Rembrandt van Rijn, a resident of seventeenth century Amsterdam, was a prolific and popular artist. Art historian Marilyn Stokstad ranks him as one of the great artists of all times. He also ran an enormous workshop, where many apprentices learned to imitate his style.
He may have excelled more as a teacher than a painter. His pupils so effectively imitated him that scholars find it difficult to define his body work. Pieces formerly attributed to him are being reassigned to his students.
This is the idea behind Jesus’ words in Matthew 10:25, where He says, “It is enough for the student to be like his teacher…” The Greek word mathētēs, which is translated student, can correctly be translated: student, pupil, apprentice, follower, learner or disciple. Something more than impartation and absorption of information is indicated. It speaks of a closeness of relationship through which the learner so completely knows…
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