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Revelation And Revolution: Law, Justice, And Politics In The Hebrew Bible

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The atmosphere at Sinai trembles with something else besides the shock of newness - with threat, with violence - but why? The people tremble before this God, begging Moses to intercede lest they die. It seems that not only the message, but also the messenger is unbearable. Why is the revelation of the law accompanied by such fury? If the Revelation offers the gift of justice, it can either be accepted or refused, as the human history of failure and agony confirm. If the Hebrew Bible portrays humanity as persistently failing, it also insists that the radical entry of justice into the world cannot be grace in Paul works differently, imputing righteousness through the death of Christ. This is what makes the covenantal demand of justice ultimately political: while Revelation is a radical rupture into the status quo, it does not offer a miraculous solution to human pain.

Keywords: Christ; Hebrew Bible; justice; law; Moses; Paul; revelation; Sinai

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