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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
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The Historical Context of the Our Father. The ‘Our Father’ must be seen, at least, in the context of Jesus’ historical mission for total salvation or the Kingdom of God.[2] At the outset, let me clarify a priceless treasure I found in my biblical search: salvation in the Bible is not only about redemption from sin; it is also about the eradication of other forms of evil especially poverty, oppression and injustice. Hence, biblical salvation is total; being so, it is very much at home with the so-called corporal or earthly concerns such as food for the hungry, release to the oppressed, and liberation of the poor from destitution. And when Jesus and his fellow Jews prayed for total salvation, they uttered, ‘May your Kingdom come.’ This was a petition about total well-being that takes place in history -- as distinguished from a non-biblical and inadequate understanding of salvation as merely for souls uprooted from concrete events. Biblically speaking therefore, every life-story that seeks total salvation is essentially about flesh-and-blood people, especially the awakened poor and oppressed who struggle the most for the banishment of any form of evil in history. This understanding of total salvation, indeed, was very meaningful in Jesus’ historical context which was characterized by mass poverty, oppression and injustice caused by Imperial Rome and its ally, the elite Jewish leadership.


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