Though it endures, the Lord’s Prayer is not a “classic”: neither the ideal expression of a mature civilization nor a statement adaptable in every generation. Subverting the culture in which humans feel most at home, Jesus’ prayer offers an unsettling settlement. Its jarring consolation punctures every form of nationalism, undermines human sovereignty, and offers a bridge to other religions, to all seeking peace in this world.
Joanne Carlson Browne and Rebecca Parker“For God So Loved the World?” in Christianity Patriarchy and Abuse: A Feminist Critiqueed. Joanne Carlson Browne and Carole R. Bohn (New York: Pilgrim1989) 1-30(N.B. 26).
Rom 9:1-5; Eph 2:1-22. See Asher Finkel“The Prayer of Jesus in Matthew,” in Standing Before God: Studies on Prayer in Scriptures and in Traditioned. Asher Finkel and Lawrence Frizzell (New York: ktav 1981) 131-69.