“But immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory. Matthew 24:29-30 (NASB)
Skip Moen discusses the critical role that understanding the Hebraic perspective plays in exegeting the words of Jesus, particularly when it comes to eschatalogical passages such as Matthew 24. How does our own internal – and often unnoticed – feeling of cultural and epistemological superiority impact our reading of texts that don’t share our culture or epistemology?
Understanding the differences between our western way of thinking and the (near) eastern way of thinking of the Biblical authors goes a very long way, indeed. It’s a vital step we must take.