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Author Archive: Martijn Stoutjesdijk

A Man Fleeing from a Unicorn Falls into a Well with a Dragon: Parables in the Legend of Barlaam and Josaphat

The first edition of the Sacrum Martyrologium Romanum published in 1584 lists 27 November as the feast day of Barlaam and Josaphat. The text contains the following note on these saints, “In India at the borders of Persia, the Saints…
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Parable of the Month September (Rosh haShana): Working Wonders

Text of the parable (for commentary see below): “Who is like You, O Lord, among the celestials/gods; Who is like You, majestic in holiness, Awesome in splendor, working wonders!” (Exod 15:11) “Working wonders” (Exod 15:11): The measure of flesh and…
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To What Can the Parable Be Compared? Parables and Fables in the Graeco-Roman World

In many sources from the ancient world, comparisons or analogies, often in the form of short narratives, are used to tell a larger story, to develop an argument, to demonstrate a moral lesson, or to have a humorous effect. Well-known…
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