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#1 Fortigurn

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Posted 19 August 2004 - 10:10 AM

Guess where these parables came from. :book:


The Reward Of The Righteous

"Open to me the gates of righteousness" (Ps 118:19)

In the world to come a man will be asked:
--"What deed did you do?"

And if he says:
--"I fed the hungry" [cf. Isa 58:7a],

they will say to him:
-- "'This is the gate of the LORD' (Ps 118:20).
You who fed the hungry may enter it."

And if he says:
--"I gave drink to the thirsty",

they will say to him:
-- "'This is the gate of the LORD' (Ps 118:20).
You who gave the thirsty drink may enter it."

And if he says:
--"I clothed the naked" [cf. Isa 58:7b],

they will say to him:
-- "'This is the gate of the LORD' (Ps 118:20).
You who clothed the naked may enter it."

And thus too will they say to him who raised the fatherless
and to those who gave alms or did gracious deeds.


Edited by Fortigurn, 19 August 2004 - 10:10 AM.


#2 Fortigurn

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Posted 19 August 2004 - 10:11 AM

The Infertile Field


"To what is the matter likened?
To a king of flesh and blood who had a swampy field.
Some men came and leased it for ten khors of wheat a year.
They fertilized it, tilled it, watered it and harvested it.
But they gathered no more than one khor of wheat during the year.

The king said to them:
-- "What is this?"

They said to him:
-- "You know, our Lord (and) King,
at first you gathered nothing from that field you gave us.
And now we have fertilized and watered it,
and have gathered at least one khor of wheat."

So Israel shall plead before the Holy One, blessed be He!:
--"Lord of the world, you know the evil impulse incites us!"
as it is said:
--"He knows our impulse" (Ps 103:14).



#3 Fortigurn

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Posted 19 August 2004 - 10:11 AM

The Debt

"I'll give you a parable.
To what is this matter likened?

To a man who loaned his comrade [chaber] a hundred (shekels)
and fixed the due date in the presence of the king
and (the borrower) swore by the king's life (that he'd pay).

The due date arrived and he had not repaid (the lender).

He went to appease the king, who said to him:
--"I forgive you the insult to me.
It is for you to appease your comrade!"

So, too, the latter (text) concerns man's offences towards God [ha Maqom]
the former concerns man's offences towards his comrade."



#4 Fortigurn

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Posted 19 August 2004 - 10:12 AM

The Banquet

"This is like a king who summoned his servants to a banquet
but he did not set a time for them.

The attentive got themselves dressed
and sat at the door of the king's house.

They said:
-- "Is anything missing at the king's house?"
The foolish went on with their work.

They said:
--"Is there any banquet without toil?"

Suddenly the king summoned his servants.
The attentive gathered before him all dressed up
while the foolish gathered before him all soiled.
The king was pleased with the attentive, but angry with the foolish.

He said:
--"Let those who are dressed up for the banquet sit, eat and drink;
but let those who did not dress for this banquet stand and watch."



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Posted 19 August 2004 - 04:52 PM

Good old Into His Own. :book:

A personal fave. :phat:
'Abba Antony said, "A time is coming when men will go mad, and when they see someone who is not mad, they will attack him saying, 'You are mad, you are not like us.'"'

Ward, Benedicta. The Sayings of the Desert Fathers (2006), Antony 25, p. 5.

Credo.

#6 Dianne

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Posted 19 August 2004 - 08:20 PM

Good old Into His Own. :book:

A personal fave. :phat:

Close but not quite - there's more... :bye:

Edited by Evangelion, 02 March 2008 - 11:32 PM.


#7 Fortigurn

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Posted 20 August 2004 - 03:23 AM

Good old Into His Own. :book:

A personal fave. :phat:

Close but not quite - there's more... :bye:

I think he means that 'Into His Own' was the source from which I took the quotations (which it was - I have the entire site on my hard drive).

But for those still interested, I have another fascinating one:

Queen Cleopatra said to Rabbi Meir:

--"I know that the dead will live, for it is written:

--'like the grass of the ground
they shall sprout from the city' (Ps 72:16).

But when they rise, will they rise up naked or in their garments?"

He said to her, (arguing) from less to greater [qal wahomer]
from a grain of wheat:

--"And what of a grain of wheat which is buried naked?
It rises up in so many garments.

How much more the righteous, who are buried in their garments!"



#8 Dianne

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Posted 20 August 2004 - 09:17 PM

I know. But you're going in another direction is what I mean.

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Posted 02 March 2008 - 08:34 PM

The link doesn't work Ev.

#10 Flappie

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Posted 02 March 2008 - 09:58 PM

The link doesn't work Ev.


The post is almost 4 years old. It would be fairly surprising if it did work.
"The first condition of immortality is death."
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#11 Evangelion

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Posted 02 March 2008 - 11:32 PM

I've replaced the link with a new one which works.

:)
'Abba Antony said, "A time is coming when men will go mad, and when they see someone who is not mad, they will attack him saying, 'You are mad, you are not like us.'"'

Ward, Benedicta. The Sayings of the Desert Fathers (2006), Antony 25, p. 5.

Credo.

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Posted 06 March 2008 - 09:55 PM

What are the dates for these Jewish writings/parables?

#13 Fortigurn

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Posted 06 March 2008 - 10:37 PM

Uncertain. Some of them arguably date to the 1st century, some of them were definitely written later.




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