The art of prophecy

Here’s a challenge for you. Consider these six words “He washes his clothes in wine.” Given that this statement appears in Genesis 49:11, can you turn it into a prediction that Messiah will be born of a virgin? Justin Martyr can, as we see this week at Evangelical Realism.



  1. says

    Ah yes, another “literal” reading. It’s completely obvious, isn’t it, given you have a distorted view of reality. Actually it’s imaginative if it weren’t so delusional. I guess the “sky is blue” is proof of the glory of heaven.

  2. smrnda says

    I think the proof is that the Bible is full of what amounts to almost incoherent pose and fragmentary teachings and narratives that it can be said to be for/against almost anything you want.

    Seriously, take any work of literature that is a bit tough to read. Does anybody agree on the Metamorphosis of Kafka? Thomas Pynchon and William S Burroughs, authors of “Gravity’s Rainbow” and “Naked Lunch” respectively, openly state that they really don’t know what they were thinking when they wrote their books. Given this, any assertion that you can pull out unambiguous messages from the Bible is just absurd. You can’t do that for a clearly-written work of fiction.

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