The Leaven and the Mustard Seed

Anna Wierzbicka

in What Did Jesus Mean?

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780195137330
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199867905 | DOI:
The Leaven and the Mustard Seed

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Explicates the message of another pair of parables, focusing in particular on the word holon, “all,” in the parable of the Leaven (“till it was all leavened”). The chapter argues that the parable conveys, in a somewhat veiled form, a hope, if not a promise, of universal salvation, and thus is not compatible with an idea of an everlasting objective “hell.” It is argued that part of the intended message can be formulated, in universal concepts, as follows:

God wants all people to live with God

many people think: this cannot happen

I say: it can happen, God wants it to happen

The chapter discusses the meaning of the images of hiddenness, transformation, smallness, and the promise of the final “victory of God.”

Keywords: hell; hiddenness; transformation; universal salvation; victory of God

Chapter.  9152 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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