Festschrift für Georg Fischer SJ zum 60. Geburtstag
Edited By Dominik Markl, Claudia Paganini and Simone Paganini
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*
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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