Surprisingly, the destructiveness, and even violence, evident within Abraham and Sarah’s family are exactly what suits it to God’s restorative purpose. This family is God’s answer to a violent and destructive world.
Part of the Family Conflicts and the Restoration of the Cosmos series
Whether Americans adopt an Hebraic or Hellenic kind of theological worldview depends largely on if they identify more closely with an Hebraic or Hellenic kind of Christianity. The biggest determining factor may be one’s view of Scripture.
When reading biblical narratives with multifaceted characters and complex situations, the reader is challenged to decipher ethical ambiguity, think through conflicts, and discover the implications for everyday life.
Unless we heed both Scripture’s content and its form, we risk making God’s revelation into a pet: loved but powerless.
The Christian Scriptures focus on apprenticing under the correct authorities—those who skillfully discern God’s patterns in this world. Wisdom, then—for the scientist and for Christians in community—requires submitting ourselves to the proper authorities to learn discernment.
CHT Fellow Dr. Joshua Berman discusses the difference between modern notions of law and how law functioned in the ancient Near East, including within the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament).