Re: Matthew 24:30

From: Carl W. Conrad (
Date: Sat Feb 17 1996 - 08:16:25 EST

On 2/16/96, Jan S Haugland wrote:

> Carl Conrad said:
> >When the sign appears (beginning of vs. 30) ALL THE NATIONS ON EARTH
> Or, "All the tribes of the land"
> >will beat their breasts--and they will see the Son of Man coming on
> >the clouds of heaven WITH POWER AND MUCH GLORY. Then in vs. 31 there
> >is the gathering of the "elect" from all the earth.
> Earth in the meaning "known earth". The idea of a planet was not known
> among those who wrote the NT.

You are of course absolutely right; they probably had no notion of what
Eratosthenes knew. Nevertheless I think the intent of the speaker/writer
was to make that prophecy universal in its reference.

> I had decided not to post about this topic again here. I just blew my
> last new years resolution :-)

Ah, well--I don't even make such resolutions any more; in fact, I sort of
think the notion of cyclical renewal on a solar anniversary is a pagan
relic. ;-)

Welcome back, Jan.

Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics, Washington University
One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO, USA 63130
(314) 935-4018 OR

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