Friday, August 24, 2007

More clues from "Jesus of Nazareth" on the new Encyclical

I might keep posting these as I find them--and then see how accurately they reflect the Encyclical when Pope Benedict (or his Curia) finally get around to (translating and) releasing it.

Today's snippet is again from "Jesus of Nazareth":
For the rabbis, everyone is tied by the same relationships to a permanent social order; everyone is subject to the Torah and so everyone is equal within the larger body of all Israel. [Rabbi] Neusner thus concludes: "I now realise, only God can demand of me what Jesus is asking" (p.68).

We come to the same conclusion as in our earlier analysis of the commandment to keep the Sabbath. The Christological (theological) argument and the social argument are inextricably entwined. (p115)

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