Re: Matthew 21.7

From: Mark Goodacre (goodacms.p&
Date: Thu Apr 09 1998 - 06:09:33 EDT

Theodore H. Mann wrote:

>Regarding the thread dealing with Matthew 21.7, Dr. Goodacre
> >responded
> to Carlton Winbery:
> >But I think you are right that this is not a b-greek question --
> >perhaps
>> more obviously Synoptic-L.
> I don't see why this isn't a B-Greek question. It dealt with the
> appropriate translation of a passage from the NT, and I was quite
> interested. I wish you would continue the debate.

Apologies. I think the comment I made was dealing with the issue of
why Matthew apparently doubles up the reference to the donkey which
is perhaps not a b-greek question. But the question of how one
translates Matt. 21.7 is, I agree, a b-greek question.

Speaking of which, I note that some of the translations
apparently prefer the one I suggested, that AUTWN = garments.
Consider the following translations of Matt. 21.7:

NIV: "They brought the donkey and the colt, placed their cloaks on
them, and Jesus sat on them. 8 A very large crowd spread their
cloaks on the road . . ."

NASB: "and brought the donkey and the colt, and laid their coats on
them; and He sat on the coats. Most of the crowd spread their coats
in the road"

RSV: "they brought the ass and the colt, and put their garments on
them, and he sat thereon. Most of the crowd spread their garments on
the road"

I think the RSV is the least happy option -- 'thereon' is a bit of
fudge. I like NASB because it goes explicitly for the option I am
suggesting. NIV is perhaps the most ideal, though, in allowing the
reader with no Greek to choose what 'them' might refer to.

None, however, seem to pick up on hEAUTWN, for "*their own* garments"
in v. 8, which suggests to me that indeed AUTWN at the end of v. 7 =

All the best

Dr Mark Goodacre
 Dept. of Theology, University of Birmingham

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