Thinking Anglicans (Thursday 26th March) has posted notice of a conference in the UK, the theme of which is “Word on the Street - reading the Bible inclusively”. Also included is a list of proposed speakers, including this:
"Speaker to be confirmed INCLUSION IN THE OLD TESTAMENT"
I love it! 'Inclusion in the Old Testament' is something of a contradiction so it probably is a little bit difficult to find someone to speak on the topic!
OK. The speaker could speak about Naomi and Ruth, the Gibeonites (but even they deceived in order to be included in Israel), and Isaiah's visions for a new inclusive world. But election and exclusion are great big walloping themes in the Old Testament: Jacob not Esau, obedient not disobedient Israel, David not Saul, the Temple not the shrines.
I look forward to the announcement of the brave speaker who tackles the topic!!