From: Jonathan Robie (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu Sep 03 1998 - 07:44:54 EDT
To me, the English phrase "their heart was hardened" implies a wilful
steeling of the heart to avoid being open to receiving something, but in
Mark 6:52, it seems to mean only that "they didn't get it".
Various sources I look at disagree whether this "hardening of the heart"
involves wilful refusal; i.e. is it a wilful blindness, or just a blindness?
In Job 17:7, Job says PEPWRONTAI GAR APO ORGHS hOI OFQALMOI MOU, his eyes
have grown dim because of grief. In context, I don't think this implies any
wilfulness on Job's part.
Now I know that "there are none so blind as those who will not see", but
does the phrase ALL HN AUTWN hH KARDIA PEPWRWMENH itself imply wilful
blindness, or just blindness?
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