Luke 1:18 / Luke 1:34 SAME QUESTION?
JAdkins264 at aol.com
Mon Dec 25 06:57:32 EST 2000
Merry Christmas to All,
In reading the birth announcement narratives of John the Baptist and Jesus
from Luke chapter 1, I came across the following dilemma. It would seem,
from the varied response of Gabriel, we can know that Zechariah and Mary
asked different questions, yet they appear similar. Gabriel struck
Zechariah dumb, but answered Mary's question. My question is are the two
questions nearly the same or is there a substantial difference between
Luke 1:18 KATA TI GNWSOMAI TOUTO
"How will I know this [for certain]? (NASU)
Luke 1:34 PWS ESTAI TOUTO
"How can this be, (NASU)
If they are the same or nearly so, then it would appear that Gabriel's
responses were due to his ability to discern the motivations of the
individuals by some other means than their queries. This then becomes a
hermeneutical question and I will leave it for some other format. I can't
help but think that there is distinction between the two though, even
though I am aware that I may be trying to put more emphasis on the exact
terms then I should. Somehow, 'according to what, am I to know this'
seems more faithless than does 'how is this.' While those are both overly
literal phrases, they do serve to point to my uneasiness about the texts
comparisons. Thank you in advance for any help.
Always Under Grace!
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