Flight, displacement, migration

Flight, displacement, migration

During Lent, a new season of the this site series will take place.DE Bible the refugee topic on. In seven episodes, a total of 30 texts from the Old and New Testaments are discussed. Sundays at 4 p.m. on the radio and as podcast.

There is hardly a book in which the refugee ie is dealt with as extensively and in as many ways as in the Bible. The Catholic multimedia station our site will start a new season of its bible series "explorations, explanations, settings" during this year's Lent and will put it under the topic "flight, displacement, migration". In the past years, there have already been seasons of the series on the Old Testament readings of the Easter Vigil, Advent figures and, in the run-up to the Synod on the Family, on the complex of topics "Marriage, Family, Sexuality". With the new season "Flight, expulsion, migration" this site continues.DE again on a topical ie.

Primal ie for Israel and Christian communities

As interlocutor stands also this time again the director of the archbishop's Bible and liturgy school, Dr. Gunther Fleischer, answering the questions of our site editor Jan Hendrik Stens talks and answers. In a total of seven broadcasts from 1. From 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Lenten Sunday through Easter Sunday, the focus will be on the entire Holy Scriptures, from the Old to the New Testament. You can listen to the episodes as a podcast on our site. "We come across the theme of flight, displacement and migration again and again in the Bible. It's an ancient theme, especially for the people of Israel, but also in the New Testament in Christian communities, and it's of course a contemporary theme," Fleischer explains of the content of the new season.

In addition to the most well-known migration movement, the exodus of the people of Israel from Egypt, there are also other forms of flight in the Bible, which will be discussed in the seven episodes. "A classic theme, which has also remained topical to this day, that is the flight from famine. We know forced deportations; unfortunately, this is not only something old. But we also know the flight, because someone wants to escape his punishment or because there is a pogrom mood. There are refugee movements because power constellations change and people fear for their lives. There is flight by groups, but also by individuals," says Gunther Fleischer, listing the various motives for flight.

Biblical texts no instruction for action for current situation

Even if there are parallels in the Bible to many of today's behaviors and characters, its texts must not be understood as instructions for action in the current situation, warns the Cologne Bible expert. "If Holy Scripture is God's Word, then I cannot simply read this Scripture as a recipe book or as an all-explainer for what I find in the world. But it is indeed a foil from which world events are to be viewed and interpreted, and from which solutions are to be sought."The Bible takes a look at why refugee movements arise in the first place and what behavioral patterns lie behind them. The task of the Church is to critically examine this and then also to raise its voice accordingly.

The total of 30 texts from the Old and New Testaments were recorded by speech therapist and speech coach Safed Ulrike Dreekmann. The new season of "Flight, Displacement, Migration" is always rounded off by the appropriate music. Gunther Fleischer draws here from his abundant fund of recordings of well-known and lesser-known composers.

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