Misericordia dalle periferie e giubileo dal centro. La fecondità reciproca tra Vision e strutture in alcuni testi del Nuovo Testamento

Translated title of the contribution: Mercy from the Peripheries and Jubilee from the Centre.: The Reciprocal Fecundity of Visions and Structures in Some Texts of the New Testament

Mauro Meruzzi

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Abstract

In any complex society, there is a mutual interrelationship between the periphery and the center. This interrelationship can be applied also to the relationship between the biblical concepts of “mercy” and “jubilee.” In the New Testament, the interaction between the peripheries and the center is constituted as an exchange between vision and structure, respectively. Vision is the perspective on how existence might be otherwise; it is the opening of new existential possibilities. Structure is the organization of procedures by the center in order to avoid instability and permeability, and to make the vision accessible, experienceable and repeatable. The relationship between mercy and jubilee in the New Testament, can fall into the relationship between vision and structure, periphery and center. Mercy corresponds to vision, and the jubilee to the structure. In order to explain this point, I have chosen two couple of texts: the Syrophoenician woman (Mark 7:24-30) and the second multiplication of the loaves (Mark 8:1-10); and the beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-12) and the interpretation of the law given by Jesus (Matthew 5:17-20). Keywords: periphery, center, vision, structure, mercy, jubilee.
Translated title of the contributionMercy from the Peripheries and Jubilee from the Centre.: The Reciprocal Fecundity of Visions and Structures in Some Texts of the New Testament
Original languageItalian
Title of host publicationMisericordia dalle periferie
Subtitle of host publicationun giubileo in uscita
EditorsTiziana Longhitano
Place of PublicationRome
PublisherUrbaniana University Press
Pages53-76
Number of pages24
ISBN (Print)978-88-401-6099-3, 9788840160993 , 884016099X
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

NameQuaderni ISCSM
Volume2

Keywords

  • periphery
  • center
  • vision
  • structure
  • mercy
  • jubilee

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    Meruzzi, M. (2017). Misericordia dalle periferie e giubileo dal centro. La fecondità reciproca tra Vision e strutture in alcuni testi del Nuovo Testamento. In T. Longhitano (Ed.), Misericordia dalle periferie: un giubileo in uscita (pp. 53-76). (Quaderni ISCSM; Vol. 2). Urbaniana University Press.