Posted by Jonah on January 17, 2001 at 22:06:47:
In Reply to: Abdulbaha and Christ similar in appearence ? posted by John on January 17, 2001 at 21:50:52:
It sounds to me like appearance is here being used as a metaphor for the qualities within the person. For example, when Baha'u'llah talks about the concept of "The Return" in the Kitab-i-Iqan, He often explains it as a return of the qualities of one prophet manifesting in a another, not the literal return of the same soul, so to speak.
I would be surprised if Baha'u'llah was claiming that the two shared a literal, physical resemblance.
I know there are places in the Writings that support this type of metaphorical interpretation of the "Re-Incarnation" of attributes, but offhand I don't have a chance to look for them. I hope someone will be able to flesh this out more!
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