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The Empty Jar


(1) Thom 97



(1) Thom 97

/97/ Jesus said, The [Father's] imperial rule is like a woman who was carrying a [jar] full of meal. /2/ While she was walking along [a] distant road, the handle of the jar broke and the meal spilled behind her [along] the road. /3/ She didn't know it; she hadn't noticed a problem. /4/ When she reached her house, she put the jar down and discovered that it was empty. [Complete Gospels]




John Dominic Crossan

Item: 320
Stratum: II (60-80 CE)
Attestation: Single
Historicity: +
Common Sayings Tradition: No



Notes by Gene S. Lovette <>



This poem originated as a contribution to the HODOS online community by Gene Stecher. It is published with Gene's consent but he explicitly retains full rights as the creative author. You welcome to use it for personal study and worship, but it should not be published in any other form without the author's prior consent. Index to Gene Stecher's poems


Spread across the earth,

an act unknown and unseen

to the other-gender spreader,

a hidden process with surprise.

the bursting container becomes

the malfunctioning jar of the

accidental kingdom mediator,

the gifit of feminine labors

Spread across the earth.


Whoops! Empty! Another jar, please.


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