The Great Intermission


The Great Intermission is a study of the shape of the Bible. It introduces a new perspective on the structure of the narrative, especially regarding the Old Testament. The governing idea is that the Canon of the Old Testament, then the Hebrew Scriptures, was completed in and around the dates of the Dead Sea Scrolls and that the order of placement of large sections of the narrative is intentional and revealing. This interpretive device can be called “postmodern” or even “neo-deconstructive” in the sense that it rejects the conventional point A-to-Point B historical point of view that takes the reader directly from the moment of creation to the exile in a linear fashion. Instead, the radical breaks in the narrative, i.e., the Flood, the Exodus, the Exile, and then the destruction of Jerusalem itself which is a part of historical facticity, are considered essential to any discernment of the spiritual, philosophical, and pastoral meaning and sense of the completed narrative and teachings.

For this approach to a reading of the Old Testament, the discontinuities in the narrative are the most important evidence regarding what the text is intended to reveal to us about God and His People and the profound relationship between the two. The thread that holds this approach together is the developing Apocalyptic Tradition, a literary and declaratory tradition that begins in the time of the divided Kingdom and courses through to its climax in the Book of Revelation.

It is in this beginning-and-end vision of life in the Spirit as a community conveys the profound meaning for the individual and the nation that it does. This means that such events as crossing rivers, dealing with floods, and crossing or being stymied in a journey by seas are essential to an understanding of the broader apocalyptic intent of the Holy Scriptures. It also embraces the lived continuities of family, clan, and tribe and their significance in the creation of a Holy Nation.

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Albert Peter Krueger was born in the border town of McAllen Texas, on May 2, 1948. Elementary school years were experienced in Jackson, Michigan, and in 1958, the family moved to Flagstaff, Arizona when Harold, his father, was transferred to manage a new store opening. When the old company was purchased by a new company, the old managers were let go. At that time, Mr. and Mrs. Krueger took their savings and purchased a franchise 60 miles down the road to the east in Winslow, Arizona. And so it was the Albert graduated from Winslow High School in 1966. 50 years later he published the first version of The Great Intermission, under the title From the Fords of the Jordan to the Plain of Shinar. Discontinuities are the hallmark of Albert’s journey through his ¾ century pilgrimage. He began his undergraduate years at the University of Arizona as an astronomy major, changing to Mathematics after two years. The 60s had a profound effect on him, and he left college in 1971 to learn the retail trade in the family business in Winslow. When the parent company of the franchise began to disintegrate, he and his father parted ways, with Albert returning to Tucson to complete a degree in Philosophy.

Albert married his first wife, Katherine, in Tucson just before heading to seminary in Berkeley, California. They have two grown children, Sam and Anaiah, who are happily pursuing their chosen professions. The marriage ended in 2012. Albert received the Master of Divinity degree from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, an Episcopal Church seminary, in 1980. He was ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church in Walla Walla, Washington on December 2, 1981. After serving congregations in Eastern Washington and in west central Oregon and the greater Portland area, Father Albert retired in 2013. He is now married to his lovely wife Diana and lives in Phoenix, Arizona. He and his wife attend Dream City Church in north Phoenix.


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