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34:17); and you shall remember the feast of unleavened bread that commemorates the exodus from the prior condition; you shall dedicate your first-fruits to God, dedicate a day in every week to God, the festival of harvest, three more days a year--that covers the "ten words" that are the terms of the covenant, all except for the last sublime metaphor for injustice: "you shall not boil a kid in its mother's milk." What gives life cannot be used to deal death.
treats the leaven as a positive symbol used "to illustrate the inevitable power of the kingdom" (406), failing to note that leaven is a negative symbol in the feast of Unleavened Bread. H.'s argument that the Great Banquet and the Wedding Feast are independent parables seems weak (334-35), and one wonders why he ignores the fact that there is one invitation to the invited and two to the uninvited in Luke's version, but two to the invited and only one to the uninvited in Matthew's.
Thus, a likely reason for our writer's rejection of the unsealed bread and his observation that all the vessels are impure would be his knowledge that there had been a recent death in the household from which the unsealed vessels with their bread were being dispatched.(18) The Passover Papyrus orders Jedaniah and his colleagues to "be pure" (hww dkyn), presumably during the seven days of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, and to bring all leaven into their chambers and seal (htmw) them up during the seven days of the festival (TAD A 4.1:5, 8).(19) Rituals of purity and procedures of sealing were not strange to a community with its own temple and with scribes turning out tied and sealed contracts.