From: Joseph Garnier (
Date: Fri Jan 28 2000 - 15:27:10 EST

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<DIV><FONT face=Arial>I am working in Luke 16: 9-13, and have difficulty with
the word MAMMON.&nbsp; To my understanding Mammon was a personifiication of
selfish wealth and extravagance in opposition to God that was well-known among
those of Aramaic culture.&nbsp; That quality of personification is lost on
today's readers when the word is transliterated <U>Mammon</U>, as in most
translations, or <U>wealth</U> as in the rest.&nbsp; I have thought long and
hard for a personification of selfish extravagance that is generallyh known in
our culture, and I think the most widely recognized term is Scrooge, and so I am
using it instead of Mammon.&nbsp; In the statement that you cannot serve God and
Scrooge (v.13), I think the appropriateness of personification is vital to a
correct interpretation.&nbsp; What do you who are wiser and more knowledgeable
than I think?</FONT></DIV>
By God, Joseph Garnier</FONT></DIV>
A Human, Inc.</FONT></DIV></BODY></HTML>


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