Between the Lines: Transfiguration: February 19, 2012

Text: Mark 9:2-9

Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.

English: Two women winnowing grain, Caucasus, ...

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The dwellings that Peter speaks of might be like the sukkah, the temporary shelter that plays a central role in the Jewish celebration of Sukkoth, the Festival of Booths. The sukkah is patterned on the temporary shelters that workers would erect in the fields during the harvest. Fields were outside the city, and it took a long time to travel from home, so to save time, the workers would “camp out” for the duration. Sukkoth is a harvest festival, but it is also a time to remember the wanderings in the wilderness—the 40-year period following the Exodus from Egypt.

What might Peter desire to stay near in building dwellings? What might he wish to do in the dwellings? Why might he think it is good to do so?

– Andy Kille

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