'Jesus' conflict with Judaism can be understood as a clash of symbols. Jesus replaced key symbols appropriate to preserving Israel's distinctiveness during exile with symbols appropriate for the new reign of God. Feasting replaced fasting; since the exile was ending, life could now be viewed as a celebration (Mark 2:18-19). Open table fellowship replaced segregating purity codes as a more appropriate symbol of life in the post-exile reign of God. Likewise, healing the sick (as oppposed to quarantining them) symbolised the restoration of creation that was taking place. But, above all, forgiveness replaced retribution, blessing replaced cursing, love replaced hatred. '
The Jesus Debate, p.167
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