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School Tablet        MND 552
 
Denon room 30 showcase 2
 
School pupils wrote their lessons on hollowed-out, wax-coated wooden tablets.
 
A channel was cut into the frame to hold their stylus when not in use.
 
They had to follow the outline of letters
and try to produce an exact copy.

 School Tablet  and example of Christ

Peter the Apostle used this as an illustration to encourage Christians to closely follow the example of Christ: “In fact, to this [course] you were called, because even Christ suffered for you, leaving you a model for you to follow his steps closely.” (1 Peter 2:21). The Greek term AR98 translated as model or example (NLT, NASB) is hupogrammon (NWT, note).
 
It appears just once in the Scriptures. It means writing down or “copy of writing, including all the letters of the alphabet and given to children to help them to learn how to write”. Writing tablets must have been commonly used at the time. Speaking about Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist, Luke the Evangelist reported that he “requested a tablet and wrote: ‘John is his name’” (Luke 1:63). It was no doubt a small wax-covered board, like the one shown here.

 'a model for you to follow his steps closely'

In the Book of Acts, we can read: “Repent, therefore, and turn around so as to get your sins blotted out” (Acts 3:19). This term comes from a Greek verb meaning ‘to remove by rubbing’. It conjures up the idea of a writing tablet, covered in wax, which would be smoothed over before use. The Apostle demonstrated with this example that the true Christian is someone who, like a pupil, follows the perfect example of his teacher, Jesus Christ.
 
‘Ultimately, Christianity can only possess and acquire a meaning by triggering the memory of Jesus, both in theory and in practice.’  AR99
 
On one condition. “If you remain in my word, you are really my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” - John 8:31, 32.
 
 “In fact, to this [course] you were called, because even Christ suffered
for you, leaving you a model for you
to follow his steps closely.”
 
1 Peter 2:21
 
‘Ultimately, Christianity can only
possess and acquire a meaning
by triggering the memory of Jesus,
both in theory and in practice.’
 
Hans Küng
 
With time, the original Christian congregation was transformed into a religious organisation which ‘would not have failed to surprise Jesus and even Saint Paul’ AR100 Taking the place of the teachings of Christ are in fact a number of festivals and religious beliefs that are more often than not borrowed from ancient Babylon. AR101
 
This dominant characteristic is also that of ‘ Babylon the Great ’. The final book of the Bible speaks of this name as a ‘mystery’ - Revelation 17:5.
 
Clarifying this ‘ religious secret ’ is of the utmost important as the order is given to the people of God to:
 
 ‘ Babylon the Great ’
 
A global religious entity?
“Get out of her, my people, if you do not want to share with her in her sins, (…) for by your spiritistic practice all the nations were misled.” - Revelation 18:4, 23
 
The angel therefore proclaimed the urgency of leaving this symbolic city ’ due to its definitive destruction (Revelation 18:4, 21). According to the description given, ” the great city that has a kingdom over the kings of the earth.” (17:18), and it helps the ‘ merchants ’ to accumulate riches. It cannot therefore refer to a political or commercial system.
 
Would this mysterious name
not ultimately be one best
suited to a global religious entity,
to all those religions whose
teachings and practices
do not adhere to the model left by
original Christianity ?
 
 
‘ When we study the past,
it is impossible not to cast
an eye to the future’
 
Arnold Toynbee AR102
 
 
“The stones will cry out”, Jesus said one day. A language of stones certainly exists, but it is also appropriate to hear that of the witnesses we have quoted.
 
They were the contemporaries of events that believers and agnostics alike cannot ignore, insomuch as they marked the history of humanity for evermore. AR103
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 




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