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4th Sunday before Advent October 29, 2007

Posted by Andy in lectionary.
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here are some readings I hope to comment on in the course of the week. I have to confess I’m a little befuddled by it all at the moment. Zaccheus is too close to me and I can’t see it with new eyes. Get thee to a commentary!

So far I’ve used John Pridmore.

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1. augustinian - October 30, 2007

There are a few avenues I don’t want to go down: in the past I have been all too taken up with the bigotry of second temple judaism that I have been in danger of miming it. So although our good vicar John Pridmore can do that, I don’t think I can.

There is of course the collision of the grammars to be noted:
Zacchaeus lifts himself up in order to find out who Jesus is by looking at his appearance.
Jesus brings him down to earth, disregarding how it looks (same verb for Zacchaeus’ and the crowd’s looking), and knows who Zacchaeus is (a son of Abraham) regardless of appearances.

But there is more to be had here, I suspect…


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