Since there seems to be a number of open questions
out on Crosstalk right now, I thought I would ask one
of my own:
I have read conflicting views on how to interpret
the use of the phrase "at hand" - as in the Kingdom
of God is at hand.
While the phrase makes it sound like the Kingdom
"is coming but hasn't quite arrived yet", if I look at
the actual events being used with the phrase, it would
seem that "at hand" is the equivalent to "is here."
1) Is there a general consensus in the JS or Crosstalk
communities about which meaning is the more
reliable? [ At Hand = "is coming" vs. "is here" ]
2) Does the phrase "at hand" contribute to the question
of which gospel was written first, and how Q might
fit in? The sense of this question is whether or not
a particular writer displays a pattern for how the
phrase "at hand" is used.
If you feel you have some useful insights into one or
both of these questions, please feel free to respond
via the Crosstalk list or OFFLIST.