From: Rion K. Reece (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sun Nov 14 1999 - 20:08:05 EST
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I just received a little book by David Bivin and Roy Blizzard Jr. entitled
Understanding the Difficult words of Jesus. If anyone has read this,
will you please comment on the following statements made in this book?
<P>1. The synoptic gospels and part of acts show signs of being translated
<P>2. Jesus' words in Luke 23:31, "For if they do these things in
the green tree, what shall be done in the dry" are a referrence to Ezekiel
20:47".. say to the forest of the Negeb, Hear the word of the LORD: Thus
says the Lord GOD, I will kindle a fire in you, and it shall devour every
green tree in you and every dry tree; "
<UL>2b. and that "the green tree" was a specific claim to messiahship which
would be well understood at the time.
3. Jesus' words in Mathew 11:12, " From the days of John the Baptist
until now the kingdom of
<BR>heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force." are
a midrash of Micah 2:12,13
<P>"2 I will surely gather all of you, O Jacob, I will gather the survivors
of Israel; I will set them together like sheep in a fold, like a flock
in its pasture; it will resound with people.13 The one who breaks out will
go up before them; they will break through and pass the gate, going out
by it. Their king will pass on before them, the LORD at their head.
<P>where the one who breaks out is John the Baptist and the Lord is understood
to be Jesus. Can BIAZETAI be taken as 'break out', and if so,
would that make sense of the text?
<P>I have a feeling that much of this hypothesis is dependent on the afore-mentioned
Imnotkiddingensis written in cross-brown crayola ;-) but I would love to
have some help in sorting it out. Thanks to all.
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