Re: Matthew 19:9

From: Steven Craig Miller (
Date: Thu Oct 14 1999 - 21:53:05 EDT

To: Michael Abernathy,

<< 4. Jesus was forbidding divorce for the purpose of remarriage. Brad
Young argues that the force of the Hebrew would have linked the divorce and
remarriage together in one continuous motion thus, translating, "Everyone
who divorces his wife [in order] to marry another commits adultery." ( See
Jesus the Jewish Theologian [1995] p. 115). >>

Unless Brad Young is suggesting that Matthew's gospel was originally
written in Hebrew, what he would be presenting is not an interpretation of
the saying of the Matthean Jesus at Mt 19:9, but a hypothetical
reconstruction of this saying's supposed predecessor. If so, that is not an
interpretation of Mt 19:9. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but
it is just a different issue.

You might also want to take into consideration the textual critical issues,
for we don't have just one text of Mt 19:9, D.C. Parker, in his "The Living
Text of the Gospels" (1997: 85-86) lays out eight different variant
readings of Mt 19:9!

-Steven Craig Miller
Alton, Illinois (USA)

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