n Ekklesiastikos Pharos - A significant metaphor : "salt of the earth" (MT5:13). A venture into methodology, contributing to a Christian spirituality

Volume 91, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1018-9556



A significant feature of the teachings of Jesus, portrayed in the four gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John), is his use of figurative language: aphorisms, parables, hyperbole, metaphors, symbolism and comparisons are used in a masterful way to bring home the spiritual truths. The metaphor, "salt of the earth" in Mathew 5:13 is subjected to methodological scrutiny and described as a contributing moment to a Christian's spirituality. Does this metaphor still have any normative value in a postmodern era of a Christian spirituality?

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