Blogroll: Peter Leithart

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Remaking NYC

Tue, 24/04/2018 - 13:00
In an essay exploring (in typical Marxian fashion) the cultural effects of late capitalism (specifically on architecture), Frederic Jameson tells a fascinating story about the Rockefeller Center, drawing on Robert Fitch’s The Assassination of New York. Fitch’s story is about the conspiracy to change New York City from a manufacturing town to a town full […]
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Atonement and Ascension

Tue, 24/04/2018 - 12:00
In Hebrews, atonement isn’t achieved on the cross. Instead, the cross initiates a trajectory that ends with Jesus’ ascent as priest into heaven. So argues David Moffitt in Atonement and the Logic of Resurrection.. He argues that the writer to the Hebrews contrasts angels and the Son to emphasize that “it is Jesus’ perfected humanity, […]
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Triune Creation, Triune History

Mon, 23/04/2018 - 12:00
God created a mapped world. It was divided into zones, which were the fundamental zones of human life. God planted a garden in the east of the land of Eden. The garden wasn’t Adam and Eve’s home, but the place of their meeting with Yahweh the Creator. In the garden were two trees, which had […]
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Re-Enacting Eden

Fri, 20/04/2018 - 12:00
Joel Humann ends his dissertation on Numbers 19 by drawing attention to the cosmological dimensions of the ritual of the red cow. He finds conceptual and verbal links back to Genesis 1-3, allusions that explain the details of the rite and its overall thrust. The sprinkling of the corpse-defiled person on the third and seventh […]
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A Hamlet Sampler

Thu, 19/04/2018 - 13:00
Literary uses. Many writers allude directly and indirectly to Hamlet the play and Hamlet the prince. Melville’s Pierre tears up his copy of Hamlet while vowing to act on the new revelations concerning his dead father. Goethe’s Wilhelm Meister aspires to produce Hamlet, Eliot alludes to Hamlet in Prufrock and Waste Land, and Kafka and Mallarme […]
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Death and Life in the Wilderness

Thu, 19/04/2018 - 12:00
Joel Humann’s Durham dissertation on Numbers 19 (the red cow and the waters of purification) is wonderfully illuminating. After a judicious close reading of the chapter, he turns to the question of the placement of the passage within Numbers. He observes that in Numbers the wilderness becomes a place of death. Death results specifically from […]
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Romantic Hamlet

Wed, 18/04/2018 - 12:00
After 1800, Hamlet became an emblem of human existence in all sorts of guises, employed as a symbolic turning point in Western cultural history, whatever the character of that turning point might be. Is the main conflict of modern Europe a religious choice between Catholicism and Protestantism? Hamlet, the student of Wittenberg, symbolizes the paralyzing […]
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Hamlet Before Romanticism

Tue, 17/04/2018 - 12:00
Shakespeare’s Hamlet is indisputably one of the most important dramatic works in the history of Western literature. It has been staged countless times, filmed often, and commented upon too often to recount. Unlike many other dramatic works, Hamlet has not been the province of critics alone, but has been an important source for reflection and […]
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Spirit, Old and New

Mon, 16/04/2018 - 12:00
Proper time moves through redemptive history: The Father sends the Son to be incarnate at Advent and Christmas; the Son lives, dies, rises again, and ascends; and He gives the Spirit at Pentecost. The Church calendar climaxes with Pentecost, before moving into the “off-season” of Trinity. The church calendar is theologically instructive, showing that our salvation […]
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Jesus and Moses

Fri, 13/04/2018 - 15:00
Raymond Brown makes this comment in his discussion of the sign at the wedding feast: “Scholarly interpretations to the contrary, John does not put primary emphasis on the replacing of the water for Jewish purifications, nor on the action of changing water to wine . . . nor even on the resultant wine. John does […]
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Scripture Is Music

Fri, 13/04/2018 - 15:00
Alastair Roberts and Andrew Wilson’s splendid Echoes of Exodus begins with the claim that “Scripture is music” (21). Music functions as a controlling metaphor for Scripture and for reading Scripture. That means, for starters, that the Bible is written to a pulse of tension and resolution: “Sometimes two or more books of the Bible, or […]
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Paul and the End

Fri, 13/04/2018 - 15:00
N.T. Wright recognizes that the message of imminent judgment is central to the mission and ministry of Jesus (cf. Jesus and the Victory of God). He insists too that Paul is aware of Jesus’ prophecy and that Paul’s mission is shaped by the looming catastrophe. This from Paul in Fresh Perspective (56): “there are some […]
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Spirit-Led Scholarship

Fri, 13/04/2018 - 13:30
Discussing recent movements in Pauline studies, N.T. Wright (Paul in Fresh Perspective, 17) insists on three points. First: “there are such things as texts; however much we deconstruct them, they bounce back with renewed challenge.” Second: “there are such things as fresh and compelling readings of texts; new pairs of eyes, no doubt with new […]
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Humanizing Slaves

Fri, 13/04/2018 - 13:30
Exodus 21:26-27 requires a slave-owner to release a slave if he destroys his or her eye or tooth. Shalom Paul (Studies in the Book of the Covenant, 78) claims that this is unprecedented in ancient law codes. He admits that “a slave is not considered the peer of a freeman,” yet “in an unparalleled example […]
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Altar on the East

Fri, 13/04/2018 - 13:30
The Hebrew word for “east” is mizrach. The Hebrew word for “altar” is mizbeach. A pun? Perhaps. The bronze altars in the tabernacle and temple were in the court to the east of the front doorway (the eastern) doorway of the sanctuary. The mizbeach was on the mizrach. A few associations suggest themselves. East is […]
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River from the House

Fri, 13/04/2018 - 12:00
In Ezekiel 47, the prophet is shown a vision of a rebuilt temple. A river flows from the throne of Yahweh, under the threshold on the east of the house, and out to the land. As it flows, is makes the land fruitful, and when it reaches the Dead Sea it turns the salt water […]
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Politics in Wood-World

Fri, 13/04/2018 - 12:00
For several decades, James Wood has bestridden the world of literary criticism like a Colossus. But Thomas Meaney suggests that there is something amiss in Wood-World. Meaney argues that “What distinguished Wood from most of his contemporaries and immediate predecessors was his focus on matters of aesthetic liberty over social justice, and the suggestion that […]
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Biblical Aesthetics

Fri, 13/04/2018 - 12:00
A recurring theme of medieval treatments of beauty, writes Umberto Eco (Art and Beauty in the Midlde Ages), is “the beauty of being in general. It was a period in whose history darkness and contradiction may be found, but its philosophers and theologians had an image of the universe that was filled with light and […]
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Of Water and Cisterns

Thu, 12/04/2018 - 12:00
Proverbs 5:15-23 follows the warnings of 5:1-14 concerning the seductive adulterous woman. The adulterous woman tempts by promising pleasure and, even more importantly, through flattery (vv. 2-3). The adulterous woman is attractive because she makes a young man feel oh so good about himself. Solomon goes on, however, to point to the deadly consequences of listening […]
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Mary at Calvary

Wed, 11/04/2018 - 12:00
Mary appears twice in John’s Gospel. She is at the wedding of Cana, where Jesus does His first sign and first reveals His glory. She reappears at the foot of the cross (John 19), at the hour of Jesus. As Max Thurian points out (Mary, Mother of All Christians), Jesus’ words to her and the […]
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