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2/19/13 at 03:58 PM 0 Comments

Separating the Wheat and the Tares

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Photo: Flickr/James Emery - Creative Commons

Can you separate the wheat from the weeds?

Photographer James Emery has posted numerous photos on Flickr from places mentioned in the Bible. This photo from Nazareth Village he labeled "wheat and tares" which is a reference to a parable that Jesus told.

In Matthew 13:24-30 we read that during the night an enemy plants bad seeds and tares sprout up in the field. The owner of the field tells his servants not to pull up the tares (the weeds) because in doing so they might also pull up wheat too early.

Let both grow together until the harvest, and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn. - Matthew 13:30 ESV

 According to Wikipedia, "The word translated 'tares' in the King James Version is ζιζάνια (zizania), plural of ζιζάνιον (zizanion). This word is thought to mean darnel (Lolium temulentum), a ryegrass which looks much like wheat in its early stages of growth. Roman law prohibited sowing darnel among the wheat of an enemy, suggesting that the scenario presented here is realistic."

Wikipedia describes darnel as "a weed" that is sometimes called the "false wheat." This weed could make "one feel poisoned with drunkenness, and can cause death."

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