09 January 2011
As far as I am concerned there is nothing to say about this. There is no evidence that such an event ever happened, nor is there any evidence to suggest that the two chappies alongside Jesus were indeed Moses and Elijah anyway. The tale, idle as it may be, is a fiction to impress a specific point - Jesus is the Messiah, and he is greater than Moses or Elijah.
But was it a real event? Could Jesus's followers have been mistaken? Instead, could Jesus have actually been visited by aliens, and lit up by the headlights of their flying saucer? Maybe they were arranging a meeting in Gethsemane later, but like totally forgot to show up, much to the chagrin of Jesus himself. And all that even after organising donkeys and upper rooms and stuff. Pesky aliens! Unreliable, the lot of them.
So in the absence of anything remotely resembling evidence, the Transfiguration goes down as just another wee story; we can derive metaphorical "truth" from it if we will, but it's not historically useful.