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Re: Lou's reply to Dinah- Lou Pilder

Posted by Dinah on April 26, 2005, at 17:32:01

In reply to Lou's reply to Dinah- Dinah, posted by Lou Pilder on April 26, 2005, at 14:47:41

Anything can be interpreted in a negative way, Lou. Did you ever see one of those comedy sketches where someone is trying to make a sexual innuendo or potty humor out of every word out of another person's mouth? It can generally be done.

But that doesn't mean that Dena intended it that way or that people with a familiarity with church history wouldn't understand it exactly as Dena meant it. But if you want to make it clear, saying something like:

"Dena, I know that you realize that Jesus wasn't talking about the Jews, but sometimes that fact is lost over the years. So I just want to remind everyone that Jesus wasn't in fact talking about the Jews, because he himself was a Jew and he wouldn't have thought about it in those terms any more than I would think about Americans being an inconsiderate bunch of people when I was complaining about my next door neighbor playing music too loud. He was talking to the people he lived his life with."

Then it would make it clear that you didn't want any misinterpretation, but also that you didn't think Dena meant anything other than what she said.

Which is not to say you have to do it that way. You can ask Dena for clarification as you did. And she can choose to clarify or not to clarify. But the other way of discussing it might be edifying and move the thread into interesting topics.

Or at least interesting to me. One of my favorite areas of inquiry in theology is the Jewishness of Jesus, and the context in that Jewishness of the things he said. Whole books have been written on the topic, and I own a goodly number of them. I don't know if anyone else is as interested as I am in the topic. But I would truly enjoy an indication that someone was.




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