Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Elijah: Back to Sinai

Anderson again on Elijah...
It is significant that Elijah made a journey to Sinai...In one sense, the whole prophetic movement...was a pilgrimage back to Sinai, to the source of Israel's faith. The prophets did not claim to be innovators - individuals who came forth with bright new ideas that would enable Israel to keep up to date in the onward march of culture...They were reformers who took their stand on the ancient ground of Sinai. But in a deeper sense the prophetic movement was not a kind of archaism - a timid response to cultural crisis by retreating into the idealized past. In the message of the prophets the Mosaic past came alive in the present with new vitality and meaning...
Anderson, Living World of the Old Testament, 277