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Bibil Identifier bibil:213032
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) A Contextualised Reading of Matthew 6:22–23: ‘Your eye is the lamp of your body’
Author Viljoen, Francois P.
Journal HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies (Volume: 65, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2009
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2009
Year (Copyright) 2009
Year (Reference) 2009
Language English
Pages 166-170 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract For the modern reader the logion ‘The eye is the lamp of the body’ is puzzling. While most scholars concur that it has something to do with greed and envy, they often fail to explain this correlation between inner attitudes and the physical eye. In this article I argue that the meaning of this passage can only be understood when read according to the ancient understanding of vision. It is important to interpret the genitive in the phrase Ὁ λύχνος τοῦ σώματός ἐστιν ὁ ὀφθαλμός as the ancient hearer or reader would have done.
DOI 10.4102/hts.v65i1.152
Pericopes Matthew 6,22-6,23
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