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A Reflection on Lovely Like Jerusalem, by Aidan Nichols

The Old Testament begins with the book of Genesis, and in both literal and narrative terms, this book serves to establish a new history. As we continue reading, however, it becomes clear that the Torah, as Nichols explains, can be understood as the “epic of Israel's nationhood, the foundation of the people's life”. In this sense, the book of Exodus functions as a means to demonstrate that the people of Israel “could be free to worship the God of the patriarchs in the land that had been promised” but more importantly, “in the way God desired”. This leads directly into the book of Leviticus, which describes how man can fulfill his relationship with God, in a very material sense. Leviticus explains that “what was produced by human labor” became man's through his own work and could thus “be offered on his behalf to God”. Though Nichols explains that Numbers is largely a description of the preparations for, the journey to, and events upon, the Moabite plain, the greater significance of the book comes through the description of miraculous and providential occurrences that act as a catalog of “covenantal love of the Lord for his people”.  The Old Testament begins with the book of Genesis, and in both literal and narrative terms, this book serves to establish a new history. It becomes clear that the Torah, as Nichols explains, can be understood as the “epic of Israel's nationhood, the foundation of the people's life”. ...
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The object of this inquiry "A Reflection on Lovely Like Jerusalem, by Aidan Nichols" is not to become mired in the text, but rather to attain a deeper and more lucent appreciation of the mind and devotion of those who first spoke these words, and for their significance when spoken by ourselves…
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