Led astray by punctuation: the meaning of έπιοϱκϖ in Matt 5:33

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Abstract

The meaning of έπιοϱκϖ in Matt 5:33 remains uncertain in the NT lexicon of Bauer in English and in major commentaries. This paper traces the problem in Bauer to misreading of punctuation. A re-examination of the evidence establishes that the appropriate meaning is break one's sworn promise, and this is seen to be the meaning Bauer intended.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24-36
Number of pages13
JournalNovum Testamentum
Volume52
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Keywords

  • Matt 5:33
  • Didache 2:3
  • BAG
  • BDAG
  • oaths
  • perjury

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