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Gottes Wort im Menschenwort

Festschrift für Georg Fischer SJ zum 60. Geburtstag

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Edited By Dominik Markl, Claudia Paganini and Simone Paganini

Gottes Selbstmitteilung ist in den Texten der Bibel in menschlichen Worten vermittelt. Nach dem Zweiten Vatikanischen Konzil soll die Exegese diese Texte mit allen verfügbaren – menschlichen – Methoden durchleuchten, um in ihnen Gottes Wort zu finden. Georg Fischer, dem diese Festschrift gewidmet ist, hat sich stets der Vielfalt des alttestamentlichen Kanons verpflichtet gewusst. Diese Weite spiegelt sich im vorliegenden Band, der fünf Beiträge zum Pentateuch, sieben Artikel zu den prophetischen Büchern, verschiedene Studien zu den Schriften sowie eine Arbeit zum Neuen Testament vereinigt. Alle Autoren dieses Bandes sind dem Jubilar als Lehrer begegnet. Ihre Beiträge sind von seiner Ausrichtung inspiriert. Sie präsentieren exegetische Analyse, die auf das Verständnis der theologischen Botschaft abzielt.
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Principles for a God-Centered Existence: Exegetical Implications of Deut 10,12–13

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Principles for a God-Centered Existence

Exegetical Implications of Deut 10,12–13*

Thomas Karimundackal

1. Introduction

The gist of the parenesis in Deut 5–11 is signalled by the opening verses of its final major part (10:12–11:32), with Moses’ direct address to ‘Israel’ calling them to commit themselves to God, here and now. The vocabulary and message of 10:12–13 sound like an echo of 6:12–19.1 Thematically and verbally, it generates a summary of several previous Deuteronomic exhortations about Israel’s appropriate response to the Lord: to fear the Lord, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the Lord and to keep the commandments of the Lord. All these responses are interrelated acts forming a progression, which provides rich theological images to speak about Israel’s commitment to God. While fear of God helps one to walk in God’s ways and to love God, love urges one to commit oneself to the service of God with a renewed heart and soul. One who fears and loves God will serve him and keep his laws, for no one can claim to love God while neglecting to observe his laws. Therefore, the exhortation to commit oneself to God in 10:12–13 gives a fresh perspective on Israel’s relationship to God as it forms an agenda for Israel’s life, an agenda that requires a God-centred existence.

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