The Politics of the Shepherd’s Sign

Merry Christmas to you all!

A reflection of mine on the Christmas story has just been published on Political Theology Today.

Luke’s account of the shepherds is the story of a wondrous and remarkable sign, reminiscent of the sign of the burning bush, anticipatory of the sign of the empty tomb, and revelatory of the promised arrival of the Davidic Shepherd. The shepherd Moses’ burning bush anticipated the greater sign of the burning mountain of Sinai, as YHWH’s presence later descended upon it, appearing to the people Moses shepherded out of Egypt. The wrapped child in the manger seen by the Bethlehem shepherds anticipated the greater sign of the unwrapped linen garments in the empty tomb to the apostolic shepherds.

Read the whole thing here.

About Alastair Roberts

Alastair Roberts (PhD, Durham University) writes in the areas of biblical theology and ethics, but frequently trespasses beyond these bounds. He participates in the weekly Mere Fidelity podcast, blogs at Alastair’s Adversaria, and tweets at @zugzwanged.
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