Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins, detail.
 Schadow, Friedrich Wilhelm von, 1789-1862

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Title:Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins, detail
Notes:"Jesus' conclusion to the parable [of the wise and foolish bridesmaids] emphasizes its lesson: constant alertness is necessary because it is impossible to pinpoint the time of the Lord's coming. The parable is a warning to the church, which consists of both wise and foolish disciples. Matthew's gospel highlights this parable because, for the church of Matthew, the return of Jesus has indeed been delayed. Jesus has not returned as swiftly as many in the early church anticipated. The church must learn to remain vigilant, anticipating the Lord's coming while its members perservere in faithful service and proclaim the kingdome to the nations." (Binz, 78)
Artist:Schadow, Friedrich Wilhelm von, 1789-1862

Scripture:Matthew 25:1-13
Lectionary links:AProp27
General Subject:Wise and Foolish Virgins

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Attribution:Schadow, Friedrich Wilhelm von, 1789-1862. Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins, detail, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved June 24, 2024]. Original source:,FW-Die_klugen_und_t%C3%B6richten_Jungfrauen-2.JPG.
Record Number:54277 Last Updated: 2021-09-28 18:05:18 Record Created: 2009-03-19 13:34:07
Institution:Vanderbilt University Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition

Bibliographic Source:Jesus, the Messianic King, Part 2: Matthew 17-28
Author:Binz, Stephen J.
Publisher:Twenty-Third Publications