Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Translation makes gospel a compelling guide now

In his introduction to The Book of Matthew in  GOSPEL The Book of Matthew: A new translation with commentary, Thomas Moore writes "the heart of the matter comes at Matthew 10:7-8, when Jesus sends the apostles out to do their work, following his example:

The kingdom is drawing near.
Care for those who are suffering.
Wake up those who are unconscious.
Refresh those who have suffered.
Get rid of daimonic tendencies.

This passage gives a five-point set of instructions for both the apostles and the reader today."

Moore provides background for this fresh translation in his commentary for Chapter 10 when he discusses therapeia, awakening, catharsis and daimonia.

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