Whose Kingdom? Whose Power? Whose Glory?

In: Horizons in Biblical Theology
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  • 1 Princeton Theological Seminary, P. O. Box 821, 64 Mercer Street, Princeton NJ 08542-0803, USA

Abstract

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.

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    Simone Weil, Waiting for God (New York: Putnam’s, 1951), 226-27.

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    Philip Zaleski and Carol Zaleski, Prayer: A History (Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2005), 15.

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    Ann and Barry Ulanov, Primary Speech: A Psychology of Prayer (Atlanta: John Knox, 1982).

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    Raymond E. Brown, “The Pater Noster as Eschatological Prayer,” Theological Studies 22 (1961): 175-208.

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    See Marianne Meye Thompson, The Promise of the Father: Jesus and God in the New Testament (Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2000).

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    Joanne Carlson Browne and Rebecca Parker, “For God So Loved the World?” in Christianity, Patriarchy, and Abuse: A Feminist Critique, ed. Joanne Carlson Browne and Carole R. Bohn (New York: Pilgrim, 1989), 1-30 (N.B. 26).

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    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 Tradition, ed. Asher Finkel and Lawrence Frizzell (New York: ktav, 1981), 131-69.

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  • 27

    Consult Hans Walter Wolff, Anthropology of the Old Testament (Philadelphia: Fortress, 1974), 33-35.

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    Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527), The Prince (1532) (New York: Norton, 1977).

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    Immanuel Kant (1724-1804), Critique of Pure Reason (New York: Modern Library, 1958), esp. 257, 259.

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    John Stuart Mill (1806-1873), On Liberty (1859) (New York: Penguin, 1983).

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    Ron Suskind, “Without a Doubt: Faith, Certainty, and the Presidency of George W. Bush,” The New York Times Magazine (17 October 2004): 51.

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    Jean-Paul Sartre, No Exit and Three Other Plays (New York: Vintage, 1955), 47.

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    Petuchowski and Brocke, The Lord’s Prayer and Jewish Liturgy, 28.

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