The scriptures were not written in a vacuum. They spoke to the Hebrew people within the pagan and cultural ambiance of their time. In this manner, God could both get their attention in a way they would understand and would then insert himself into that world view, like the Trojan Horse, or like new leaven, to transform all those things we thought we knew.
This book tries to trace some of these steps in which God met a people in darkness and incrementally began to bring them to light, the light that would not shine upon them until they finally rejected him in Christ.
And when this light did shine, we saw God’s light of community, of forgiveness and neighbour love, from which comes about his promised new creation. The Trojan Horse, the leaven of the new creation, is our own self-giving, through which the Holy Spirit brings about new life.
This teaches the church our correct response to persecution.
“The kingdom of God is sacrificing our self, in order not to sacrifice our neighbour.” “For the world to be Christian, good reciprocity must replace bad reciprocity.” (Rene Girard)
The overthrow of pagan sacrifice and violence.