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On Jubilee

I have never talked about [Jubilee] with pastors or seminarians or anybody where somebody doesn’t raise their hand and say “there’s no evidence that they ever really did this, is there?”

It’s the only text that people ever say that about.  
Because people intuitively recognize that it’s the most dangerous text in the Bible.  It’s the most dangerous commandment from God, that neighborliness should impinge upon our private economic well being.
And my answer to that is:
‘Well, this book is filled with stuff that hasn’t been tried yet.  So why don’t we try that?’
– Walter Brueggemann, Isaiah and the Mission of the Church (a sermon preached at Mars Hill Bible Church, 7.12.08)
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