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  •  Pedantry on "Talent" (2+ / 0-)
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    marina, billlaurelMD

    A talent was not a coin from the time, it's a measure of weight.   And not a small one.

    A widow who had a talent to spare,  of any currency, was not poor. Wikipedia gives several options but none is less than 50 pounds. Whether it's that much in silver or in gold, it's a literal chunk o' change.

    In The Parable of the Talents, the guy handing out talents isn't saying "Here's a couple of bucks, see what you can do with it." He's asking for help with a significant amount of wealth, on the order of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

    RV

    Al Gore is running for Gray Champion.

    by RanxeroxVox on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 12:04:59 AM PDT

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    •  Right (2+ / 0-)
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      billlaurelMD, marina

      and Jesus was particular in stating that the widow had nothing but "a mite"... 2 coins in the smallest denomination of the realm...

      Fear doesn't just breed incomprehension. It also breeds a spiteful, resentful hate of anyone and everyone who is in any way different from you.

      by awesumtenor on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 07:54:08 AM PDT

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      •  Darn ... (1+ / 0-)
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        marina

        I knew I should have gone back and looked up the passage using teh Google. ;-)

        "... a disciplined minority of totalitarians can use the instruments of democratic government to undermine democracy itself." -- Hannah Aredt, regarding the behavior of the National Socialist (NAZI) Party in the Reichstag in the Weimar Republic.

        by billlaurelMD on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 10:56:11 AM PDT

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