In Search of Judgement: Oliver O’Donovan on Holy Week

Monday, 30 March 2015

“‘I am seeking my brothers’, he said, ‘tell me, I pray you, where they are pasturing the flock’. And the man said, ‘They have gone away, for I heard them say, “Let us go to Dothan”‘.” (Genesis 37:16-17)self-world-and-time-ethics-as-theology-vol-1

Joseph’s journey in search of his brothers falls into two parts, divided by an encounter, casual but consequential, with a nameless stranger in the pastures of Shechem.

Shechem, where he was sent by his father to meet them, lay many miles north of Jacob’s settlement in Hebron, at the other end of their nomadic grazing circuit. But he is directed on from there, further north again, to Dothan – outside their customary range and, crucially, situated on a major trading route leading down to the coast. And that was the road up and down which the slave-traders plied, the road which led southward again to Egypt.

The Gospel speaks of Jesus, too, as a messenger sent forth by his Father in search of his brothers who have gone away. And in his case, too, there are two steps in that journey into a far country: READ MORE

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