5174Re: [XTalk] Re: the jesus mysteries
- Oct 4 9:54 AMon 10/3/00 8:32 PM, forrest curo at forest@... wrote:
> I don't know about HIGHLY mythologized. But the cursing of the fig tree isEven more importantly, Luke has made this into, or restored this as, a
> certainly a mythic element. ie, It is highly symbolic (& relates what the
> Christians of the time saw as a fundamental structure of their situation vs
> the non-Christian Jews); furthermore it would be highly unlikely even as a
> miracle, since it would be utterly pointless had it occured in concrete
> reality, given that Jesus' action would serve no purpose aside from venting
> some rather unsaintly spite against some poor tree. It would also be
> somewhat uncharacteristic of someone whose other attributed miracles ran to
> Forrest Curo
6: And he told this parable: "A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard;
and he came seeking fruit on it and found none.
7: And he said to the vinedresser, `Lo, these three years I have come
seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none. Cut it down; why should it
use up the ground?'
8: And he answered him, `Let it alone, sir, this year also, till I dig about
it and put on manure.
9: And if it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut
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