Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Literary Structure of Matthew 11:25-30 and 12:46-50 (sections C and C')


I have already commented on the relationship between Matthew 11:25-30 and 12:46-50 in a previous post, and the much larger macro-literary structure of chapters 11 & 12 in another post. But I did not include the smaller micro-literary structure for these parallel sections. That can be found below. The translational differences were noted in the previous post as well:

At that time Jesus declared:
A)  I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
   B)  that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding
   B’)  and revealed them to little children.
A’)  Yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.

C)  All things have been handed over to me by my Father,
   D)  and no one really knows the Son except the Father,
   D’)  and no one really knows the Father except the Son
C’)  and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

E)  Come to me all who labor and are burdened,
   F)  and I will give you rest.
      G)  Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me,
E’)  for I am gentle and lowly in heart,
   F’)  and you will find rest for your souls.     
      G’)  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.


A)  While he was still talking to the multitudes, behold!, his mother and brothers stood outside, seeking to speak to Him. 
   B)  Then one said to Him: “Behold! Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, seeking to speak to you.”  
   B’)  And he answered and told the one who said that to Him: “Who is my mother? And who are my brothers?”  
A’)  And stretching out his hand over his disciples, he said: “Behold! My mother and my brothers! For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”

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