From: Ben Crick (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed Oct 27 1999 - 18:22:05 EDT
On Wed 27 Oct 1999 (09:11:49), email@example.com wrote:
> I realize that if your verdict is in that this is a wisdom saying, or
> remembered saying of Jesus, drawn from a theorized document such a Q,
> such a connection would appear fictitious. Yet, I am open to the
> possibility that our author is telling it like it was, and am therefore
> interested in this connection of pericopes.
If this detached pericope is in fact from a document such as "Q", then
let's consider its context in that other user of "Q", Luke. If Matthew
and Luke both went through Q, but rearranged its pericopes in a different
sequence, then perhaps Q's context of it has been preserved in Luke 10:21-22,
where it follows the Mission of the Seventy[-two].
Jesus rejoices that his "babes in Christ", his neophyte disciples, have
just had such an enlightening experience of the things of God. Makes sense?
The introductory formula "Jesus answered and said" does not mean that he
was responding to a question from the crowd, or even a Voice from heaven.
It is a commonly used formula for introducing or continuing a narrative
(compare Matthew 17:4; 28:5), and is of Hebraistic origin. See, for example:
Deuteronomy 21:7 W:`FNuW W:'oM:RuW KAI APOKRIQENTES EPOUSIN, LXX
Isaiah 21:9 WaYYa`aN WaYYo'MeR KAI APOKRIQEIS EIPEN, LXX
-- Revd Ben Crick, BA CF <firstname.lastname@example.org> 232 Canterbury Road, Birchington, Kent, CT7 9TD (UK) http://www.cnetwork.co.uk/crick.htm
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