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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.

How can we sing? Sing the Lord's songs? In a foreign land?


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Walter Brueggemann points out that that Psalm, 137, which they usually stop before the end when it says something like happy will be he who takes your Babylonian children and dashes their brains out on a rock" was the exiled elites nostalgia for the elite society of Jerusalem which was based in exploitation of rural farmers and peasants who were largely left behind. His lectures are endlessly fascinating and interesting, as can be heard on Youtube and at his website.

I didn't know it was in Godspell, I've never seen the whole thing.

Posted by: Anthony McCarthy | Jun 20, 2018 5:08:19 PM

I like WB a lot.

Posted by: NTodd | Jun 21, 2018 3:04:08 PM

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