Tuesday, July 01, 2008

The Unclaimed Crown of Zechariah from Biblische Ausbildung

...my former Old Testament seminary professor, Dr. Stephen Cook, has a fascinating post today on the unclaimed crown of Zechariah and its connection with the unclaimed throne of Gondor in the Lord of the Rings ... it has me thinking a bit about the ways that we tend to put ourselves, our church, our leaders, our "Anglican Communion," our polity and everything else into the "throne" when we should really be leaving it empty for the true King! ... check it out HERE, I've posted a bit below, as well as Stephen's posted picture above...

from Biblische Ausbildung

I am currently working on a short commentary on Zechariah for one of the New Interpreter's projects, and today I am writing up Zechariah 6:9-15. I have some fascinating student comments in my notes, including some class discussion comparing the unclaimed messianic crown of Zechariah 6 and the empty high throne in Gondor, in the Hall of Kings, in J. R. R. Tolkien's Return of the King. I've placed an image from the movie version of the story at the top of this post (click to enlarge; the high throne faces away from us at the near end of the shot). Until the coming of the true king, the high throne remains empty, and Denethor, the Steward (Lord) of Gondor, sits upon a black stone chair at the foot of the steps to the throne. Just so, the prophet Zechariah makes two crowns (see the Hebrew and NRSV n. b), one of which is to remain unclaimed until the royal Messiah, the "Branch" reveals himself in history...

read it all HERE

Biblische Ausbildung: The Unclaimed Crown of Zechariah 6:9-15

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