As someone who spends some time everyday translating Jesus’s words, his answers fall into three categories that people today find difficult to understand:
- Entertaining, down-to-earth answers phrased to be shockingly memorable,
- Layered answers, with double and triple meanings, that had a meanings for his listeners by reveal new insights on each reading and to each generation,
- Answers to questions where we lack the context for true understanding but can be pointed in the right direction.
I could provide hundreds of examples of all three of the categories above, but let us focus on the second. A ll...