Re: Mt 7:28

From: Phillip J. Long (
Date: Mon Aug 03 1998 - 13:03:54 EDT

On Mon, 03 Aug 1998 11:58:37 +0000, you wrote:

>It is my contention that the crowd hearing the "sermon on the mount" was not
>amazed in a positive sense, but appaled, disgusted, horrified, by the things
>Jesus had said.
>Any reaction to this supposition?

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.

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.

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."

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