Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Lent 4, Narrative Lectionary: Matthew 25:1-13 and Matthew 25:14-30 (Year 1)

This week the narrative lectionary offers two choices.  For both I've updated my previous posts.

Parable of the Talents
ταλαντον ("talent", a measure of gold weight worth roughly a million dollars or 20 years worth of a standard persons wages, 25:15).  While this parable may produce guilt and anxiety in us that we don't do enough, it is worth remembering that anyone who gives away 5 talents to his slaves (not friends, slaves) doesn't value money they way the rest of us do.  5 talents would be 5-10 million dollars; 100 years worth of human labor entrusted!

Parable of the Bridesmaids
A long explanation of why Bridesmaids is a better translation than virgin for παρθενοις.

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