A lecture given by Ben Keyes at L’Abri Fellowship in Southborough, Massachusetts on June 25th, 2021. For more information, visit https://southboroughlabri.org/
“His Own Did Not Receive Him”: The Literary Theme of the Unrecognized King
There are many works of western literature in which people of great power and authority disguise themselves and are not recognized even by their own people. Maybe you can think of some stories that contain this theme? While the motivations for secrecy and the outcomes vary widely, this motif of the unrecognized ruler is undeniably powerful. In this lecture we will discuss a few examples of this theme and how they point imperfectly to Jesus Christ—the ultimate unrecognized King.
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