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  •  This parable is fun (2+ / 0-)
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    I was involved in an interfaith dialogue in the old talk city days with a Jewish partner.  When we covered this parable, he said, you've got the parable backwards.  It's a parable about passive resistance.  The lord here is off to pay tribute and honor to Antiochus.  The servant who buries his talent is resisting evil. The rest of the servants were cowards.   I fell out.  Gotta tell you! Reading the New Testament rabbinically is a world of fun.  You can turn the parables inside out and backward but you have to clear your eyes first to see new possibilities.

    Newt 2012. Sociopath, adulterer, hypocrite, Republican.

    by tikkun on Tue Dec 10, 2013 at 04:22:51 PM PST

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    •  Any links? I'd love to read more of this. (1+ / 0-)
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        since the conversation was between me and my dialogue partner on IRC.   But, I can tell you this...If you read the parable you will note that the first "lord" is involved in an activity that was not acceptable to Judaism, investing at interest.  He is described negatively way in other ways as well.  

        On the other hand, the first line of the section about the after life starts with the word, "BUT" and then goes on to describe a just lord who divides the people based on their compassion and care for the most vulnerable.   The two sections set up a comparison; they are not separate.  Don't forget that the texts were not originally written in chapters and verses.

        Reading the New Testament with a knowledgeable observant Jew is eye opening.  They have experience with midrash and in the activity of reading the text with them and "turning the words", one's eyes are opened to the NT as midrash on the Hebrew Scriptures.  I mean, who among the canonical writers attended at Jesus's birth or knew anyone who had?  And three Zoroastrians show up at Jesus's crib?  It's midrash.  Zoroaster is the mother religioin of Bnai Avarahm. It also helps to have at least some knowledge of things like Jewish law and spiritual history (Antiochus)

        Newt 2012. Sociopath, adulterer, hypocrite, Republican.

        by tikkun on Wed Dec 11, 2013 at 10:44:57 AM PST

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