Prophets performing as public theologians

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Abstract

The prophets of the Hebrew Bible used all sorts of unusual actions to get their message across in the public arena. Can they be an inspiration for a public theology institution nudging up against the Parliamentary Triangle in the nation's capital? How can the prophets inspire our engagement in the spheres of politics and society in our day?This paper is informed by 'Biblical Performance Criticism,' a newly emerging discipline amongst Biblical scholars. As a method it analyses the ancient Biblical texts for inherently performative themes and features. It is especially applicable to the prophetic books of the Hebrew Bible where the prophets are 'actors' who live out the drama of their message in their own bodies and experiences.This paper will introduce Biblical prophets: faithful followers of Yahweh who are nonetheless required to perform symbolic acts that render them vulnerable to mocking and scorn by those to whom the messages are directed. This paper will ask whether the risky performances of prophets in the public sphere reinforce or detract from their message, and whether such a model is still appropriate today.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGlobal Network for Public Theology
Subtitle of host publication3rd Triennial Consultation
PublisherBiblical Performance Criticism website
Pages1-9
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventThe Changing Face of Christianity in the 21st Century - Canberra, Australia
Duration: 01 Sep 201005 Sep 2010

Conference

ConferenceThe Changing Face of Christianity in the 21st Century
Country/TerritoryAustralia
Period01/09/1005/09/10

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