Rise and Shine!

mars 16, 2012 § Lämna en kommentar

"Dew Morning" (cc by-nc-sa) by Indy Kethdy @flickr

"Dew Morning" (cc by-nc-sa) by Indy Kethdy @flickr

As a Bible nerd (I guess I must confess) I feel astonished finding the pair ”rise and shine” in three different sources in biblical scriptures of various sorts: in the ”old” testament: Isaiah26:19 and 60:1-3, in the apocryphal gospel of Thomas logion 5, and in the new testament: Ephesians 4:13-14.

Isaiah 60:1-3

Arise, shine, for your light has come,
and the glory of the LORD rises upon you.
See, darkness covers the earth
and thick darkness is over the peoples,
but the LORD rises upon you
and his glory appears over you.
Nations will come to your light,
and kings to the brightness of our dawn.

Thomas 5

 Yeshua says: Recognize Him who is in front of thy face, and what is hidden from thee shall be revealed to thee.
For there is nothing concealed which shall not be manifest, {and nothing buried that shall not be raised}.

Ephesians 5:13-14

But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for it is light that makes everything visible (light).
This is why it is daid:

”Wake up, O sleeper,
rise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.”

Isaiah 26:19

But your dead will live;
[Together with] my dead body they shall arise.
You who dwell in the dust,
wake up and shout for joy.
Your dew is like the dew of the morning (or lights);
the earth will give birth to her dead.

"Relay Station"  (cc by-nc-sa) by ecstaticist @flickr

"Relay Station" (cc by-nc-sa) by ecstaticist @flickr

”Gnostic” Thomas and ”orthodox” Paul … yeah, right!

It’s interesting to see the parallell between Thomas and Paul in the concept of arising now. This is what I mean by saying that Thomas is not more gnostic than Paul. If one accuses Thomas of being gnostic, then you are taking down Paul too. We browse past passages in the NT and this passage of Paul, because we really don’t know what it means. Then we come upon a similar passage in Thomas and we call it ”gnostic” and heretic. Though, as you see here, Thomas and Paul have similar thoughts. Isn’t it more honest to say that there are thoughts in early Christianity that we just don’t really understand, which we thus cannot make any judgement upon? Do we dare think the thought that we have lost a whole lot of the orthodox life and faith from the first century, and what we have left today are shards of broken jars?

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The expression ”rise and shine”

Incidentally, it seems that the English expression spoken in the morning to wake each other up actually comes from Isaiah 60, according to this wonderful article Rise and Shine!


Quote from Isaiah 60 is from NIV.

Quote from Thomas from metalog.org’s translation. The phrase inside the braces is present in one of the Greek fragments.

Quote from Ephesians from NIV, except ”lights” in parentheses to reflect Phillip’s translation: ”It is even possible for light to turn the thing it shines upon into light also.”

Quote from Is 26 is from NIV, except second line: from the NKJV, which according to its footnote is according to the Masoretic text and the Vulgate. ”Lights”: see footnote at NET Bible.


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