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Between the Lines: Proper 7- June 23, 2013

Text: 1 Kings 19:1-4, (5-7), 8-15a

You Are Here

You Are Here (Photo credit: cabbit)

Then the word of the LORD came to him, saying,
“What are you doing here, Elijah?”

This is reminiscent of God’s question of Genesis 3:9 – But the LORD God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?

This kind of question is perhaps not asked because God does not know the answer but because the one being questioned does not know the answer: “Where are you, Adam?”  Adam’s answer should be a shocker for him to hear himself speak out loud: “I am hiding from the Lord God!!!”

So Elijah must answer for himself the question: “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

We, too, must ask ourselves the same questions: “Where am I and what am I doing here?!”  And we need to voice our answer so that we ourselves might hear it.

– Terry Dowdy

“Between the Lines” is excerpted from BibleWorkbench, a weekly resource for engaging the biblical story in a new way published by the Educational Center in Charlotte, NC.  For details and subscription information, see  About BibleWorkbench.


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Karen Armstrong speaks on Socratic dialogue

A Socratic dialogue does not end with one of the opponents bludgeoning the other into the ground, but in the common acknowledgement of the profundity of human ignorance, expressive of a kind of transcendence in the human condition. There is always something that eludes our grasp.

In this brief excerpt from a talk she gave at Chatauqua in 2009, best-selling writer and scholar of religion Karen Armstrong describes how the Socratic approach- the method based on questions that is used in BibleWorkbench – works in deepening our appreciation for one another and for our humanity.