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of the reproachful ou et col from Mk 438 = Mt 825, and of the somewhat sarcastic question from Mk 637 - Mt 1417.

In this way Mt 2234-40 might be explained as due to editorial revision of Mk 1228-34. But another factor has to be taken into account. Lk. in the parallel to Mk. abbreviates the whole section into one sentence: “And certain of the scribes answered and said, Teacher, Thou hast well said. For no one dared to ask Him anything.” Two reasons for this shortening may be conjectured-(a) Lk. found Mk.'s narrative to be not free from objection; (6) he had already inserted a similar story free from the objectionable element in 1025-27. Now, Lk 1025-27 agrees in some points with Mt 2234-40 against Mk 12. In both, according to the usual text, the questioner is described as voulkós. In both he comes to test Christ— telpáfw, Mt 85; TT Elpáśwv, Lk 25. Both stories have a definite reference to the law, ev tỘ vóuq; and both omit the quotation from Dt 64, and partially assimilate Mk.'s quotation of Dt 65 to the Hebrew by substituting év for Mk.’s ék (= LXX). Lk., however, has both prepositions. These facts are rather difficult to explain. We might suppose that Mt. and Lk. were both acquainted with a narrative of a lawyer who came to tempt Christ. Lk. inserted it in ch. 10, and afterwards omitted the somewhat similar narrative of Mk 12, whilst Mt. substituted it for the story of Mk 12. Or Mt.'s text may be regarded as a revision of Mk.'s, and Lk 1025-27 may be entirely independent, or affected by reminiscence of Mt. and Mk. on the part of Lk.

86. Teacher, what kind of commandment is great in the law ?] M? Mk. has: “What kind of commandment is first of all ?”—Tolos cf. 1918 Or it is equivalent to tis ; cf. 21234, Win.-Schm. p. 241.

37. And He said to him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God M? with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.] Mk. has : "Jesus answered that the first is, Hear, O Israel ; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God from all thy heart, and from all thy soul, and from all thy mind, and from all thy strength.” The quotation is from Dt 65. The LXX has "from all thy mind (davolas), and from all thy soul, and from all thy power (Suvánews).” But A F Luc have καρδίας for διανοίας. . Mk. seems to have conflated the two renderings, and to have substituted ισχύος for δυνάμεως. Mt., remembering the fact that there were only three clauses in the original, retains only the first three from Mk., and assimilates to the Hebrew by substituting év for ék. 38. This is the great and first commandment.]

M? 39. A second similar one is this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour M? as thyself.] The quotation is from Lv 1918, and has already been quoted in 1918. This saying in a negative form is ascribed to Hillel


in B. Shabb 318 “What is hateful to thee, do not do to thy neigh

bour. That is the whole law. All else is commentary upon it.” 1 M? 40. On these two commandments hangeth the whole law, and the

prophets.] Mk. has : “Greater than these is no other commandment."

Mt. here postpones Mk 34b to the end of the next section, where it suitably closes the whole series of questions.

34. επί το αυτό] D latt S' S? have επ' αυτόν cf. 277 συνήγαγον επ' αυτόν. étel has here a hostile significance, as in Ac 4-7. This reading gives an admirable sense, and would be easily corrupted into ÉTI TD autó: cf. Ac 428.

35. voukós] Om. I e Si Arm Orig. The word occurs seven times in Lk., not in Mk., nor elsewhere in Mt.

37. davola] c SS’ have “power” (c. virtute) =lo xúï from Mk. S? S? also have “from " for ev throughout, assimilating to Mk. (and the Pesh. VS. of Dt.).

41-45. From Mk 1285-87a.

41. And when the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, saying.) Mk. has: "And Jesus answered and said, as He taught in the temple.” For the emphasis on the Pharisees, cf. on v.86. The collocation of our xoncav, v. 84, with Tepi Toll XPLOTOU,

v.“, suggests that very possibly the Evangelist had in mind Ps 2?. M 42. What think ye about the Messiah? Whose Son is He?

They say to Him, David's.] Mk. has: “How say the scribes
that the Messiah is David's Son?”—vir dokel] cf. on 1725.

For léyovo iv aŭto, cf. 197 2181 2221.
M 43. He saith to them, How then does David in the Spirit call

Him Lord, saying ?] Mk. has : “David himself in the Holy Spirit
said.” — év arveúuati] i.e. by divine inspiration. Cf. “David said in
the Holy Spirit,” Schir ha-Schirim 21 (Wünsche, p. 54), and see

Bacher, Exeget. Termin. ii. 202.
M 44. The Lord said to My Lord, Sit at My right hand until I

place Thy enemies underneath Thy feet.] So Mk. That is to say,
“there is a Psalm of David in which the writer speaks of the
Messiah as Lord.” It is assumed that the Psalm is Davidic, and
that it deals with the Messiah. The reference is to Ps 11o1.
Both Mt. and Mk. differ from the LXX in omitting the article
before κύριος, and in substituting υποκάτω for υποπόδιον.

45. If, therefore, David calls Him Lord, how is He His Son ? Mk. has : “David himself calls Him Lord, and whence is He His Son ?" Christ here raises a difficulty which He does not solve. If the Messiah is David's Son, how is it that David, speaking by divine inspiration, ascribes to Him a divine title and divine prerogatives? The solution suggested, though not expressed, is that the Messiah is not only Son of David, but Son of God. See Dalm. Words, pp. 285 f.

1 Cf. also Siphra on Lv 1918 (Ugol. 853) “Rabbi Akiba said, This is the greatest commandment in the law,” and Bereshith R. (Wünsche, p. 112).


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46. And no one could answer Him a word, nor did any one M dare from that day to question Him any further.] Mk. has : “And no one any further dared to question Him.”

Mt. and Lk. agree in the following:
autoús, Mt 41 Lk 41
καλεί-πώς, Mt 45, Lk 4; λέγει-πόθεν, Mk 37.
Both insert oủv, Mt 45, Lk 4

44. Umókatw) XB D al behq S S; ÚTotodlov, E F al latt. In Mk. Útókatw is read by B D&T Td 28 S?, ÚTOTÓLov by XALX al latt. Lk. has ÚTOT 6dcov here (X B al S’, but D latt S' úrókarw) and in Ac 235.

XXIII, For Mk 12376-40 Mt. substitutes a much longer discourse. The relation of this to Lk. may be shown as follows: Mt.


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II 49-51 13.34-35

It will be seen that Lk 1189-82 contains sayings spoken to a Pharisee, 88, or Pharisees, 42, or lawyers, 46, all of which are incorporated in Mt 23, but without distinction of audience, in a different order, and in different language. The last difference makes it very unlikely that Mt. and Lk. had a common written source.

Mt vv.

37-39 recur in Lk 1384-85 in a different context, and with variations of language. A common written source is improbable.

1. Then Jesus spake to the multitudes, and to His disciples, say- E ing.) Mk. has : “And in His teaching, He was saying.” Lk. also has tois pantais in this connection.

2. The scribes and the Pharisees sit on the seat of Moses.] Cf. L B. Rosh ha Shanah 25% Every council of three in Israel is like the council of Moses”; Aboth 11 “Moses received ... and delivered to Joshua, and Joshua to the elders, and the elders to the prophets, and the prophets to the men of the great synagogue." —

ékábloav] The aor. is difficult. It may be due to the fact that the editor writes from his own standpoint, and looks back upon the period when the scribes and Pharisees were in power. But

Wellhausen speaks of it as a Semiticism. L 8. All things therefore whatsoever they say to you, do and

observe.] The words are difficult in view of the criticism of the regulations of the traditional law in 151-20 ; cf. esp. 156. We must suppose that a limitation is to be inferred from "sit in Moses' seat.” Do all things that they teach, in so far as this is in harmony with the spirit of the Mosaic law. The comprehensiveness of the saying reminds us of 518.But do not according to their works : for they say, and do not.] This can hardly mean that the Pharisees did not themselves endeavour to conform to the regulations of the traditional law. The déyovou implies that the whole Pharisaic system was professedly an endeavour to fulfil the commands of God expressed in the Old Testament, and to live up to the moral standard there revealed. By oủ Tolowois meant that in practice their system tended to miss the real righteousness of the Old Testament, and to overlook its true principles, love, mercy, truth, etc. Cf. 127. They professed regard for the Old Testament, but neglected the mercy which it taught; 154. 6 they so explained away the divine command of filial duty as to sanction the direct contrary ; 2323 they paid great attention to minuter regulations of the law, but neglected the great underlying

moral principles. L 4. And they bind heavy burdens, and lay them upon the

shoulders of men ; and they themselves with their finger are unwilling to move them away.] Lk 1146 has : “ Ye burden men with intolerable burdens, and yourselves touch not the burdens with one of your fingers." The verse gives an example of the failure to “do” referred to in v.8. The law was given not as a burden, but as a privilege. But the Pharisaic interpretation of it made it a burden upon life. And the Pharisees refused to lighten this everaccumulating burden of legal restrictions in the slightest degree. Traditionalism is always unwilling to relinquish what has become effete and antiquated. The burdens referred to are those of the traditional law with its ever-increasing complexity.

For kivñoal="to remove,” cf. Rev 25 614. L 6. And all their works they do to be seen of men: for they

make wide their phylacteries, and enlarge their tassels.] The verse emphasises a special vice which was eating into the heart of the whole Pharisaic system. For pulaktúpla, see DB, “Phylacteries."

For kpdoneda, cf. on 920. ML 6, 7. And love the chief seat at feasts and the first places in the

synagogues, and salutations in the market-places, and to be called by men, Rabbi.] Lk. has (1143): “You love the first place in the synagogues, and the salutations in the market - places.” Mk. reverses the order, and so does Lk. in the parallel to Mk 2046. – φιλούσι] so Lk. φιλούντων. Mk 38 has θελόντων.

8. But be not ye called Rabbi : for one is your Teacher, and all L ye are brethren.]

9. And call no man your father upon earth: for one is your Father, L the heavenly one) matépa un Kaléonte úpôv is harsh. “Father” was a term of respect for the men of a past generation ; cf. the title of the Mishnic treatise Pirke Aboth = Sayings of the Fathers, and the title πατέρων ύμνος of Ecclus 44. The Aramaic Abba was used as a title or name of distinguished teachers ; cf. Levy, Neuheb. Wörterbuch ; Dalm. Words, 339.

10. And be not called leader : for one is your leader, even L Christ.] καθηγητής and διδάσκαλος (v.8) are probably renderings of 37. If so, the two verses are duplicate versions of one saying. See Dalm. Words, 340.

11. But the greater among you shall be your minister.] Cf. Mk L 985 1043

12. And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased, and who-L soever shall humble himself shall be exalted.] Cf. Pr 2923. Similar words occur in Lk 1411 1814.

4. βαρέα] Add και δυσβάστακτα, BD al. Omit N (μεγάλα βαρέα)L1 209 a beffah Si s?. Probably an interpolation from Lk 1188.

το δακτύλω αυτών] Om. S'.

6. pulakthpia aútwr] S S have “the thongs of their frontlets." Meyalúvovou rd kpdoteda] Si Sa have "lengthen the fringe(s) of their cloaks.” The translators are influenced by knowledge of Jewish practice and custom.

7. ραββεί] D al S1 Sραββεί, ραββεί.
8. u kanonte] S' Shave “call not ye men Rabbi,” assimilating to v.'.

12. E F G al add here: “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites : for ye devour the houses of widows, and for a pretence pray at length. Therefore ye shall receive more abundant judgement.” Omit & BDLŽae ff gl? S? The words are an interpolation from Mk 124, Lk 2047. In some authorities the words stand after v. 18.

13–32. Seven illustrations of Pharisaic “saying,” and “not doing.”

13. But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites/ for ye shut L the kingdom of the heavens before men: for ye enter not in, neither do ye allow those who are going in to enter.] Lk 1152 has: “Woe to you, lawyers ! for ye took away the key of knowledge. Yourselves ye did not enter, and those were going in ye prevented.” Cf. Fragment of a Lost Gospel, ed. Grenfell and Hunt, 11. 41-46, which may be reconstructed as follows: "The key of the kingdom (or of knowledge) they hid. Themselves entered not, neither suffered they those who were going in to enter.” The meaning is that the Pharisaic interpretation of the law obscured rather than illuminated its religious content.

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