Cruce Tectum

Cruce tectum, hidden under the cross, a blog for Epiphany Lutheran Church, Dorr, Michigan

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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Wenthe on Isaiah

Dr. Wenthe has a way of describing the Scriptures that never fails to tantalize. Here is a gem from his essay, "The Rich Monotheism of Isaiah as Christological Resource" (Concordia Theological Quarterly, Vol. 71, No. 1, Jan. 2007, p. 60... I've been catching up on the CTQ and other theological journals on my vacation!):

In these sixty-six chapters the character of God takes on dimensions of personality and community that are nonetheless one. This dense portrait of the God who stands utterly alone and without peer is the very heart of God's revelation. It is at the same time mysterious and beautiful. It requires a certain humility to be read rightly; no single attribute and action can be weighted at the expense of the others. One is placed in the position of simply receiving and beholding the wonder of such an exclusive and simultaneously profound God.

In such a context, Isaiah's portrait of God provides content for a truly textual Christology. Or, perhaps a more appropriate analogy would view the prophet as weaving a rich tapestry that displays the contours of God's work in such a way that the work of God, the presence of God's Spirit, and the face of Christ can all be distinguished.


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