From: Carl W. Conrad (
Date: Sun Oct 17 1999 - 09:19:45 EDT

At 7:46 AM -0500 10/17/99, Steven Craig Miller wrote:
>To: Carl W. Conrad,
><< As for DIKAIOS, the word must be understood in the context of Matthew's
>gospel as a recurrent and important theme word to be considered in all of
>its applications ... >>
>Perhaps, but I would note that a number of scholars disagree with you
>here. Father Brown [1977/1993:125] writes:
><< Although DIKAIOS, "upright, just" is a favorite Matthean word ... The
>most likely meaning of "upright" here [at Mt 1:19], namely, observant of
>the Law, is not the usual meaning of DIKAIOS for Matthew ... >>
>And Davies and Allison [1988:203] write:
><< ... DIKAIOS should not be understood as Matthew's preferred technical
>term for true Christian disciples; and in 1.19 the word simply indicates
>obedience to the Torah. >>
>Of course, these things are always a judgment call, and I wouldn't want to
>suggest that your interpretation has no merit. On the other hand, it seems
>to me that it would be a mistake to assume than any author always uses each
>term consistently in the same way throughout one's writing.

Well, I wouldn't assume that even about you; in your previous post on this,
you were urging that DIKAIOS meant "civilized" here. Of course, you weren't
arguing now for your view but against mine.

Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics/Washington University
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