Two Israelis, a lawyer and a rabbi, on the complicated relationship between religion and national identity
Season after Pentecost | 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)
Exodus 14:19-31; Psalm 114 or Exodus 15:1b-11, 20-21; (Genesis 50:15-21; Psalm 103:[1-7], 8-13;) Romans 14:1-12; Matthew 18:21-35
The Bible's images for God must be taken in an analogical sense. Yet the Bible exhibits no anxiety about using them.
Did Moses influence the founding of the United States? This historical question has generated controversy in Texas, where politicians, historians, and educators have recently debated whether Moses should be listed as an American founder in new social studies textbooks. It all began in 2010, when the Texas State Board of Education said that students needed to "identify the individuals whose principles of laws and government institutions informed the American founding documents, including those of Moses.”
Once again, the epic drama of slavery and freedom is upon us. No, I’m not referring to Ferguson, although others have written extensively on links there to the nation’s history of bondage, legal violence, and avoidance of justice. While others protest, this weekend millions of moviegoers will behold Exodus: Gods and Kings. “Let my people go” will square off against law and order. The fish will die; so will the first born males. The Red Sea will separate, for a time, and then its crashing waters will destroy an army. Exodus has been with Americans since the nation’s birth.