Re: [asa] A theology question (imminent return of Christ)

From: David Campbell <>
Date: Tue Oct 21 2008 - 17:29:55 EDT

On Mon, Oct 20, 2008 at 5:03 PM, David Heddle <> wrote:
> Sorry if this was addressed already but how can Matthew 16:28 refer to the
> Transfiguration--which occurs just six days later? It seems hardly worthy a
> divine mention that states, in effect, "some of you will be alive six days
> from now."

My guess is that it would be taken as "some of you will see it"-only
three saw the Transfiguration. 11 of the 12 lived to see Jesus
post-resurrection, but at least sometimes He did not appear impressive
externally, not counting being alive with crucifixion scars. Seeing
Jesus' full glory for them may not have happened until they died.

The particular commentary I read cited that interpretation but was
more inclined to take the Transfiguration as one of the many events
taking place within the disciples' lifetime that vindicated Jesus'
claims about Himself and therefore did not especially develop the
Transfiguration-specific idea.

Dr. David Campbell
425 Scientific Collections
University of Alabama
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