Research Colloquium May 2017

The next Research Colloquium is this Friday 26 May starting at 1.30pm in G3. The schedule is as follows:

Time Presenter Presentation Type Title
1.30pm – 2.15pm Brendan Pratt PhD Presentation Bauman Goes to Church
2.15pm – 3.00pm Yung Hun Choi PhD Presentation Ch. 4 The Psalter’s overall structure: Psalms groups in progressive parallel


Brendan Pratt                    Bauman Goes to Church

Zygmunt Bauman (1925-2017) has been described as one of the great contemporary sociologists and provides a significant contribution to the exploration of consumerism.  What implications does Bauman’s construct of Liquid Modernity have for the Christian Church in Australia and particularly the Seventh-day Adventist denomination?  If Liquid Modernity does commodify the individuals experience of self, time, distance, freedom, place, imagination, desire and social contract, as Bauman describes, then how does that liquidity shape engagement with Christian meta narratives and constructs of community.  How does the Christian church relate in the context of ‘ideas as spare parts’ and the ‘in-built temporality of all engagements’?  This paper explores the challenges of Bauman’s Liquid Modernity while charting a ‘more human’ way forward.


Yung Hun Choi                  Ch. 4 The Psalter’s overall structure: Psalms groups in progressive parallel

Chapter 4 of my research explores whether there is a further pattern beyond the generally recognised movement, from Lament of individuals to Praise of nations, in the arrangement of the 150 psalms of the Hebrew Psalter as a whole. For this, including the change of mood and number of humans, I used other test elements, such as from present to future, from Mosaic covenant to Davidic one, from Davidic kingship (?) to Messianic-YHWH’s kingship, and from living according to YHWH’s Torah to YHWH’s decree between the two psalms to see whether the movement is regularly operated between the two and the psalms groups that follow. My conclusion is that the Psalter expresses dynamics through a progressive parallel structure. It consists of tripartite part, each of which has introductory psalms, Pss. 1-2, 23-24, and 118-119, which operate the movement, from lament to praise, and according to the flow of other contents as well. The first part has two parallel sections (Pss. 3-9 and 11-21), the second, six parallel sections (Pss. 25-33, 35-50, 51-67, 69-87, 88-100, and 101-117), and the third, two parallel sections (Pss. 120-138a and 138b-150). Each exhibits the movements, from lament to praise, from individual to nations, with transitional psalms, Pss. 10, 22, 34, (50), 68, 118, 119 (vv. 169-176) (and 138). However, as they are in progressive parallel, that is, later section/s has/have more praises, some sections are put together, Pss. 3-22; 25-50, 51-100, 101-117, 120-150. At the end of each psalms group, Torah (word) and Kingship in Zion which are the major themes in Pss. 1 and 2 appear on a regular basis.


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