Tenacious Solidarity by Walter Brueggemann

Tenacious Solidarity by Walter Brueggemann

Author:Walter Brueggemann [Brueggemann, Walter]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: Fortress Press
Published: 2018-09-27T16:00:00+00:00

The matter of Sabbath keeping as life choice for an alternative existence is echoed in the poetry of Isaiah 56 concerning participation in the postexilic community of Judaism. The prophetic poem makes provision for the inclusion in the community of “foreigners and eunuchs,” two groups that some surely wanted to exclude. Most remarkably, their inclusion is premised generally on keeping covenant, but specifically on keeping Sabbath:

To the eunuchs who keep my sabbaths,

Who choose the things that please me

and hold fast to my covenant . . .

All who keep sabbath,

and do not profane it,

and hold my covenant—

these I will bring to my holy mountain. (Isa 56:4, 6–7)


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