Blair, Merryl

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    The "Order of Melchizedek": Hebrews 7 as a model for thinking ecumenically about Priesthood.
    (Journal of Ecumenical Studies; 53 (1) ) 2018 Blair, Merryl
    Ecumenical conversations around differing views of priesthood are fraught. This essay suggests that a fresh reading of the priesthood of Christ in the Letter to the Hebrews may introduce a new imagination into the topic. Using a Hebrew narrative methodology, it examines Hebrews 7 as the central point in the letter. The repetitions of the phrase "the order of Melchizedek" lead the reader more deeply into a dissection of the historical priesthood, noting the inadequacies of human traditions and demonstrating Christ's innovative example, which re-models priesthood as beyond particular systems and traditions (and even religions), to allow the grace of God to be freely mediated in unexpected ways.
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    God is an Earthquake: Destabalising Metaphor in Hosea 11
    (Australian Biblical Review ) 2007 Blair, Merryl
    This study suggests a method for examining the rhetorical function of metaphor. using an interanimation theory to examine word placement in Hosea 11, it demonstrates that words work together to construct a metaphorical space in which inadequate world views are destabilised and new world views are constructed.
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    'Beautiful in Its Time': An Optomist Reads Qoheleth
    2005 Blair, Merryl ; O'Brien, Mark ; Kelly, Michael
    The Title of Merryl Blair’s entry, “Beautiful in its Time: An Optimist Reads Qoheleth” speaks for itself. Blair refers to the divisions amongst biblical scholars on whether Qoheleth’s approach to life is one of pessimism or joy, and comes out on the side of joy. Blair takes her hermeneutical cue from Campion Murray’s insight that the key to understanding Qoheleth is 3:11, where Qoheleth claims that God has made everything beautiful in its time, and that wisdom lies in discerning the beauty of the time.