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Fortuitous Timing

February 12, 2008

As I am sitting and preparing my first lecture on Matthew for my NT class tomorrow, a fortuitously timed post came across my RSS reader. Chris Weimer’s latest thought on antiquity addresses the issue of ἡ βασιλεια του θεου vs. των οὐρανων in the gospel of Matthew.

While he promises that his argument will be continued, Chris’ post is enough to give one who had been taught that Matthew uses ἡ βασιλεια των οὐρανων as a circumlocution for the divine pause.

Indeed, early this evening I was musing on this very issue and unsure as to whether bring it up in class. That Matthew is using a different phrase is clear. Why he’s using it is the key. I look forward to seeing Chris’ further thoughts.

  1. February 13, 2008 2:30 am

    Good luck tomorrow! Sorry I didn’t include an answer yet. Here’s a hint, I think it has to do with the soteriology. Don’t steal my ideas! 😉

    All the best,

    Chris Weimer

  2. jimgetz permalink*
    February 14, 2008 9:12 am

    Luckily class was cancelled due to inclement weather. You have till Friday to finish your post! 😉

  3. Matt Crawford permalink
    February 21, 2008 11:52 pm

    An excellent dissertation was recently written on the ἡ βασιλεια των οὐρανων in Matthew by Jonathan Pennington at the University of St. Andrews. It was just published as Heaven and Earth in the Gospel of Matthew. He argues that the traditional explanations for the phrase are unsatisfying, and proposes a different view that fits the evidence much better. It’s worth checking out.

  4. jimgetz permalink*
    February 22, 2008 8:34 am

    Yummy. Thanks for the reference.

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