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Monday, June 17, 2013

More Discrepancies and Inadequacies

The Bible 
by Rev. Fr. K.K. John
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More Discrepancies and Inadequacies

Our present day Bible does not contain the said ‘epistle to Laodicea’ but we are most certain that there was such an epistle and that was read by the church members at both Laodicea and colossia and they had taught those things to their descendants.

“And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth; that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene,” Matt 2: 23. 

There is no trace of such a prophecy in any Old Testament books. According to Jews there was no chance of any goodness out of Nazareth, John 1:46. They were not aware of any prophecy concerning Messiah from Nazareth. 

How then and from where St. Matthew quotes like this? Or, can this be a wrong quotation? Scholar-world is confused and could not so far satisfactorily unravel the riddle. 

Some vaguely suggest that this can be an interpretation of the prophecy in Isaiah 11:1 where it says, “And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots.” Hebrew word for ‘rod’ being Netzer, some scholars think that St. Matthew might have probably meant an abridged form of ‘Netzer,' as Jesus was really a branch of Jesse (Scofield ref.). 

Some others think that the word ‘Nazarene’ is used as an attempt to give prominence to Nazareth and to show that Jesus’ ministry actually began in Galilee, as the Jews had a contemptuous look about Galilee (New Testament Commentary of Orthodox seminary Kottayam).

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