[B-Greek] Matthew 26:64 συ ειπας

George F Somsel gfsomsel at yahoo.com
Thu Oct 22 22:34:02 EDT 2009

While each text must be understood on its own terms, I hardly think that a text which used Mark which unambiguously has Jesus say ἐγώεἰμι [EGW EIMI] would thus contradict his source by having Jesus deny what he there affirmed.

… search for truth, hear truth, 
learn truth, love truth, speak the truth, hold the truth, 
defend the truth till death.

- Jan Hus

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From: James Ernest <jdernest at alum.bu.edu>
To: Cornell Machiavelli <cornellmachiavelli at yahoo.com>
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Subject: Re: [B-Greek] Matthew 26:64 συ ειπας

> Does the use of πλην shortly thereafter help us determine the contrast
between the answer (first clause) and the following clause? In fact, why the
use of PLHN here?
Charles Talbert's commentary on Matthew in the Paideia series (sorry, not
yet published) says that in Matt 26:11 this phrase gives a negative answer;
if it had been an unambiguous "yes," Pilate would have then pronounced
sentence immediately. He didn't. So the wording itself is noncommittal; but
Pilate takes it as a no.

So at 26:64 (getting now to CT's take on PLHN):

So, in Matt 26:64 Jesus’ answer to the high priest must be understood as a
negative followed by a clarification of his identity in transcendent terms
(cf. the same tactic in John 18:36).

James Ernest

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