Re: Matthew 24:34

From: Steven Craig Miller (
Date: Sun Jan 30 2000 - 03:34:07 EST

<x-flowed>To: Paul Dixon,

<< If GENEA refers to the generation then alive, then the PANTA TAUTA
GENHTAI implies everything Christ prophesied in Mt 24:4ff, certainly 29-31,
will be fulfilled before that generation passes away. At first glance; yea,
even after many glances, verses 29-31 seem to refer to the second coming of
Christ at the end of the age. >>

I would concur with you here. But the rest of what you wrote doesn't make
any sense to me.

<< Yet, taking GENEA as referring to that generation means we should at
least consider taking verses 29-31 as a reference to the coming of Christ
in judgment upon Jerusalem in AD 70, if those verses are to be included in

This is not an interpretation which makes any sense to me. In fact, it
appears to contradict your previous paragraph. Most scholars assume that
Matthew wrote after 70 CE. But either way, if Matthew wrote before 70 CE
then he had no knowledge of the destruction of Jerusalem, and if he wrote
after 70 CE, then he knew that the destruction of Jerusalem didn't include
Christ's second coming.

<< This, of course, is the preterisit position. >>

"Preterisit"? It is my usual habit to correct typos (or misspelled words)
without comment (I'm a poor speller myself). But unfortunately I have no
guess here as to what was meant.

<< You do see the tension, don't you? >>

Frankly, I don't see any problem at all. Let's go back to your suggestion
in the first paragraph. Surely there is no GRAMMATICAL problem with Matthew
or the Matthean Jesus thinking that some of Jesus' contemporaries would
live to see the final "end of the age." Whatever problems anyone else might
have, one cannot claim that such is a GRAMMATICAL or LOGICAL impossibility,

-Steven Craig Miller
Alton, Illinois (USA)
FWIW: I'm neither a clergy-person, nor an academic (and I have no post-grad

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