The missing Abba and the directions for how to pray.
- John wrote:
> Now you claim Lk and Mt rejected the use of Abbawhen
> praying to God. Although the Lord's Prayer isare
> preserved in Greek why do you suppose the original
> Aramaic or Hebrew behind the Greek text does not use
> Abba? What other word do you suppose was used? Or
> you now going to say there was none and it is alater
> invention by these authors? Either way the argumentAbba.
> still is there that the use of PATER in Greek must
> have an equivalent in Hebrew or Aramaic which is
> So where is the objection posed by Lk or Mt to beThis statement is curious coming from someone who has
been saying all along that Mark copied Luke . Now we
have to explain the difference from an Aramaic source
behind Luke? The facts are there for anyone to see
John. Luke has a formula for prayer that does not
include ABBA. Where Mark uses ABBA , the term is
missing from Luke and Matthew. Matthew also prescribes
a method for prayer that does not include ABBA. And
Matthew also has ABBA missing from the Garden
narrative. Now Paul writing many years before either
of the Synoptics uses ABBA in the context of prayer.
The word is EXCLUSIVE to the text of Mark and the
Pauline Letters of Romans and Galatians. These are the
facts and they indicate that Paul has a broader
understanding of how one can relate to God the Father.
I say that is due to the influence of Greek Culture
and Classic Greek Literature in his upbringing and
that Mark has drawn it from the writing of Paul. One
thing for certain Mark did not come by this word while
copying Luke. I would say that if you want to defend
Lukes formula in conjuction with the absence of Abba
in the garden narrative you would have to show other
references where Abba is used in prayer among Jewish
believers. At least that is what I would look for if
confronted with this sort of evidence. Since I believe
Mark was first, I say it is missing because Matthew
and Luke did not like the term and the evidence that
they did not like it is that they took the time to
describe how to pray correctly.
Rick Richmond rickr2889@...
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