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The Hidden Treasure and the Pearl of Great Price

Anna Wierzbicka

in What Did Jesus Mean?

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780195137330
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199867905 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195137337.003.0007
The Hidden Treasure and the Pearl of Great Price

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Chapter 7 is devoted to two twin parables and argues that they convey the same message by means of two distinct images. The use of universal human concepts allows us to identify this message and to articulate it as follows:

there is one thing that is good for all people

a person can live with God

if a person lives with God this is always good for this person

nothing else is like this

many people don’t know this

The chapter discusses the metaphors of “hiddenness,” “smallness,” “treasure,” “price,” “cost,” and “profit” and clarifies their meaning in the concepts of the two parables.

Keywords: hiddenness; meaning of metaphors; treasure; twin parables

Chapter.  3975 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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