said to have lived in a breach formed by policies and acts that did not take her circumstances into consideration, whether knowing or unknowingly[footnoteRef:16]. [16: Ibid]

The bible would have a slightly varied version of the same situation, as regards ethics. Ethics requires that the condition of others be considered. For instance, hospitality in the Bible must include either the poor, women or non-Israelites. This is such a hermeneutical view of issues. This right of others dictates that obligation be me met in lieu of ethics. And this means reading our scriptures and contemporary context with some deeper insight. Thus can we empathize with the poor colored girl in New Orleans[footnoteRef:17]. [17: Anderson, "Biblical Laws Challenging the Principles of Old Testament Ethics,"38.]

  1. Anderson, Cheryl B. "Biblical Laws Challenging the Principles of Old Testament Ethics." In Character Ethics and The Old Testament: Moral Dimensions of Scripture, 37-47. 2nd ed. Louisville, Kentucky: Westminster John Knox Press, 2007.
  2. Cone, James H. "Biblical Revelation and Social… [END OF PREVIEW] . . . READ MORE

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