Logion 25: Jesus said: Love your brother as your soul; watch over him like the apple of your eye.
- Brother: The language back then probably needed to be a little sexist for people to be able to hear it. So, could be a few things, I think: Literal siblings or soul siblings. Back in those days when people became Christians they were called brothers and sisters, right…?
- Watch over: keep them as safe as we keep ourselves.
- I read into this some sort of message that keeping each other on track with a loose, guiding hand is part of our task as humans.
Jesus wasn’t Christian and Christianity didn’t exist back when he was teaching. He always thought he was reforming Judaism, his own religious tradition. Yes, however, Judaism of his time was very patriarchal, hence the sexist language.
But notice what he is…
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