Apparently, Mr. West is putting on an opera titled Nebuchadnezzar. Whatever one thinks of Kanye’s Sunday Services, or his appearance with Joel Osteen, one thing is true: Kanye is making it easier for me to have a starting point with some of my students. ‘Jesus is King’ might make you wish for the days of Kirk Franklin’s Nu Nation Project but Kirk Franklin doesn’t get my students asking questions.
Now, the next time I teach the Hebrew Bible, there’s a chance my students will know who Nebuchadnezzar is from day one. And if they know who he is, they might be more interested in the Babylonian Exile. And if they’re more interested in the Babylonian Exile, then my job will be a lot easier!