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What Did Jesus Mean?Explaining the Sermon on the Mount and the Parables in Simple and Universal Human Concepts$
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Anna Wierzbicka

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195137330

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195137337.001.0001

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The Leaven and the Mustard Seed

The Leaven and the Mustard Seed

(p.274) Eight The Leaven and the Mustard Seed
What Did Jesus Mean?

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Explicates the message of another pair of parables, focusing in particular on the word holon, “all,” in the parable of the Leaven (“till it was all leavened”). The chapter argues that the parable conveys, in a somewhat veiled form, a hope, if not a promise, of universal salvation, and thus is not compatible with an idea of an everlasting objective “hell.” It is argued that part of the intended message can be formulated, in universal concepts, as follows:

God wants all people to live with God

many people think: this cannot happen

I say: it can happen, God wants it to happen

The chapter discusses the meaning of the images of hiddenness, transformation, smallness, and the promise of the final “victory of God.”

Keywords:   hell, hiddenness, transformation, universal salvation, victory of God

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