17. Jesus and the Name of God

A fool kept begging Jesus for the secret of resurrection. "Teach me the name of God that restores the dead to life!"
But Jesus refused.
"Look! Some bones!" the fool exclaimed. "You can recite the secret name and bring the bones to life."
Jesus prayed, and God brought the bones back to life.
They were a lion's bones, and the raging lion tore the fool to pieces.
"Why don't you eat him?" Jesus asked the lion.
"I ate all I needed in life," said the lion. "I killed this fool not for food, but so others can see and learn."

Inspired by: The English prose version of Rumi in Tales from the Masnavi by A. J. Arberry.
Notes: This is story 23 in the book.

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