This is a draft modified slightly as it was presented 4 May 2014 at the AAR-EIR meeting at Syracuse University. I have removed only a few of the literary artefacts of previous versions. After the presentation, several discussion questions were raised. There are as follows (as best I can from memory):
- I was asked to address more on the idea of divine abandonment.
- The chair pointed out the work still to do on one particular aspect — the civil war between God and Israel.
- Questions were asked about this suggestion fits into early Christian martyrologies.
- Other questions pointing to application were raised, such as
- How does this fit into historic theology
- What would such a suggestion change today
- How can we use this to understand current religious/political martyrdom
Note, I have used Matthew Fox’s translation of Pharsalia, unless otherwise noted. The numbers, since it is a kindle version, are a bit off. I will update these lines once I return to this subject.
Thank to Adam for the invite and the warm reception.
- EIR/AAR Meeting: 19th Century Upstate New York Religions and their Heirs (usreligion.blogspot.com)
- Panels of Interest at the AAR (warpweftandway.wordpress.com)
- Images of Jesus, Personal and Historical – “Social Memory” at AAR/SBL (naturalspirituality.wordpress.com)
- Wheaton’s PhD Students and Faculty at ETS/AAR/SBL 2013 (marccortez.com)