But it took many months, just like some books do.
I feel like someone lifted a backpack full of scholarly commentaries off my shoulders.
Now here comes someone with another backpack of commentaries about the Gospel of John, the last Gospel I need to paraphrase. Then on to Revelation.
I’m more than three-fourths of the way done paraphrasing the New Testament, and producing maps and leader’s guides for each book.
To speed up the paraphrasing, I’m going to bypass the leader’s guides for the next several New Testament books. When I’m done paraphrasing, I’ll double back to the guides and atlases.
Here’s a sampling of Matthew. It’s a story Jesus told to illustrate that people need to stay ready for his return. People often call it the parable of the 10 virgins. I call it something else.
Parable of 10 ladies with fire
“Let me illustrate the Kingdom of Heaven this way. On the evening of a wedding, 10 young bridesmaids carried their lit torches as they went to meet the groom.
Five of the ladies weren’t especially bright. The other five were downright wise. The foolish five took their torch lamps, but no extra oil. The wise five took their torch lamps, along with some extra oil.
As for the groom, he took his good ol’ sweet time. The 10 young ladies fell asleep waiting for him.
Then at midnight, someone shouted, ‘Look, here comes the groom. Come on out and meet him.’
That woke up the young ladies. They checked the oil in their torch lamps.
The foolish five said to the others, ‘Uh-oh. Our torches are about to go out. Give us some of your oil.’
But the wise five said, ‘No can do. If we gave you some of ours, we might not have enough for all of us. Go to the oil suppliers and buy some for yourselves.’
While the foolish five were off buying oil, the groom arrived. The five bridesmaids who were ready left with the groom and went to the wedding banquet. The door was shut.
The foolish five arrived later. They went to the door and called someone inside, ‘Sir! Sir! Open the door.’ A man answered, ‘Hey, I don’t know you. And that’s the truth.’
So I’m telling you now, stay alert. You don’t know the day. You don’t know the hour.”
Matthew 25:1-13 Casual English Bible