Nevertheless, the Abraham/Isaac story – the most climatic episode in the second half of the Book of Genesis and no doubt in the upcoming production, Lust and Order – makes terrifying demands even if you eventually understand Abraham as the quintessential man of faith. For not only is the coffin of your child the heaviest burden you can ever carry, but to look upon God demanding a father to kill his only son comes across as unjustifiable. “I remember rebelling against this thought as a child,” Professor de Marco affirms.

The violence redolent in the Patriarchs’ lives points to the “eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth” culture which even now hounds today’s political hot spots. “The Old Testament, particularly Cain’s killing of Abel, fully illustrates the fragility of man caught in a trap of emotional turmoil,” Professor de Marco says while noting that the shocking words: I’m not my brother’s keeper” explains man’s demeaning of himself. “As a lawyer, I often saw pride and pettiness, especially over inheritances, destroy families. It never seemed to occur to the individuals involved how they allowed stupidities to bring out the worst in their nature.”

Once gain he refers to the profound simplicity (definitely not simplistic) of Christ’s message – “a true rebel with a cause” and radically different from the images of God in the Old Testament. Yet the Old Testament is an eye-opener ready to be rediscovered.

        The Old Testament Project
Taps the Past & Present Exodus
SUNDAY TIMES, Malta, October 21st, 2007

Au cœur d'un projet de « Théâtre européen »
LE BIEN PUBLIC, Dijon (France), October 18th, 2007

Difficulties in Creation
Munich (Germany), August 31st, 2007

Ripe for rediscovery – Interview with
Prof. de Marco President Emeritus of Malta
SUNDAY TIMES, Malta, August 19th, 2007

Lust and Order
THE MALTA INDEPENDENT, Malta, August 19th, 2007

Citadels of love, of pride, of disarray
SUNDAY TIMES, Malta, August 19th, 2007

Religion, politics and theatre
SUNDAY TIMES, Malta, October 28th, 2007

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