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information about france  StrasbourgFrance, Alsace
at the west façade of the cathedral.
Uploaded: May, 21 2009 | Taken: May, 25 2004| Viewed: 36 times  | 5 votes
Camera: Canon | Model: CanoScan LiDE 70 | SW: CanoScan Toolbox 5.0

jacko1 - May, 21 2009 07:05am
Excuse my ignorance Petra, why are these Virgins "foolish"?.

pesu - May, 21 2009 08:05am
Tony, Wikipedia says:

The Parable of the Ten Virgins , or the Wise and Foolish Virgins, is a parable told by Jesus in the gospel of Matthew (Matthew 25:1-13). In it, the five virgins who are prepared for the bridegroom's arrival are rewarded and the five who are not prepared are excluded. The parable has a clear apocalyptic theme: be prepared for the day of reckoning…
In the Parable of the Ten Virgins the story is told by Jesus of a party of virgins given the honour of attending a wedding. Each of the ten virgins is carrying a lamp as they await the coming of the bridegroom. Five are wise and bring a jar of oil. Five are foolish and they took no oil with them. The bridegroom is late in coming; the foolish virgins ask the wise ones for spare oil, but the others refuse, saying that they might then not have enough. While the foolish virgins are away buying more oil, the bridegroom arrives. The wise virgins are there to welcome him and the foolish ones arrive too late and are excluded.

pesu - May, 21 2009 08:05am
....It was one of the most popular parables in the Middle Ages with enormous influence on Gothic art, sculpture and the architecture of German and French cathedrals.

jacko1 - May, 21 2009 02:05pm
Thank you for that very detailed explanation Petra, my knowledge of the scriptures is obviously sadly lacking, I shall try to do better:-).

eirekay - May, 22 2009 04:05pm
Where is the 5th virgin?

pesu - May, 22 2009 04:05pm
Eire, actually you can see only 3 of 5 virgins on this pic. The figure on the left is the 'seducer' offering an apple (!) and leading the virgins away from the entrance of the church. On the other side of the door there are the 5 wise virgins welcomed by Jesus leading them to the entrance of the church.

aufgehts - May, 22 2009 09:05pm
Hey! My favorite virgins!

krisek - May, 23 2009 01:05pm
I like the expression of the first virgin - the one closer to the apple. The architects were geniuses those days - no disrespect to my brother's girlfriend!

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