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By Dick Boer

‘Delivery from slavery’: those phrases, taken from a Dutch labour circulate music, completely map onto the Bible’s crucial problem. also they are just like the Torah’s keyword: ‘I am YHWH, your God, who introduced you out of Egypt, out of the home of bondage' (Ex 20:2).

The phrases are invoked the following to function an axiom to be brought into the fashionable interval. The watchword ‘delivery from slavery’ interprets the biblical message of the exodus from slavery into the speculation and perform of a contemporary liberation circulation. the current paintings argues that biblical theology is the try and ‘update’ the ‘language of the message’. It searches for a language that attends to the worries of today’s global whereas ‘preserving’ the worries that initially inspired biblical language.

Biographical note
Dick Boer, Dr. theol. [1939], theologian, retired professor on the collage of Amsterdam. He has released monographs on 'theology and ideology', the heritage of contemporary theology and Karl Barth.

All attracted to biblical theology, philosophy and Marxism.

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Thus indeed is our practice: All seven days of Sukkot [Feast of Tabernacles] we recite the prayer of Hallel [joyous praise of the Lord] but on Pesach we recite the prayer of Hallel in its entirety only on the first day. Why? 29 There is also a Haggadah which recounts that the angels began to sing in praise as the people of Israel made their way towards freedom through the Sea of Reeds while the Egyptian army drowned. But God interrupted them and said: How can you sing my praises while my creatures drown?

14 What is special about biblical ideology is the radicalness of its opposition against that which can be seen. Biblical narratives demand being heard. Our eyes cannot believe what these narratives say. We cannot see that freedom and justice will kiss each other, often we cannot even see that we are moving towards that moment. There may be traces, people who do justice to each other, who live together in peace, who grant each other freedom, who are loyal and love each other. These are only traces, though, they are traces that pass and vanish in the sand.

Saved by yhwh’s solidarity! It cannot witness this solidarity without witnessing itself. Israel is that part of the whole which has been chosen by God to demonstrate his solidarity in the world. Israel hears, in the ‘hear, Israel’, that its God, yhwh, is also the God of the whole – the God who created heaven and earth. He is actually one, the one, the only. That is why Israel cannot stop believing, against all appearances, that as a part of the whole it will experience solidarity from the whole.

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