At 11:57 AM 2/16/00 +0000, Ron Price wrote:
>I wrote re "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for
> >> Au_Matt was introducing one of his
> >> favourite words and (arguably) at the same time avoiding giving praise to
> >> a section of society for which he had no special concern.
>Mark Goodacre replied:
> >I disagree in particular with the last sentence. Is there any
> >evidence in Matthew that feeding the hungry is regarded as being
> >specially blessed? Indeed there is, in what is commonly accepted
> >to be one of the most blatantly Matthean passages in the Gospel,
> >25.31-46, "I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was
> >thirsty and you gave me something to drink . . . " etc.
> You have a good point here.
> However the analogy is not *quite* as strong as you suggest. There is
>a difference between blessing those who feed the hungry and blessing the
>hungry themselves. It is at least arguable that Au_Matt might have made
>such a distinction.
This is a very interesting discussion. While I don't have much to offer, I
am reading the thread carefully. The one comment I will make is that we
need to avoid oversimplification. When looking at Matthean references to
hunger and thirst (both are important), and especially, but not only,
Matthew 25, we need to keep in mind the complex relationship of Matthew 25
to Matthew 10:41 and, ultimately, to I Kings 13 (which Matthew surely has
in mind). Mark (Goodacre) is quite right that hunger - and I would add
thirst - is an important term in Matthew and (often at least) does
emphasize that feeding the hungry and giving drink to the thirsty are
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