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The story of the Transfiguration in the gospel of Luke is one of the most puzzling stories in the Bible. It is a story that is so puzzling that biblical commentators tend to throw up their hands in defeat. One commentator remarked that there is "rather limited success in understanding the meaning of the transfiguration." This is a comment I find somewhat comforting!
The story itself is brief in the gospel of Luke. We are told that about eight days after Jesus spoke to his disciples about his impending death and resurrection, he went with Peter and John and James up the mountain to pray. While he was praying--and while the three disciples were struggling to stay awake--suddenly Jesus had company. Moses and Elijah were there with him, and the whole appearance of Jesus changed into dazzling brilliance. As the disciples looked on in amazement--surely, fully awake now--Jesus and Moses and Elijah discussed together what was about to unfold in Jerusalem, the very events that Jesus had

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