[B-Greek] Matthew 24:34

Jason Hare jason at jhronline.com
Mon Jun 16 08:52:08 EDT 2003


Since we're allowing short interpretive notes, why not
allow for a FOURTH position? What if we just take it
to mean "this generation" (the one that was living at
the time when it was spoken) and avoid all the
harmonization with history? Perhaps Jesus was just
plain wrong.

Again, B-Greek is for translation, not interpretation.
We need to leave the dogma regarding the verses at the
door. Everyone has interpretations. And this can open
a real can of worms. Don't you think?


--- "Carl W. Conrad" <cwconrad at artsci.wustl.edu>
> At 2:17 AM -0700 6/16/03, K.Bratanov wrote:
> >Hello everybody,
> >
> >Would you please help with the correct translation
> of Mat 24:34
> >
> >The Greek says:
> 	   (should be:PARELQHi hH GENEA hAUTH)
> >I was surprised to find conjunctive, and "an"
> particle, instead of
> >future (according to the versions I've read) It'd
> be interesting for
> >me what is your proposal for literal translation as
> well.
> >
> >I think that the particle "AN" makes the meaning
> little different
> >from defining *historical* points of beginning and
> end (for ex. the
> >sec. half of the I-st c.). Perhaps Jesus of
> Nazareth speaks rather of
> >period of continuance, e.g. less than 30 yrs, not
> mentioning the
> >historical point of beginning? Which would mean
> that we could only
> >get from here an idea of *how much time* those
> events would take, but
> >in now way *when* exactly they'd begin and,
> respectively, end ?
> "Truly I tell you, this GENEA will not pass until
> all these things have
> taken place."
> The real question is precisely what hH GENEA hAUTH
> was intended to  mean.
> Here's what NET note on it says:
> =====
> "This is one of the hardest verses in the gospels to
> interpret. Various
> views exist for what generation means. (1) Some take
> it as meaning "race"
> and thus as an assurance that the Jewish race
> (nation) will not pass away.
> But it is very questionable that the Greek term v
> (GENEA ) can have this
> meaning. Two other options are possible. (2)
> Generation might mean "this
> type of generation" and refer to the generation of
> wicked humanity. Then
> the point is that humanity will not perish, because
> God will redeem it. Or
> (3) generation may refer to "the generation that
> sees the signs of the end"
> (v. 30), who will also see the end itself. In other
> words, once the
> movement to the return of Christ starts, all the
> events connected with it
> happen very quickly, in rapid succession. "
> -- 
> Carl W. Conrad
> Department of Classics, Washington University
> (Emeritus)
> 1989 Grindstaff Road/Burnsville, NC 28714/(828)
> 675-4243
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