Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Living Spiritual Rhythms - July 8

In a logic of superabundance we find there is an excess of giveness. God, for example, loves and creates in a superabundant manner that cannot be entirely contained in the material world or captured by language. In this light, Genesis 1-3 could be viewed as a limit expression text. That is, the text goes to the limit that language and the natural world can bear, pushing the ancient Near Eastern boundaries as far as they could go, without being in any way a comprehensive recounting of beginnings. This type of text not merely prevents knowledge from becoming exhaustive, but it dissuades interpreters from attempting totalizing interpretations that would then defy the limit character of the narrative trajectory.