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Angels from the realms of glory, wing your flight o’er all the earth…

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This is great stuff, Andrew. I loved your opener. I couldn’t help noticing though that “earth”, as in “The meek shall inherit the earth”, has become “world”, while in Matthew 24:30, I’m sure you have argued that the same word, gē, means “land” (as in the borders of Israel the nation), to fit with the idea of a limited interpretation of the prophecy. I’ve probably got it wrong, and in any case, stretching it, you could argue that the “tribes” that mourn (could also be “peoples”) are the scattered tribes of Israel throughout the earth.