Saturday, April 17, 2010

Radner on the blessing of progeny

"When Jacob blesses his grandsons, he does so not to provide them with a new ring of protection in a dangerous world but to bring on them the 'name of the Lord' in all of its full purpose, that they might recieve with grace what is done by the One who will do what he will do in any case, that they might be wholly God's, wholly and utterly, even in the face of evil.  That they might be redeemed and made pure in faith."

Ephraim Radner, "Blessing:  a scriptural and theological reflection," Pro ecclesia 19, no. 1 (Spring 2010):  15, italics mine.

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