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What Happened At The Transfiguration?

A short piece on the Transfiguration:

Mountain top experience -Mount Everest

It was about a week after Peter’s momentous confession of Jesus as the Christ at Caesare Philippi that Jesus took him up a high mountain, together with James and John. As Mark tells the story of what happened (Mark ix. 2-8), it is not difficult to discern behind his thirdpersonal narrative the account which Peter himself was accustomed to give in the first person. If we change ‘they’ and ‘them’ to ‘we’ and ‘us’, and put the pronoun ‘I’ in place of Peter’, this is the result:

‘He was transfigured before us, and his garments became glistening, intensely white, as no fuller on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to us Elijah with Moses; and they were talking to Jesus. And I said to Jesus, “Master, it is well that we are here; let us make three booths, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.” For I did not know what to say, for we were exceedingly afraid. And a cloud overshadowed us. and a voice came out of the cloud, ‘This is my beloved Son; listen to him.” And suddenly looking around we no longer saw any one with us but Jesus only.’ Read More!