“Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” – John 12:24
“The last enemy to be destroyed is death...Death is swallowed up in victory.” – 1 Corinthians 15:26, 54
"The greater the sin, the greater the mercy, the deeper the death and the brighter the rebirth.” - C. S. Lewis
"This story...has the very taste of primary truth." - J. R. R. Tolkien

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Fulfillment in the Suffering and Glory of the Son of God: An Exegesis of Matthew 17:1-8

“And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light. And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. And Peter said to Jesus, ‘Lord, it is good that we are here. If you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.’ He was still speaking when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, ‘This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.’ When the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces and were terrified. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, ‘Rise, and have no fear.’ And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.” (Matthew 17:1-8, ESV)

Fulfillment in the Suffering and Glory of the Son: An Exegesis of Matthew 17:1-8*

1. Introduction
This remarkable event is described in each of the synoptic gospels. As the cross draws nearer, and even as Jesus foretells his death, he is revealed in glory as the beloved Son of God. The striking contrast between suffering and glory makes the text all the most fascinating. Furthermore, Matthew’s telling of the event is reminiscent of numerous Old Testament events and personages. When seem in light of its context and background, this text truly stands out as a powerful and very significant moment in Matthew’s narrative...

*a paper I wrote for BITH 325, "Biblical Interpretation and Hermeneutics"

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