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A New Test Mark 12:28-34

A New Test

The test Jesus gives has only two questions.

At a Glance

Cabbies in New York City used to take a 80-question test before getting their hack licenses. Now, however, the exam has been reduced to 10 questions. What gives? People were probably wondering the same thing when Jesus reduced the 613 commandments of the law of Moses to just two! Really?

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's epistle text, see "The List," November 2, 2003, at

Venice has its gondolas, Calcutta its pedicabs, London its distinctive black taxis, but, in the canyons of Manhattan, the yellow cab is king.

Anyone who drives the streets of the Big Apple quickly learns that taxi drivers rule the road ("WARNING: I brake for nobody"). New York cabbies pride themselves on delivering their passengers curbside in the least amount of time, even if it involves a nail-biting, careening ride through traffic-choked streets to make good on that pledge.

One of the reasons New York cabbies are so good at their work -- besides their finely-tuned talent...

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