Bags of Bran

Matthew and his Vagueness
October 11, 2011, 8:35 pm
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In 5:18, the NAS reads: “For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished.”

Interesting things:

“Pass away” and “Pass” translate the same Greek word: both are aorist active subjunctives. One may safely guess that they are parallel, but how? I have a guess, but it’s only a guess.

Also: All what, Matthew? Didn’t anyone ask a follow-up question? What is the “all” which must be “realized” (which, I submit, is a better way to translate the particular word translated “accomplished”)? Is it the Law, or something else?

And finally, since the heaven and the earth have not passed away recently, what is the Law doing? I think I have a good answer for this question, but I pose it anyways to invite the reader to thinkin’.

Good stuff in Matthew. He’s exactly as specific as he needs to be, and leaves as many details for the reader to color in as to leave room for a good church argument.


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