NT Sunday School Lesson 22 (JF): Matthew 25

Verses 1-13: The Parable of the Ten Virgins

How does the parable relate to that given in Matthew 24:45-51?

We know little about marriage ceremonies in Palestine during Jesus’ day. Indeed, we can assume that the customs varied from one place to another in Palestine, making it even more difficult to recover them. Most of what we say about such things is really a description of customs 200 years or more later. Perhaps those later customs reflect what happened in Jesus’ day, but we cannot know that they did, and the tremendous social upheaval resulting from the destruction of the temple in 70 A.D. may well have interrupted the continuity of traditions.

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