Dedicated to the writings of Saint Luke.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Exilic Theology

Sometimes I can point to the seed of my thought. Today one of the readings is the story of Philip and the man from Ethiopia. It is introduced with the background statement that after Stephen was martyred, Philip and the rest were scattered but they continued to preach. Does Luke intend “they were scattered abroad” to be an ironic allusion to the exile?

Regardless of whether you think that Luke has made an allusion to the exile, it is apparent that exile, or the threat thereof, was an important thought process in many key biblical verses. In fact, exilic theology may be the origin of our understanding of repentance and penitential prayer.

Copyrighted 2006


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