Vineyard of the Son

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 the inspired Greek text—makes perfect sense when traced to the Hebrew wording of . . .

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Patrick Henry Reardon is pastor of All Saints Antiochian Orthodox Church in Chicago, Illinois. He is the author of Christ in the Psalms, Christ in His Saints, and The Trial of Job (all from Conciliar Press). He is a senior editor of Touchstone.

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