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Keep in mind that the parable is given in the context of a lawyer who knows the commandments and seeks to justify himself by defining who should be considered his neighbor. Priests and Levites were people vocationally called to be ministers to God. Traditionally, they would have followed all the rituals and rules that were prescribed in the Law. The ...


This story contrasts the experience of the faithful Jewish son to the repentant Jewish son though it has wider application to other situations. First it should be noted that the NT is not as bleak about the Jews as some people think. When Jesus came to his own, many did not receive him, but some did: John 1:11 He came unto his own, and his own received ...

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