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The ‘Our Father’ of My Childhood
The Contexts of the Story
The Historical Context of the Our Father
My Historical Context
Blending Contexts in an On-going History
Companions on the Way
The Word ‘Debt/Indebted’ in the Our Father
Main Focus on Luke 11:4
Usual Interpretation of ‘Sin’ and ‘Debt’
Larger Than Sin
Indebtedness in Jesus’ Historical Setting
Where has the Jubilee Year Gone?
Rabbi Hillel’s Prosbul
The Significance of the Word ‘Debt’
The Jubilee Year in the Lk 4:16-30
More Than Sin-Orientation: The Kingdom of God
Breaking Fixed or Petrified Perspectives
Re-reading Lk 11:4 Through Jesus’ Eyes
Re-reading Lk 11:4 Through the Eyes of an Awakened, Poor Jew
Re-reading Lk 11:4 in the Larger Context of Luke’s Gospel
Lk 18: 18-27: a Commentary on Luke’s ‘Our Father’.
Social Justice in the Larger Context of Luke-Acts
Re-reading Lk 11:4 in the Context of Acts 2 and 4
Re-reading Luke 11:4 in My Context
The Need for an Alternative Spirituality
Before We Part Ways: Time to Recharge and Refresh
As We Part
Bibliography
Footnotes
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Let me begin with some overview:

The Contexts of the Story. The ‘Our Father’ is a part of Jesus’ life-story as found in Matthew and Luke. It is also about my life-story because it has been very significant to me since I was a child, and in a great deal, it has continued to shape my character and convictions. Hence, this essay is about the story of the ‘Our Father’ in an on-going history, comprising the prayer’s significance, both in Jesus’ time and in my contemporary life-situations. Any story, indeed, may be understood more meaningfully when it is seen in the light of history and its dynamics, such as the political, social, economic, cultural and religious. Similarly, the story of the ‘Our Father’ of my childhood is best understood within the context of Jesus’ historical dynamics as it dialogues with the context of my historical realities. (And lest I forget, my historical realities are also others’ historical realities. As I speak about my historical realities, therefore, I consequently speak for countless people whose voices have been muted by complex factors such as the culture of ignorance, indifference, blind obedience and fear of oppressive powers).



 
 


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