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Harry Potter and the Gospel of Matthew

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Dave Bruno at Christianity today takes a look at the use of the two biblical passages found in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows…

Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also (Matthew 6:21)
The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death (1 Corinthians 15:26)

…taking the position that this final volume of J.K. Rowling’s epic works as “a narrative exposition of the Gospel of Matthew 6:19-24.” 

Bruno makes some good points, particularly when he writes:

Now in the context of that Scripture passage [1 Cor. 15:26] it is the crucifixion and literal resurrection of Jesus that conquers death. Rowling and Dumbledore could have put anything on the Potters’ tombstone. They did not have to quote the Bible. They did not have to reference the New Testament passage that most explicitly connects Jesus’ death and resurrection with a genuine faith. But they did quote that very passage. She seems to me too careful a writer to make this reference without its fullest meaning in mind.

Perfect for anyone wanting to make a clear case for (or for anyone still unconvinced of) the series’ Christian significance. 

HT: The Point


Written by taj

August 6, 2007 at 2:43 pm

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