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Bibil Identifier bibil:236797
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Did Jesus Oppose the prosbul in the Forgiveness Petition of the Lord’s Prayer?
Author Drake, Lyndon
Journal Novum Testamentum. An International Quarterly for New Testament and Related Studies (Volume: 56, Issue: 3)
Year (Publication) 2014
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2014
Year (Copyright) 2014
Year (Reference) 2014
Language English
Pages 233-244 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The forgiveness petition of the Lord’s Prayer includes the condition that the petitioner must forgive their own “debtors,” widely taken to be a metaphorical reference to sin-forgiveness. In this article, I argue that to Jesus’ contemporaries “debt” would have been an unusual way of referring to sin, and that the choices made by the Matthean and Lukan redactors show that they understood the Jesus-saying to enjoin debt-forgiveness as well as sin-forgiveness. The prosbul was the only way for pious contemporaries to avoid the Torah’s requirement to periodically forgive debts, and so Jesus opposed the prosbul by enjoining precisely the behaviour which the prosbul made unnecessary.
DOI 10.1163/15685365-12341447
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Forgiveness
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Money
Pericopes Matthew 6,12
Luke 11,4
Terms חוֹב חוב
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