We’re doing something a bit different…
You’re invited to help write the Sunday messages in December!
Today, Chris outlined the story from the Book of Luke, Chapter 1, commonly called “the annunciation.” You can read the story here. Additionally, at the bottom of this page, you’ll find Chris’s talk notes.
If it sounds interesting to you, please read both, and ponder both and see if anything jumps out at you. What would you like to see clarified, reinterpreted, covered in depth? Anything at all that comes up for you, Chris would like to hear about so she can incorporate your questions, sticking points, or interests.
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Chris’s Talk Notes
Three Worldviews Reading Scripture (adapted from Borg, Reading the Bible Again for the First Time: Taking the Bible Seriously But Not Literally)
- The bible is a divine product, true and authoritative. It is historically and factually true, so if says it happened, it happened precisely that way.
- “This older way of seeing the Bible and Christianity is not ‘the Christian tradition.’ Rather, it is a historically conditioned way of seeing the tradition that has been shaped by the circumstances of the past few centuries.”
- Predominates in American fundamentalist and evangelical traditions.
Rational – Deconstructive
- Many events described are factually not possible
- Questions include: Did this person exist? What is the historical/cultural context?
- Jesus may be seen as a teacher of good humanistic values.
Dancing w Myth
- Stories are read — danced with — such that personal and communal wisdom emerges.
- “I don’t know if it happened this way, but i know that it’s true.”
The Story: Book of Luke, Chapter 1
- Zechariah and Elizabeth, a couple in their 90s who have no children.
- Mary, a girl — most likely around 14 years old — who is betrothed to Joseph, a tradesman
- The angel Gabriel, who visits Zechariah, Elizabeth, and Mary
The Stage & Culture
- Story takes place a couple of years BCE, in the hill country of Judea
- Females were the property of men — fathers, then husbands. Brothers if necessary.
- Deuteronomy tells us of the fate of a woman found not to be a virgin
If a man marries a girl who is claimed to be a virgin, and then finds that she is not, “they shall bring the girl to the entrance of her father’s house and there her townsmen shall stone her to death” (Deut. 22:20)
- Sterility is taken to be a sign of divine disfavor.