Rereading: The Jubilee
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The Hebrew law instructed Israelites to cancel debts, free servants, and return property to the original owners every fifty years in the Jubilee. The prophet Isaiah announced a return to this practice as a sign of God's mercy and protection. And in his very first sermon, Jesus announced himself as a fulfillment of that promise not only to Jews but to non-Jews as well. Then the audience tried to throw him off a cliff.
Today, debt cancellation still feels radical and even threatening to some. Is the jubilee hopelessly utopian or eminently practical theology for ensuring that economic power is not consolidated by the few?
Student loans. Medical debt. Mortgages. Leviticus 25. Let's talk about it!