Presentation on theme: "This is the Deuteronomistic interpretation of history: “You want life, prosperity, land, lots of kids and grandkids? Follow these laws, and you’ll be sure."— Presentation transcript:
This is the Deuteronomistic interpretation of history: “You want life, prosperity, land, lots of kids and grandkids? Follow these laws, and you’ll be sure to get them. Don’t follow them, and you’ll be sorry.” Deuteronomy 30:15-20 Moses said to all Israel the words which the Lord commanded him, "See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, death and adversity. If you obey the commandments of the LORD your God that I am commanding you today, by loving the LORD your God, walking in his ways, and observing his commandments, decrees, and ordinances, then you shall live and become numerous, and the LORD your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to possess. But if your heart turns away and you do not hear, but are led astray to bow down to other gods and serve them, I declare to you today that you shall perish; you shall not live long in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess. I call heaven and earth to witness against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live, loving the LORD your God, obeying him, and holding fast to him; for that means life to you and length of days, so that you may live in the land that the LORD swore to give to your ancestors, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob."
Deuteronomistic History is used to explain the ups and downs of different periods. When good things happened, it was because the king forced everybody to follow the laws attributed to Moses. When bad things happened it was because the king made compromises with people who saw things differently. That’s why eventually ten of the twelve tribes got wiped out. Their kings just didn’t get with the program. Examples: Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings
Examples of Deuteronomistic History today: Tying our nation’s fate to its religiosity Make lots of promises, some dire warnings, keep making them regardless of what actually turns out, and you’re guaranteed a loyal following. And if something really bad happens, you can always say it’s because somebody was unfaithful.
You can say hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans because it’s Ellen Degeneres’s home town. Just don’t mention that Bourbon Street came through it almost untouched.
Major Periods in Deuteronomistic History (Harris, p. 148) 1. Conquest of Canaan (Joshua)
2. The twelve-tribe confederacy and its battles with local city-states (Judges)
3. Kingship of David and Solomon in response to Philistine crisis (1&2 Samuel, 1 Kings)
4. Division into Northern Kingdom (Israel) and Southern Kingdom (Judah) (1 Kings)
5. Parallel dynastic histories of both kingdoms, culminating in the destruction of Israel in 721 BCE (2 Kings)
6. King Josiah’s religious reforms in Judah (2 Kings)
7. Babylon’s obliteration of Judah and the Jerusalem Temple in 587 BCE (2 Kings)