“Contemporary humans have need of the Word, not words…”. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI recalled several times that “the encounter with Scriptures is in danger of being not ‘a fact’ of the Church.”
Over the course of eight Main Course presentations, Unlocking the Mysteries presents the “big picture” of salvation history, frees us from the narrow limits of our contingency and opens us to a communion beyond time and reminds us that we are people of the Word.
session vi: DIVIDED KINGDOM; EXILE, RETURN
Israel divides into two separate kingdoms after Solomon’s death. Ten tribes to the north secede and become a new kingdom, Israel; two tribes to the south, Judah, remain loyal to David’s successor. Both are eventually conquered and the Temple is destroyed. The Return occurs in three “waves”; the prophet, Nehemiah guides the people in rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem.