Questions about the Transfiguration

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QUESTION 1

Tell the story of the transfiguration, paying attention to the point in Jesus' ministry that it occurred. Which gospels report the Transfiguration?

QUESTION 2

What other event in our Lord's life has obvious similarities to the Transfiguration? Explain

QUESTION 3

How did Jesus' transfiguration prepare the apostles for his subsequent crucifixion?

QUESTION 4

Our Lord's transfiguration contains a tacit but extremely important promise, upon which the whole of Orthodox ascetic theology is built. Comment on this. This emphasis is peculiar to Orthodoxy and is missing from the religions of the West. Speculate why.

QUESTION 5

What virulent relatively early heresy does the Transfiguration emphatically contradict? How?

QUESTION 6

When is the Transfiguration celebrated? Where are the texts of the services found? What services are celebrated? Explain the differences in the services for the feast if it falls on a weekday vs. a Sunday

QUESTION 7

What is the fasting typicon on the Transfiguration?

QUESTION 8

Why were Moses and Elijah present on Mount Tabor?

QUESTION 9

Comment on how the dual nature of Christ was revealed on Mount Tabor, and the implications for our nature.

QUESTION 10

Comment on the implications of the Transfiguration, and the theology of St. Gregory Palamas.





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