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Saturday, May 05, 2007

What would Jesus do? 1

I thought we could talk a little about how Jesus quoted the scriptures to give us some new ideas.

Did Jesus Recognize a Specific Text of Scripture?

Did Jesus recognize a specific text form of scripture? It does not appear so, for his usage of scripture is allusive, paraphrastic, and-so far as it can be ascertained-eclectic. We find agreement with the proto-Masoretic text, with the Hebrew under-lying the Septuagint (perhaps even the Septuagint itself), and with the Aramaic para-phrase. Several examples from each category will illustrate the phenomena. The examples that are chosen are the most obvious, in that they stand over against the readings in the other versions.

This is from Which Old Testament text did Jesus prefer and quote from? Is Jesus' practise relevant to us today or does it not apply since he was using scripture texts in an oral context rather than written?

I'll follow this up with a look at how the two gospel accounts of the sermon on the mount vary, and then look a bit at the Septuagint.


At Sun May 06, 02:12:00 AM, Blogger anonymous said...

You have problems even before you begin:

There is only one Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:3-7:27). Luke 6:20b-48 is called the Sermon on the Plain. It is important to keep them separate, and not just because one happened on a mountain and the other in a level place. The key observation, well known since Gregory of Nyssa's Great Catechesis and recognized by scholars to this very day is that the former is Jewish in background and the latter is Greek.

At Sun May 06, 07:56:00 AM, Blogger Suzanne McCarthy said...

Yes, the sermon on the plain ...

the former is Jewish in background and the latter is Greek

that is surely a given, one being Matthew and the other Luke.

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