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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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Breaking Fixed or Petrified Perspectives. Consideration of the aforementioned discussion about the Kingdom of God may let us be sharply aware of the inevitable and indispensable significance of the socio-politico-economic character of Jesus’ mission. Bearing this in mind, we cannot but consider Luke’s mention of the Jubilee Year as expressive, at least, of a social justice program. Accordingly, this cannot but influence our reading of the word ‘indebted’ in Lk 11:4. We should not limit our reading therefore to a fixed sin-oriented perspective. The gong has sounded! It has a warning to all who have the tendency to petrify matters. Taken positively, this warning can lead us to be critically open to more balanced interpretations as well as to more appropriate points for contextualization; hence, we can avoid a kind of ‘dogmatism’ that can make us blind and deaf to pulsating life-realities.



 
 


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