Ton Veerkamp: „The World Different“

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Political History of the Grand Narrative. Actually, instead of “Die Welt anders” Ton Veerkamp had wanted to call his book “Voice only.” Because according to the Bible, “God” is not a supreme being, but the voice that in the Torah of Israel authoritatively brings forward a basic order of freedom and equality. I strongly recommend his challenging book for reading.

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Solidarity against the World Order

A Political Reading of the Gospel of John about Yeshua Messiah of all Israel. The English translation of Ton Veerkamp’s interpretation is here combined with a colometrical English translation of the Gospel of John also based on publications by Ton Veerkamp and on the “Complete Jewish Bible” (Copyright Dr. David H. Stern. Used with Permission from Messianic Jewish Publishers, www.messianicjewish.net).

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The Manifest Messiah

First main part of the book: “Solidarity against the World Order”. After his proclamation as Messiah by Yochanan, Yeshua gathers disciples. The “Messianic wedding” at Cana clarifies his goal: the restoration of Israel’s unity with its God; through this, Israel experiences liberation from death, which emerges from the “other sign” at Cana, the healing of a royal official’s son.

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The Hidden Messiah

Second main part of the book: “Solidarity against the World Order”. On the occasion of five Judean festivals, the Messiah Yeshua brings about the liberation of Israel from paralysis, hunger, blindness, and death in four signs, but his Judean opponents do not accept him, even former confidants abandon him, his kingship is zealotically misunderstood: as the Messiah, he remains hidden.

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The Farewell of the Messiah

Third main part of the book: “Solidarity against the World Order”. The world order, represented by Pilate, murders Yeshua, the King of Israel. By voluntarily taking upon himself the death on the cross, the Messiah is ascending to the FATHER, thus handing over to his disciples GOD’s inspiration of fidelity. This Holy Spirit of solidarity is overcoming the world order.

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Galilee – Setting out to Follow the Messiah

Fourth main part of the book: “Solidarity against the World Order”. In the end, John’s group, inspired by Yeshua, breaks out of its sectarian isolation “behind locked doors” for joining the Judeo-Messianic movement led by Peter, not without preserving a certain independence. Following the Messiah means “letting oneself be girded” to solidarity, like Yeshua in the washing of the feet.

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Blind Disciple of Jesus

John Hull argues with Jesus: “I always live in the dark. But for you, people who live in the dark are the evil incarnate. Me too, I want to feel as a child of light, if this light means God’s love! You need not heal me, but would you accept me as your disciple even if I remain being blind?”

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Mary Magdalen and Jesus, ascending

Similar to Eliseus seeing his teacher Elias when being taken up to heaven, Mary Magdalen sees her teacher Jesus on his way to the Father in heaven. Does Jesus originally give a double portion of his spirit to her, like Elias did to Eliseus? Does Jesus intend to appoint her to be his successor leading and teaching the congregation?

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The Making Of “Mary, Purest Maid”

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Response from Experience at the workshop with Jane Schaberg about „The Illegitimacy of Jesus“ as part of the seminar „Gegenwärtige feministische Entwürfe als Herausforderung an Exegese, Predigt und Seelsorge“, on Octobre 23, 2009, 2:30 p. m. (Wissenschaftlich-Theologisches Seminar Universität Heidelberg).

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“Mary, purest Maid”

A pastor‘s plea for the virginal innocence of a sexually abused girl (*) This essay takes as a starting point the hypothesis: Mary, the mother of Jesus, may have been abused. Nevertheless – that is the thesis which is crucial for Helmut Schütz – in God’s eyes she is his “pure maid”, and Jesus is the Son of God.

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