Seeing Eye to Eye about the Judeo-Christian Tradition
Here are just a few examples of what it actually means when it comes to meeting eye to eye about metaphor and meaning:
Abel, the Lamb slain since the foundation of the world.
Solomon was in a different category, because he ruled over the denizens of the upper world as well as of the lower. (Babylonian Talmud, Mo’ed IV, Megillah 11b)
The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. (Psalm 118:22)
So the LORD put a mark on Cain, lest anyone should kill him at sight. (Genesis 4:15)
The princes of Zoan have acted foolishly, the princes of Memphis are deluded. Those who are the cornerstone of her tribes have led Egypt astray.(Isaiah 19:13)
It forced all the people…to be given a mark on their right hand or their forehead, so that no one could buy or sell except one who had the mark of the beast. (Revelation 13:16-17)
The LORD says: ‘See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who trusts will never be dismayed.’ (Isaiah 28:16)
Solomon was in a different category, because he ruled over the denizens of the upper world as well as of the lower.(Babylonian Talmud, Mo’ed IV, Megillah 11b)
‘No rock will be taken from you for a cornerstone, nor any stone for a foundation, for you will be desolate forever,’ declares the LORD. (Jeremiah 51:26)
The gold that Solomon received every year weighed 666 gold talents. (I Kings 10:14)
Then I saw another angel…holding the seal of the living God. He cried out in a loud voice to the four angels…‘Do not damage the land or the sea or the trees until we put the seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God.’ I heard the number of those who had been marked with the seal, one hundred and forty-four thousand marked from every tribe of the Israelites. (Revelation 7:2-4)
This calls for wisdom: let anyone with understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. His number is 666. (Revelation 13:18)
Legend states that Christ was crucified with three 9 inch metal nails.
The calm, deceitful eye of Cain who was ‘a murderer from the beginning [and] when he tells a lie, he speaks in character, because he is a liar and the father of all lies.’ (John 8:44)
Number 9, Number 9, Number 9. (Revloution, by the Beatles, the White Album)
God will wipe away tears from off all faces. This means from the faces of non-Jews as well as Jews. (Babylonian Talmud, Genesis Rabba 26)
Medical science tells us that, for whatever reason, our eyes actually see everything upside down. The brain is then required to reverse the images it receives, thus resulting in normal visual perception .
If all your life is given up to the pursuit of earthly things, it is quite consistent for you to look downwards; but if you pursue the higher life, look upwards. (Talmud, Midrash Psalms 32)
‘Your brother’s blood is crying out to me from the ground.’ (Genesis 4:11)
May the LORD God bless you in the name of the Judeo-Christian Tradition.