"Make fences" for us the parable...
wross at farmerstel.com
Fri Jan 1 20:48:23 EST 1999
Matthew 13:36 Explain to us the parable is a request that he define it,
as in make fences
I got this message on the B-Greek List and was wondering where you learned
that it was a request that Jesus "make fences"? That being the case, that
passage is highly reflective of Tractate Avot wherein one is called to build
a fence around the Torah. Do you have a citation I could use in writing and
[Note: I always forget how to transliterate phi so I use an F - hope you can
The word in question is FRAZW (which is where we get the English word
"phrase", which means to parse something complex (like a sentence or piece
of music) into clearly defined units of thought). The origin of FRAZW is
presumed to be FRASSW - to fence, or enclose. FRASSW, in turn, probably
comes from FRAW - to rein in, or curb. The word for "Fence" is FRAGMOS.
The Complete Biblical Library reports:
"Moulton-Milligan cites a papyrus instance in which FRAZW was used of the
requirements that orchard owners "register" themselves, that is, "make
clear" their names and the villages where they live."
Please share any insights you gain concerning this.
PS. I define "confusion" as treating two things that are different as if
they are the same thing. FRAZW would be accomplish the opposite.
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