Da posse e do furto ao dom e ao fruto

António Couto

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In the text notes ring out with the colour of wisdom, traversing the opening chapters of Genesis and therefore ringing out on every page of the Holy Scripture of the Two Testaments, in the story of Israel and of Judah, in Jesus, and in our own story. Everything placed beneath the tone of the first benevolent, permanent Gift of God and the second response or human responsibility, not always appropriate to the first Gift of God, which may not be possessed; only received with open hands and grateful heart. This is how mankind often passes from Gift to owner and transforms the fruit into theft. This is how the Resurrection of Jesus itself may be read as ‘the legend of a theft’ (Mt 27,62-66; 28,11-15) or ‘the story of a Gift’ (Mt 28,1-8.16-20). And all of Scripture shows a God who intervenes mercifully to cure this hardened, human heart.
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)27-53
Number of pages27
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012


  • Creation
  • Gift
  • Owner
  • Possession
  • Idolatry
  • Mercy

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