Re: Matt.6:13

From: Jeffrey B. Gibson (
Date: Thu Feb 18 1999 - 11:12:03 EST

yochanan bitan wrote:
> i have a popular article in Jerusalem Perspective, Feb 1999.
> because of the Semitic background and Jewish prayer, ponerou is more
> probably 'evil'.
> 'evil' is not a name of the 'Evil one' in Hebrew or Aramaic and would have
> required greek restructuring for that meaning.
> not impossible, matt did it elsewhere,
> but less probable,
> given some of the wooden translationisms in the lord's prayer
> and matthew also has poneros='evil' elsewhere.
> the article is a few pages so i won't repeat here.


Correct me if I'm wrong, but you argument from Semitic environment
assumes notl only (a) that the LP goes back to Jesus who gave it in
Aramaic or Hebrew and that (b) Matt 6:13b is a Greek form of a phrase
that was original to the prayer. To put this another way: you rule out
the possibility that Matt. 6:13b is a Matthean *addition* to a prayer
which originaly ended with the Hebrew/Aramaic equivalent of "Lead us not
into PEIRASMOS", yes?



Jeffrey B. Gibson
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Chicago, Illinois 60626

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