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2.06.08 - where the workers represent Christians Work does...

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Michael Pitts McGinnis Biblical Perspectives Notes 2/06/08 “There is a desire of readers of the Bible to have it relate to them no matter what they are reading.” Steinmetz- The 4 senses of Scripture Literal Reading Allegorical reading Tropological reading (moral) – concerned about action Anagogical reading (hope-future) ________ = Spiritual The difference between the letter and the Spirit. “The letter kills but the spirit comes alive.” Letter- literal meaning spirit- spiritual meaning Part of Steinmetz’ article deals with the meaning behind the parable of the workers of the vineyard found in Mark. There are many ways to interpret the parable: 1. Anti-proportionality theory- works and rewards are looked on as equal in God’s eyes
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Unformatted text preview: where the workers represent Christians. Work does not equal Rewards 2. Lifetime theory- The “day” is representative of a person’s lifetime and when people are converted. No matter how long you wait to convert, God will take you in. The earliest ones could represent young children/babies who die too young to understand. Timing does not matter because of equal reward 3. Race theory- The theory in which the parable represents the Gentiles coming to God long after the Jews have. Workers are not individuals, but groups of people (Jews, Gentiles) Jews should not be upset with the Gentiles who are coming to Christ, no prejudice...
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