[B-Greek] Matthew 5:19 translation and antecedent

Nelson D. Kloosterman nkloosterman at sbcglobal.net
Fri Sep 14 12:39:03 EDT 2007


Matthew 5:19 begins: hOS EAN OUN LUSHi MIAN TWN ENTOLWN TOUTWN TWN 
ELACISTWN.

I am interested in the function of TOUTWN, leading to these two questions:

1. Translation: can this properly be rendered "Whoever therefore breaks 
one of these least commandments"? Most English versions render it: 
"Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments."

2. Antecedent: If the answer to 1. is affirmative, what is the 
antecedent of TOUTWN? Could it possibly refer back generally to the 
implied summons in Matthew 5:3-16? If the answer is negative, what is 
the antecedent of TOUTWN then?

Thanks in advance.

Nelson Kloosterman





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