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Justice and Righteousness (Read Micah 6:1-8)

Background work –
Listen to N.T.Wright lecture here:

1. In the New Testament, the word for righteousness and justice are essentially the same, sharing the same root. In an era of individualism, the word for ‘justice’ is generally translated ‘righteousness’. When most of us think of righteousness, we think of personal holiness in how we conduct our behaviour. So when we read “blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness,” we tend to think of people who want to be good. Jesus’ first hearers, a downtrodden people, living under a hostile superpower that trampled all over the promised land, would have heard Jesus say, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice.”

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