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This is, of course, just an opinion, but here's what I see: The key to understanding this is in verse 30. Some translations bring this a little more home, but the man had been beaten so badly he was on the verge of dying. Contact with a dead body renders someone ritually unclean and they are not permitted to participate in temple worship. Priests and ...


Short Answer: The prodigal son appears to have been repentant. A Disrespectful Demand? I don't think the explanation you heard holds water, for two reasons. First, the imperative mood has a "grammatical range" (similar to how vocabulary words have a semantic range); it can be used to indicate a command / demand, but it isn't always used this way. ...

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