Thursday, July 27, 2017

Scribe Become Disciple

Interior of St. Brendan's Catholic Church in Elkins, WV.

"Every scribe that has become a disciple for the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasury new things and old things. (Matthew 13:52)"  Many think that this sentence is a self-portrait of the author of the Gospel.  From this passage and others it seems that the author of this Gospel is a Jewish scribe who became a follower of Jesus.  The first part of the Greek verb that is translated "who has become a disciple" sounds like "Matthew."
The author wants to assure his readers that a Jewish Christian treasures the old, his Jewish heritage, and the new, the teachings and life of Jesus.  St. Brendan's Church, a glorious example of a modern church, has stained glass windows from the old church installed in some of its large clear windows.

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