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Transfiguration of Jesus

The transfiguration of Jesus is a story told in the New Testament when Jesus is transfigured and becomes radiant in glory upon a mountain. The Synoptic Gospels describe it, the Second Epistle of Peter refers to it, it has been hypothesized that the first chapter of the Gospel of John alludes to it John 1:14). In these accounts and three of his apostles, Peter and John, go to a mountain to pray. On the mountain, Jesus begins to shine with bright rays of light; the prophets Moses and Elijah appear next to him and he speaks with them. Jesus is called "Son" by a voice in the sky, assumed to be God the Father, as in the Baptism of Jesus. Many Christian traditions, including the Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Anglican churches, commemorate the event in the Feast of the Transfiguration, a major festival; the transfiguration is one of the miracles of Jesus in the Gospels. This miracle is unique among others that appear in the canonical gospels, in that the miracle happens to Jesus himself. Thomas Aquinas considered the transfiguration "the greatest miracle" in that it complemented baptism and showed the perfection of life in Heaven.

The transfiguration is one of the five major milestones in the gospel narrative of the life of Jesus, the others being baptism, crucifixion and ascension. In 2002, Pope John Paul II introduced the Luminous Mysteries in the rosary, which includes the transfiguration. In Christian teachings, the transfiguration is a pivotal moment, the setting on the mountain is presented as the point where human nature meets God: the meeting place of the temporal and the eternal, with Jesus himself as the connecting point, acting as the bridge between heaven and earth. Moreover, Christians consider the transfiguration to fulfill an Old Testament messianic prophecy that Elijah would return again after his ascension. Gardner states The last of the writing prophets, promised a return of Elijah to hold out hope for repentance before judgment.... Elijah himself would reappear in the Transfiguration. There he would appear alongside Moses as a representative of all the prophets who looked forward to the coming of the Messiah....

Christ's redemptive sacrifice was the purpose for which Elijah had ministered while on earth.... And it was the goal. In the Synoptic Gospels, the account of the transfiguration happens towards the middle of the narrative, it is a key episode and immediately follows another important element, the Confession of Peter: "you are the Christ". The transfiguration narrative acts as a further revelation of the identity of Jesus as the Son of God to some of his disciples. In the gospels, Jesus takes Peter, son of Zebedee and his brother John the Apostle with him and goes up to a mountain, not named. Once on the mountain, Matthew 17:2 states. At that point the prophet Elijah representing the prophets and Moses representing the Law appear and Jesus begins to talk to them. Luke states. Luke is specific in describing Jesus in a state of glory, with Luke 9:32 referring to "they saw His glory". Just as Elijah and Moses begin to depart from the scene, Peter begins to ask Jesus if the disciples should make three tents for him and the two prophets.

This has been interpreted as Peter's attempt to keep the prophets there longer. But before Peter can finish, a bright cloud appears, a voice from the cloud states: "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; the disciples fall to the ground in fear, but Jesus approaches and touches them, telling them not to be afraid. When the disciples look up, they no longer see Moses; when Jesus and the three apostles are going back down the mountain, Jesus tells them to not tell anyone "the things they had seen" until the "Son of Man" has risen from the dead. The apostles are described as questioning among themselves as to what Jesus meant by "risen from the dead". In addition to the principal account given in the synoptic gospels. Elsewhere in the New Testament, Paul the Apostle's reference in 2 Corinthians 3:18 to the "transformation of believers" via "beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord" became the theological basis for considering the transfiguration as the catalyst for processes which lead the faithful to the knowledge of God.

Although Matthew 17 lists the disciple John as being present during the transfiguration, the Gospel of John has no account of it. This has resulted in debate among scholars, some suggesting doubts about the authorship of the Gospel of John, others providing explanations for it. One explanation is that John wrote his gospel not to overlap with the synoptic gospels, but to supplement it, hence did not include all of their narrative. Others believe that the Gospel of John does in fact allude to the transfiguration, in John 1:14; this is not the only incident not present in the fourth gospel, the institution of the Eucharist at the Last Supper is another key example, indicating that the author either was not aware of these narrative traditions, did not accept their veracity, or decided to omit them. The general explanation is thus the Gospel of John was written thematically, to su

Change Your Life (Far East Movement song)

"Change Your Life" is a song by American group Far East Movement from their fourth studio album Dirty Bass. It features singer-songwriter Flo Rida and Dutch DJ Sidney Samson; the song was released in Belgium on October 2012 as the album's fourth single. The song was written by Far East Movement, Flo Rida, Sidney Samson, Nathan Walker, Breyan Isaac, Antonio Mobley, produced by Sidney Samson. Flo Rida's verse borrows lyrics from the 1989 Lisa Stansfield hit "All Around the World", written by Stansfield and producers Ian Devaney and Andy Morris, it has peaked to number 91 in Germany. A music video to accompany the release of "Change Your Life" was first released on YouTube on November 20, 2012. Lead vocals – Far East Movement and Flo Rida Producer – Sidney Samson Music – Sidney Samson Lyrics – Jae Choung, James Roh, Kevin Nishimura, Virman Coquia, Nathan Walker, Tramar Dillard, Breyan Isaac, Antonio Clarence Mobley Writers – Lisa Stansfield, Ian Devaney, Andy Morris Label: Interscope Records Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics

The Buried Giant

The Buried Giant is a fantasy novel by the Nobel Prize-winning British writer Kazuo Ishiguro, published in March 2015. The book was nominated for the 2016 World Fantasy Award for best novel, the 2016 Mythopoeic Award for Adult Literature, it was placed sixth in the 2016 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel. The book has been translated into French, German and Italian as Le géant enfoui, Der begrabene Riese, El gigante enterrado and Il gigante sepolto respectively; the Buried Giant took ten years to write, longer. Speaking at the Cheltenham Book Festival in 2014, he recalled that his wife, Lorna MacDougall, had rejected an early draft of the book, saying "this won't do... There's no way you can carry on with this, you'll have to start again from the beginning". Ishiguro added that, at the time, he had been surprised by her comments because he had been pleased with his progress so far, he wrote a short story collection, Nocturnes. It was six years before Ishiguro returned to The Buried Giant, following his wife's advice, he proceeded to "start from scratch and rebuild it from the beginning".

Ishiguro's inspiration for The Buried Giant came from the Dark Ages in Britain. He told the New York Times that he had wanted to write about collective memory and the way warrior societies cope with traumatic events by forgetting, he ruled out modern historic settings because they would be too realistic and interpreted too literally. The Dark Ages setting solved Ishiguro's problem: "this kind of barren, weird England, with no civilization... could be quite interesting". He proceeded to research life in England around that time, discovered, "o my delight... nobody knows what the hell was going on. It's a blank period of British history". Ishiguro filled in the blanks himself. For the book's title, he sought his wife's help, but after many discarded ideas they found it near the end of the novel's text. Ishiguro explained, "The giant well buried is now beginning to stir, and when it wakes up, there's going to be mayhem". Following the death of King Arthur and Britons live in harmony. Along with everyone else in their community and Beatrice, an elderly Briton couple, suffer from severe selective amnesia that they call the'mist'.

Although able to remember, they feel sure that they once had a son, they decide to travel to a village several days' walk away to seek him out. They stay at a Saxon village. A visiting Saxon warrior, kills the ogres and rescues Edwin, discovered to have a wound, believed to be an ogre-bite; the superstitious villagers attempt to kill the boy, but Wistan rescues him and joins Axl and Beatrice on their journey, hoping to leave Edwin at the son's village. The group heads to a monastery to consult with a wise monk, about a pain in Beatrice's side, they meet the elderly Sir Gawain, nephew of King Arthur, who – as is well known – was tasked decades ago with slaying the she-dragon Querig, but who has never succeeded. Wistan reveals that he was sent by the Saxon king to slay Querig out of concern that she would be used by Lord Brennus, king of the Britons, to kill Saxons; the travellers are treated with hospitality at the monastery, but are informed by Jonus that most of the monks are corrupt. Sir Gawain has spoken to the abbot.

Instead, the abbot informs Lord Brennus. As an experienced warrior, Wistan realises that the monastery was built as a fort, he makes use of its structure to trap and kill the soldiers. Sir Gawain, riding on alone, recalls how, years earlier, King Arthur had ordered the extermination of many Saxon villages; the massacre had been a betrayal of the peace-treaties brokered by Axl, who had at the time been Arthur's envoy. Arthur ordered that Querig be brought to the lair where she now lives, that a spell be cast turning her breath into an oblivion-inducing mist, causing the Saxons to forget about the massacres. Axl and Beatrice become separated from Wistan and Edwin, they travel on alone, they are persuaded by a girl to take a poisoned goat to Querig's lair. Sir Gawain shows the way. Travelling with Wistan, Edwin has been hearing a voice that he identifies as his lost mother, calling him to her. Wistan realises that Edwin's wound has been caused by a baby dragon and that Edwin can lead him to Querig.

As they approach, Edwin becomes crazed and has to be restrained. Sir Gawain reveals that his duty was not in fact to slay Querig, but to protect her in order to maintain the mist. Wistan kills him, he proceeds to slay Querig causing Edwin's madness to depart and the mist to dissipate, restoring the people's memories. He laments that "the giant, once well buried, now stirs": his action will cause the old animosities between Saxon and Briton to return, leading to a new war. Axl and Beatrice are able to recall that their son had died many years ago of the plague, they meet a ferryman who offers to row the old couple over to an island where they can be close to him in perpetuity. He says, married couples have to dwell on the island separately and always apart, but in rare cases couples whose love is deep and profound may remain together; the ferryman tells Axl and Beatrice that they qualify, but as they are about to be rowed over the waves increase and he informs them that he can carry only one person at a time.

Axl is suspicious that the ferryman intends to trick them into separating forever, but Beatrice believes the man to be truthful and asks Axl to wait on the shore while she is taken over. The novel ends without resolution, as Axl relucta