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RS /MP 25 truths from the Savior’s Parables in Matthew 13

Posted by douglashunter on January 16, 2009

A short, poorly written, pop quiz for the sake of poking fun at seeds and signifiers. . .1980’s style, naturally.


Are parables spoken or are they read?


What does it mean for a prophet to interpret?


Why is a parable explained?


If a book is a seed how shall it be scattered?


Who are they that sow, spreading so many seeds so carelessly, who disseminate without return? Whose seeds are chocked and shrivel and die?


If a parable both contains seeds and is itself a seed, and is contained in a book that is also a seed . . .


If the purpose of a parable is that it is natively inscrutable to those who do not see and do not hear, who do not have light, then is there a danger in explaining the parable? What if one sneaks back after the crowd has gone and over hears the savior explaining the parable? What if he picks up the book later and read the explanation? Can the seed be planted in him then?


If the meaning of a parable is simple, can be described and contained in non-figurative language, is a parable an intentional a tautology?


What do we make of those who hear, and see and have light but who nonetheless ask the meaning of a parable?


Is the figurative a tool of the divine? 


Is the non-figurative favored by man?  Why does man always use figurative language at the exact moment he asserts the power and authority of the direct, the simple and of the non-figurative?


Is it a murderous fantasy, a joke, or is it good luck, that so many seeds wither and die? That meaning only grows by the process of spiritual photosynthesis?


Is the image of a tree growing from a book and example of a dissemination trying to disguise itself as a polysemy? 

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