Re: Simeon's spirit

Date: Sat Nov 29 1997 - 15:02:20 EST

Tom K. argues that there is some question re. the authenticity of the Great
Commision in Mat. 28:19. The basis for his argument is that Eusebius of
Caesarea quotes this text in 3 different forms, but not in the form in which
we have it in the Grk NT. This is not a valid argument since we are not
dependent upon Eusebius but upon the mss in which the text is found.

The critical apparati in both the UBS & Nestle-Aland fail to indicate any
variants similar to Eusebius' various readings. Also, no less an authority
than Bruce Metzger, A Textual Commentary on the Greek New Testament, fails to
indicate any problem with this text.

The witness of the Fathers is indeed important but not sufficiently so to
allow them to replace the textual evidence.

Walter Mueller

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