Luke 2:14 EUDOKIAS and the Dead Sea Scrolls

From: Jonathan Robie (
Date: Mon Nov 25 1996 - 14:04:44 EST

How do I get the Greek text for excerpts from the Dead Sea Scrolls?

Fred Danker's Multidisciplinary Tools for Bible Study says:

Luke 2:14 has long been a vexing problem. (Note: I think we all know that now!)
The problem appears now almost certainly solved in view of the scrolls' use
of the phrases "sons of (God's) good pleasure" and "chosen of (God's) good
pleasure" (cf. 1QH 4:30-38; 11:7-10). Ernest Vogt, a Jesuit scholar,
concludes that "the Qumran texts do more than lend decisive support to this
reading [EUDOKIAS]. They also indicate that 'God's good pleasure' here
refers more naturally to the will of God to confer grace on those he has
chosen, than to God's delighting in and approving of the goodness in men's
lives. Thus neither 'good will toward men' nor 'peace among men with whom he
is pleased' is an accurate translation, but rather 'peace among people of
God's good pleasure,' i.e., God's chosen ones."

I would love to see the Greek text to which he refers. My Bible doesn't have
a QH in it...


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