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Dec 23, 2005

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will spotts

Mike,

This has been an excellent set of reflections on the parable. OK -- translation: I enjoyed it.

I believe the same process applies to many biblical passages -- having an insight into what the original hearers would have understood can greatly enrich a reading.

I agree with your comment, "Personally, this parable has touched me in so many ways I can’t recount them all. It just keeps getting richer through the years." This is probably true of many biblical passages.

I suspect sometimes we are overly reductionistic -- wanting to take the Aesopian moral from the story. The same thing is often done to historical portions of the Bible.

Michael Kruse

Thanks Will. Next week I am going to back up and take a look at "Lost Sheep" and "Lost Coin" parables which come just before this one. Luke acutally refers to the three of them as one parable. From there I want to back up write a little about how Bailey sees this "three in one" parable as the retelling of Israel's story. Merry Christmas!

Nathan Baum

Amazing job! i am truly touched by your words! I am doing a research paper for one of my classes and i have read many articles but yours is by far the best! you captured almost (there is always more) every element of the story and presented it perfectly...
I am truly grateful for all the time you spent writing this.
Thank you.

Michael W. Kruse

Thanks for your affirmation Nathan. I'm glad you find this helpful. Bailey is my favorite and this series shows why.

Sean Meade

good new title: The Parable of the Compassionate Father. so that would make the previous two The Parable of the Compassionate Shepherd and the Parable of the Seeking Woman. or something like those...

Michael W. Kruse

If you note in Luke 15 it says Jesus told them this "parable," singular, and then tells all three stories back to back. They were intended as one unit. So maybe it should the story of the the rejoicing shepherd and the rejoicing woman within the Parable of the Compassionate Father. :-)

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