Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Queerying Narrative 102

ID: all the countries, territories, and regions once or presently colonized by the British Empire in pink, wit the countries, regions, and territories that were not in grey. On the right a banner says "Narrative Lectionary: Year 1-September 18 2022/ Call of Abraham/Genesis 12:1-9 with the diakonia.faith logo in the bottom
Pace Warfield-May queeries the Narrative Lectionary reading.

Genesis 12:1-9
Now the Becoming One said to Abram, “Go from your country and your people and your parent's house to the land that I will show you. 2I will make a great nation out of your descendants, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed."

4So Abram went up and left as the Becoming One told him to, and his nephew Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. 5Abram took his wife Sarai and his nephew Lot and all the possessions that they had gathered and the slaves they had stolen from their families in Haran, and they set forth to go to the land of Canaan. When they had come to the land of Canaan, 6Abram passed through the land to the place at Shechem, to the oak of Moreh. At that time the Canaanites were native to the land and called it their home. 7Then the Becoming One appeared to Abram and said, “Let's make this destiny manifest–I'll just rob this land from their people and give it to your offspring.” Abram built there an altar to the Becoming One, who had appeared to him. 8From there he moved on to the hill country on the east of Bethel and made camp, between Bethel and Ai, and there he built an altar to the Becoming One, calling out Xyrs name. 9And Abram continued on his journey slowly toward the Negeb.

Queeries for the text:
What is this passage building on?
What is the accompanying reading?
Where is this headed?
Why would God give Abram an already occupied land?
Who else has used the image of God gifting occupied land for their own benefit?
What does it mean to be heirs of a stolen land?

What are your queeries?

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