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Synoptic GospelsWednesday, Aug 23, 2017

Synoptic Gospels

Transfigured in Prayer

When we commune with our Father in Heaven, the spirit within us is quickened. The physical body becomes merely a vessel through which the spirit reconnects with God. When we stand in prayer before the Almighty, we too, are transfigured, so to speak, to become like angels.

When we commune with our Father in Heaven, the spirit within us is quickened. The physical body becomes merely a vessel through which the spirit reconnects with God. When we stand in prayer before the Almighty, we too, are transfigured, so to speak, to become like angels.

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Where did the Transfiguration Occur?

Early church tradition places the transfiguration on Mount Tabor, a prominent hill at the eastern end of the Jezreel valley, not far from Nazareth. Despite the strong tradition, the location seems unlikely. Mount Tabor was populated and fortified by military installations.


After Six Days

Six days after what? Is there some significance to the six days before the transfiguration? Some scholars believe that the six days refer to a six-day period of ritual preparation, fasting, and ritual purification. “After six days” also alludes to Moses’ ascent up Mount Sinai.


The Three Who Saw

He told them emphatically, “Amen, I say to you, there are some of those who are standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God after it has come with power” (Mark 9:1). With these words, Yeshua predicted that the kingdom would arrive within the generation. Which disciples did He mean?