Re: Mt 7:28

From: Jim West (jwest@Highland.Net)
Date: Mon Aug 03 1998 - 10:20:28 EDT

At 05:03 PM 8/3/98 +0000, you wrote:

>ekplhssw can be "amazed" in the sense that someone is overwhelmed with
>fright or wonder (BAG), L&S include "to be struck with panic," even
>"driven out of one's senses." But I just don't seen them being
>appaled or horrified here. They are impressed, check the other 13 or
>so occurances of the word, they are astonished by the "words and
>deeds" of Jesus.

Impressed? But why? He has said such things as "if a roman soldier forces
you to go one mile carrying his pack- go another!". "If someone steals your
stuff- let him have it"! "If someone wants to borrow something- give it to
him". "If someone smacks you silly, let em do it again". Why would the
crowd be impressed by this?

>Maybe if the meaning was "disgusted" colaw might have been used, as in
>John 7:23; or aganaktew as in Matthew 21:15 (where it is the Jewish
>leadership that is "indignant" at Jesus' teaching.

This is certainly a possibility. Thanks.

>I somewhat see a parallel between the reation of the crowds in Mt 7
>and the reaction of the teachers of the Law in Mt 21. the crowds are
>amazed, while the teachers of the law are "indignant."

"while the teachers of the law are indignant"? Why would MT use one word
for the crowds and another for the teachers of the law? Doesn't it seem
that MT chooses this word in 7:28 because he wishes to show the indignation
of the mob?



Jim West, ThD
Adjunct Professor of Bible
Quartz Hill School of Theology

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