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Critical Companion to the Bible: A Literary Reference by Martin H. Manser, David Barratt, Pieter J. Lalleman, Julius

By Martin H. Manser, David Barratt, Pieter J. Lalleman, Julius Steinberg

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After all these preparations are completed, the ark is taken to its place in Jerusalem successfully. The event is celebrated with singing and burnt offerings. After that, David installs a regular worship service at the ark according to the Mosaic Law.

The ordered calm and emotional distance, the theological maturity and vision of Baruch are light-years away from the chaotic distress occasioned by the last days of Jerusalem as recorded by Jeremiah. Synopsis The book falls into two parts: 1:1–3:8 are prose; 3:9–5:9 is poetry. They may have been written by different individuals and compiled together later. The first part purports to be a letter to those left in Jerusalem. In fact, it turns out to be a rather magnificent prayer of confession of the sins that led the Israelites into exile.

Many Romans in the story are “good characters,” such as Cornelius (chapters 10–11); the proconsul Sergius Paulus, “an intelligent man,” who becomes a Christian (13:7–12); and the tribune Claudius Lysias, who saves Paul from the Jerusalem mob (21:31–36). On the other hand, Luke shows how the Roman authorities consistently fail to protect the weak and to provide justice (3:13; 13:28; 18:17). In 4:25–28 he is negative about existing authorities, and in chapters 21–26 he exposes the authorities as lazy and incompetent, Felix as corrupt (24:26), and Festus as a liar (compare 25:9 with 20).

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