Matthew 23:8, 10

Wieland Willker willker at
Fri Jan 24 03:35:13 EST 2003

Compare Jo 1:38, DIDASKALOS seems to be the regular translation of
RABBI. So it would be only natural here too to use DIDASKALOS in
relation to RABBI.

Robertson in his Wordpictures writes:
Masters (kathegetai). This word occurs here only in the N.T. It is found
in the papyri for teacher (Latin, doctor). It is the modern Greek word
for professor. "While DIDASKALOS represents Rab, KAQHGHTHS stands for
the more honourable Rabban, -bon" (McNeile). Dalman (Words of Jesus, p.
340) suggests that the same Aramaic word may be translated by either
Compare also: Maccabees 10:28 where the word is translated in the
meaning "leader" - "but the leaders of the opposition."

Note also the changes from EPISTATA to DIDASKALE in Lk 5:5; 8:24; 8:45;
9:33; 9:49 by some witnesses. It is possible that occurrences of the
rare forms EPISTATA and KAQHGHTHS have been conformed to the more normal

Best wishes
Wieland Willker, Bremen, Germany
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