Reflecting on the Gospel for the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ The King

From The Gospel of Matthew by Curtis Mitch and Edward Sri, commenting on Matthew 25:32-33:

The Son of Man’s first action is to assume the role of a shepherd who divides the sheep of his flock from the goats. It is often pointed out that Middle Eastern herdsman normally allow their animals to graze together and that sheep and goats tend to be valued equally. This makes it difficult to say for sure why the judgment is depicted as a separation of sheep from goats. Nevertheless, it is clear from the outset that the sheep represent the saints, for they are placed at the Lord’s right, which in ancient cultures represented the good, fortunate, or honorable place (see 1 Kings 2:19; Ps 110:1), while the left represented the bad, unfortunate, or dishonorable.

© 2010 Curtis Mitch and Edward Sri and Baker Academic. Unauthorized use of this material without express written permission is strictly prohibited.
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One response to “Reflecting on the Gospel for the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ The King

  1. Ian McPherson

    The word ALMA means “a lass (as veiled or private) :- damsel, maid, virgin.”—Strong’s Talking Greek & Hebrew Dictionary. BETHUWLAH on the other hand sometimes refers to a virtuous marrieed woman. Strong says it means feminine “a virgin (from her privacy); sometimes (by continuation) a bride; also (figurative) a city or state :- maid, virgin.
    You article is therfore wrong —Strong’s Talking Greek & Hebrew Dictionary

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