Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture:

The Parable of the Benevolent Father and Son

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Interpreter A Journal of Mormon Scripture
Published:
10/28/2016
Specs:
Digest / 5.25" x 8.25"
36 pages Saddle-stitched
Category:
Religion
Tags:
apologetics, lds, mormon, Mormonism, parable, prodigal son

A discussion is presented on the Parable of the Prodigal Son, including the departure of the young man into a faraway land, his return, and the welcome he received from his father. To better understand the cultural significance of this story, a Middle Eastern scholar (Kenneth Bailey) is referenced. The prodigal son breaks his father’s heart when he leaves home, but at the same time his older brother fails in his duty to his family. The father in the parable represents Christ, who is seen to take upon himself the shame of his returning boy and later of his older brother. The reinstatement of the prodigal son is confirmed by the actions of the father, who embraces him, dresses him in a robe, puts shoes on his feet, has a ring placed on his finger, brings him into his house, and kills the fatted calf for him. These actions have deep gospel and cultural significance.

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