There is a built in desire in human beings to renew time or to use a biblical term, to redeem time.
This idea is found in the rituals of all of the cultures surrounding Israel in the Ancient Near East as well as in the rituals of Israel (see Man and Temple, Patai below).
We also find this idea woven into the biblical text.
In this first video we look at the biblical holiday - Festival of Trumpets - as well as the Gospel of John to illustrate this idea.
In part 2 - we'll look at a series of symbols from the creation narrative in Genesis 1-3 which are then repeated throughout the biblical text at major point of renewal - right up to and including Jesus.
Some resources to dig deeper into this topic:
Man and Temple: In Ancient Jewish Myth and Ritual by Raphael Patai
Myth of the Eternal Return: Cosmos and History by Mercea Eliade
Following Jesus: Biblical Reflections on Discipleship by N.T. Wright
If you are not familiar with God's Holidays - which we review in this video - a great resource is from RBC Ministries: Discovery Series which are linked here:
The Holidays of God: Spring Feasts which cover Passover, Unleavened Bread, and the Festival of Weeks
The Holidays of God: Fall Feasts which covers the Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah), Day of Atonement, and the Festival of Tabernacles.
Scott Broberg - I have a Masters of Divinity (MDiv) from Bethel Seminary - San Diego - Biblical Studies with and emphasis on the Old Testament.
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