Mark 1:40

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And there cometh to him a leper, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. (ASV)



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Continued from Mark 1:1 Inventory of Significant Editing in the First Gospel: Significant Variant #7:

Mark 1:40

 ??? ??????? ???? ????? ?????? ????????? ????? ??? ?????????

And comes to him a leper begging him and kneeling down

And Metzger commentary:

"1.40 [??? ?????????] {C} On the one hand, the combination of B D W al in support of the shorter text is extremely strong. On the other hand, if ??? ????????? ????? were the original reading, homoeoteleuton could account for its accidental omission. On the whole, since in the parallel passages Matthew’s use of ?????????? (Mt 8.2) and, still more, Luke’s ????? ??? ???????? (Lk 5.12) seem to support the originality of the idea of kneeling in Mark’s account, the Committee decided to retain ??? ????????? with ? L ? f 1 565 al but to enclose the expression within square brackets."

Metzger, B. M., & United Bible Societies. 1994. A textual commentary on the Greek New Testament, second edition; a companion volume to the United Bible Societies' Greek New Testament (4th rev. ed.) . United Bible Societies: London; New York


The Translation of what Metzger is saying is that "kneeling down" may not be Original. Also note that "Matthew"/"Luke" use different phrases here indicating it wasn't original. "Kneeling/Bowing/Going down" is often cited by Apologists as evidence of Jesus supposed divinity. I think everyone would agree that "Mark's" Jesus is more Human than the other Guys and Dolls' Jesuses. I Am also pretty sure that the Issue of Jesus' supposed divinity not only affects Christian Doctrine but affects it Significantly.

--JoeWallack 09:20, 19 Nov 2006 (CST)


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