I'm reading the New Testament with the kids, and tonight noticed something striking, which I will offer up without comment.
In Matthew 12, the warning that sins against the Holy Ghost (the "holy spirit" in Greek, and remember that, although "spirit," pneuma, is neuter in Greek, in Hebrew it would be the feminine ruach) will not be forgiven is followed immediately by a reference to the tree with good fruit that elsewhere Matthew identifies as lying behind the strait and narrow gate.
In Mark 3, the parallel passage transitions immediately into the question who is Jesus' mother?
See also 1 Nephi 11.
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Since I'm not teaching Sunday School, I haven't updated this blog recently. I continue to read the MT and the LXX side by side. Today I read Leviticus 21, and was floored.
Where the MT has "bread of God," the LXX consistently has "gifts of God." This connects to Matthew 6 and 7 and shows that the bread of God brought out by the Melchizedek priest in Matt 6 was a gift, that is to say, an endowment.
Thursday, May 1, 2014
Two more books I came across in reorganizing my shelves that touch on Israel's Divine Woman in different ways:
- Jacob of Serug, On the Mother of God. This is ancient Christian (Syriac) poetry about Mary, and Jacob weaves deep mythological and liturgical roots into what he writes.
- G.W. Ahlstrom, Royal Administration and National Religion in Ancient Palestine.