Concordia Theological Monthly

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scripture, sanctified, blasphemy, exegesis, interpretation, lenski, barrett

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


In the interpretation of John 10:34-36 commentators have generally assumed that behind Jesus' words lies the intent by means of unanswerable formal argumentation to refute or at least to silence His opponents, the Pharisees, who have charged Him with blasphemy for claiming to be divine. A corollary of this assumption is the view that the statement "Scripture cannot be broken" means no more than "Scripture's statements are incontrovertible; if Scripture says something, that something is a fact." Acceptable as such a proposition in itself may be to Christian readers today, as well as to a Palestinian audience in Jesus' day, the exegetical question is whether this is an adequate expression of the primary sense of our Lord's assertion.


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John 10:34-36; Psalm 82:6; Matthew 5:17-18; Acts 5:38; Psalm 33:9; Matthew 1:21; Hebrews 4:8, 14; Isaiah 9:4-6; Judges 3:10; Judges 6:34; Judges 11:29; Judges 13:25; Judges 14:6-19; Judges 15:14;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars