A theology of the Atonement would be incomplete, I think, without a thorough treatment of the Parable of the Vine Growers in Mark 12:1–12. Here, however, I propose to limit these comments to Jesus' introduction—in the subsequent development of the story—of "the stone the builders rejected." According to Mark, Jesus says to his enemies, "Have you not even read this Scripture: 'The stone the builders rejected / Has become the chief cornerstone. / This is the Lord's doing, / And it is marvelous in our eyes'?"
The parable's transition from a "son" to a "stone"—a bit of a stretch, not only in English, but also in . . .
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