This volume in the Belief series provides a new and interesting theological interpretation of Genesis through the themes of liberation and the concerns of the poor and marginalized. De La Torre remembers Jacob’s wrestling at Peniel (Gen. 32:24–32), and finds that “there are consequences when we truly wrestle with the biblical text, struggling to see the face of God.” This commentary provides theological and ethical insights that enables the book of Genesis to speak powerfully today.
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“According to every passage found throughout the biblical text in which Sodom’s wickedness is mentioned, homosexuality is never listed as the cause for God’s wrath. Such an interpretation came centuries later. The sin of Sodom and Gomorrah, according to the Bible, was a lack of justice done in the name of the society’s dispossessed. God’s anger consumes Sodom and Gomorrah because of the dominant culture’s refusal to show hospitality to those residing on their margins.” (Page 194)
“What is interesting to also note is that God makes this promise to a woman—and not just any woman, but an oppressed woman. Such a promise was not even made to Sarai, the matriarch of the faith, who only hears of God’s plans for her secondhand. Doesn’t speaking to God and receiving a promise from God make Hagar, not Sarai, the true matriarch of the Hebrew Bible?” (Page 176)
“But could it be that Hagar was simply traumatized and resentful that her mistress offered her up for rape? Coupled with Sarai’s low self-esteem due to infertility, the tension between these two women might have little to do with the uppity domestic help.” (Page 174)
“States has historically unleashed on them in an effort to protect ‘American interests.’ An immigration problem exists because, for more than a century, the United States has exploited—and continues to exploit via NAFTA—their neighbors to the south.” (Page 183)
“who is this God and, more importantly, what is the character of this God who we say we believe in (theology)? Just” (Page 3)