Thursday, 7 April 2016
The Parables: Jewish Tradition and Christian Interpretation,
Brad H Young, Hendricksen, 1998
Chapter 11, "The Find" (pp. 199-221), page 216-217
Laying out the individual scenes of the two parables, Young sees remarkable similarities:
|2||Finds treasure||Finds pearl|
|3||Joyfully sells all||(Joyfully) sells all|
|4||Buys treasure||Buys pearl|
The function of the scenes is parallel:
In scene 1 the characters are introduced and their action is described ... In scene 2 the listeners are surprised when they are confronted with a hidden treasure and a pearl of great price. The word pictures set up the listeners for a sudden shift, which demands an action ...
In the third scene, the characters take the decision to buy at all costs and in the fourth they go ahead to risk the purchase.
But is this legal?