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"A Time to Scatter, a Time to Gather"

Playoust, Catherine (2010) "A Time to Scatter, a Time to Gather". Pacifica, 23 (1). pp. 1-14. ISSN 1030-570X

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The beginning of the academic year (the occasion when this paper was delivered at the United Faculty of Theology) is not only a time to gather but also a time when people and ideas are scattered in various ways for the sake of theological education. Several biblical and early Christian texts deal with the themes of scattering and gathering, particularly in three interlocking contexts: the sowing of seed to produce a harvest that will be gathered in; the dispersal of a multitude and its subsequent restoration to its own land; and the assembly of a group followed by its sending forth to various places with the group's goals in mind. Scattering comes with high risk, and often grief and sorrow, but bears the potential for joy at the attainment of the harvest or other goals. The Gospel of John is notable for portraying the crucifixion as both a time of scattering and grief (followed by regathering and joy at the resurrection) and a time of gathering and triumph.

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Additional Information: The article is available for purchase or by subscription access at the Pacifica website on SAGE: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/1030570X1002300101 or https://journals.sagepub.com/toc/paa/23/1 . Alternatively, scholars are welcome to request a copy from the author by email. Catherine Playoust was on the faculty of the UFT (JTC) at the time of publication; she moved to CTC in 2015.
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Keywords: scatter,gather,Gospel of John,Apocryphon of James,United Faculty of Theology,seed,harvest,assembly,grief,joy,crucifixion
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950406 Religious Traditions (excl. Structures and Rituals)
Type of Activity: Applied Research
Subjects: B - New Testament
B - Biblical Studies, general
College/Association with University of Divinity: UFT-JTC: United Faculty of Theology - Jesuit Theological College
Depositing User: Dr Catherine Playoust
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2018 23:59
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2018 23:59
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/3362

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