Extra Credit: Let Justice Roll Down

Many others have basically summed up all of the observations and main points of the lecture. So, something I thought might be interesting to do while at the lectures, was to make a list of anything that any speakers mentioned that could be found in the Bible, both Old and New Testaments. So, here is my list:

Genesis. Two separate speakers used the term in order to mean “beginning”, not like a Pronoun of the Book of Genesis.

– The Sheep and the Goats parable, Matthew 25: 31-46

    31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

   34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

   37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

   40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

   41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’

   44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’

   45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’

   46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

– Amos 5: 18-24

18 Woe to you who long
for the day of the LORD!
Why do you long for the day of the LORD?
That day will be darkness, not light.
19 It will be as though a man fled from a lion
only to meet a bear,
as though he entered his house
and rested his hand on the wall
only to have a snake bite him.
20 Will not the day of the LORD be darkness, not light—
pitch-dark, without a ray of brightness?

 21 “I hate, I despise your religious festivals;
your assemblies are a stench to me.
22 Even though you bring me burnt offerings and grain offerings,
I will not accept them.
Though you bring choice fellowship offerings,
I will have no regard for them.
23 Away with the noise of your songs!
I will not listen to the music of your harps.
24 But let justice roll on like a river,
righteousness like a never-failing stream!

– they referred to racism/slavery in America as America’s “original sin

– The Parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man, Luke 16: 19-31

– Luke 9: 23

23 Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.

– the term “theos” when discussing dualism and our role in society

These were just specific examples that I caught on to. Much of the Bible was discussed more generally throughout each of the main speaker’s speeches. Also something for anyone interested, a video of a song that a student in the University of Kentucky Choir sang by himself in front of everyone:

As for me, the atmosphere inside of the lecture hall, as well as the subject being professed was something that I had never been exposed to, to say the least. Someone mentioned they felt “right at home” throughout the two and a half hours, while I must admit that I had no idea what to expect and felt a little uncomfortable at times. I guess that is what college is partially about though, no? Opening our eyes to a wide range of opinions and ideas that maybe you have not been exposed to whether you agree or disagree. Thanks for the extra credit opportunity, it was certainly eye opening. As for the readings throughout this entire semester, I have thoroughly enjoyed not only the depth of our discussions, but the attention we gave to many parts of the Bible I have never read before. I would say that Job is undoubtedly my favorite of everything we read, as I have previously stated. Just cannot and will never be able to get enough of such a fantastically dense book of scripture. I really wish some other professor would step up and offer the “New Testament as Literature” course in the Fall!

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About Ben Ward

Ben Ward is sophomore at the University of Kentucky, majoring in Architecture and minoring in English.
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