Questioning the text…

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September 23, 2012

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Read the texts online at the Vanderbilt Divinity Library:

Proverbs 31:10-31
Psalm 1 (UMH 738)
James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a
Mark 9:30-37

Color: Green

I like reading the text, I enjoy allowing it to wash over me, shape me, form me, live in me. But really, I like asking it questions. From brainstorming questions to studying academic essay’s on a text…that is just as fun. It’s interesting…I allow the text to shape me and I get to take it apart verse by verse!

Questions:

When was James written? Who is the author? Why does the lectionary skip James 4:4-6? Why was the author so mad? Who was he writing to? “You want something and do not have it; so you commit murder.” Ouch…that’s harsh! Do pastors still need to do this today? If so how? “Where there is envy and selfish ambition, there will also be disorder and wickedness of every kind” does this mean that anywhere there is disorder and wickedness that there is envy and selfish ambition? Did the community change after this letter? What were they fighting over in the first place anyway? Where else is wisdom used in the Bible? Where does is talk about earthly wisdom and wisdom from above? Is wisdom “Sophia“?

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