As has been rightly argued, the name Legion in Mark 5,9 is a cryptic
the occupying force of a Roman legion. Matthew knew this full well . His
ecclesia was probably a direct post-70 descendent of the mother ''ecclesia"
and located in an area in which reference to Roman occupying forces was
So Matthew eliminated both the name "Legion" and the "dischilioi" swine.
Both Mark and Matthew are esoteric, written for the Christian Judean
in which the cryptic references could be interpreted by any local presbyter.
Since Luke wrote still later and his audience was Hellenistic and more
evidently did not take these precautionary measures. Luke wanted to give as
an account of his sources as possible.
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From: "Jim West" <jwest@...>
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Subject: [Synoptic-L] mk 5:13//
> Why do you think matthew and luke dropped out the number of swine that
> rushed headlong into the sea? Why is it only Mark who has the number?
> Dr Jim West
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