[Milton-L] text questions

Carol Barton cbartonphd1 at verizon.net
Sun Feb 3 14:43:45 EST 2008


True, but that wasn't the point: "Hebrew" for "Greek" could have been a slip--but she confirmed when I spoke to her privately that she hadn't known that "perfect" could mean "complete"--


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  From: Horace Jeffery Hodges 
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  Sent: Sunday, February 03, 2008 2:32 PM
  Subject: Re: [Milton-L] text questions


  Concerning the New Testament verse Matthew 5:48:

  "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect" (Matthew 5:48),

  Carol wrote:

  "I recently heard a priest telling her congregation that the KJV authors had 'misinterpreted' the Hebrew word for which they substituted 'perfect.' Rather, it was she who hadn't known
  that the word had other meanings when the KJV was being prepared."

  If this priest thought that the KJV authors were translating a Hebrew word in Matthew 5:48, then she was ignorant about more than 17th-century English.

  Jeffery Hodges


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