Retelling a parable
Our minister at St Columba’s, the Revd Dr Susan Durber, whose doctoral thesis was on Derrida as applied to the parables, today in the Bible study encouraged us to retell one of Jesus’s parable in the manner of Edwin Morgan: recapturing the surprise as in the first telling, while still pointing to the kingdom of heaven. This is what I came up with, based on Matthew 21:33–41:
Hear another parable: There was a certain landowner, who planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to tenants, and went into a far country: And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his son to the tenants, that he might receive the fruits of it. When the tenants saw the son, they said among themselves, “This is the heir; come, let us marry our daughter to him.” And so the son of the landowner and the daughter of the tenants got married, and lived on the vineyard happily ever after.
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