Did Erasmus von Rotterdam deliberately add εἰ to Matthew 19:9?

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Dave L | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, May 4 2018 4:33 AM

Thanks for your reply. Either way, the "except" clause does not provide a loophole for divorce and remarriage on grounds of adultery. If it did, the innocent woman and the man she marries would be free from the charge of adultery. Since she was divorced from an adulterous husband. But Jesus says they commit adultery too.

If we translate "Except" using "if". It means the husband who divorces "if for fornication" also  commits adultery when he remarries. Also along with his first wife and the man she marries.

Paul teaches death alone, breaks the marriage bond and nothing else.

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Kennet | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, May 4 2018 3:02 PM

D. Instone-Brewer writes in ”Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels, Second Edition” Page: 215

The clause in Matthew 19:9 could indicate either an exception or an exclusion. If it is an exclusion, it means “Anyone who divorced his wife, even for immorality [which is not a permissible ground for divorce], and . . .” If it is an exception, it means “Anyone who divorced his wife, except for immorality [which is a permissible ground for divorce], and . . .” Virtually all translations assume that it means the latter, because Matthew 5:32 is unambiguous: parektos indicates an exception.”

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Dan Francis | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, May 4 2018 4:06 PM

Nevertheless, I will stay with my tried and trusted King James Bible for this one.  This would proclaim the woman innocent. 

My apolog if it was covered above, but the trouble with Erasmus Greek text was the pressure put on him to make it conform to the vulgate translation even when he did not want to. It was argued by some the Latin was more faithful because it was older than this new Greek text designed to give a standard Greek text. 


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Dave L | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, May 5 2018 6:07 AM

Since we are going against the rules of this board, I invite all who disagree with me on the Matthew 19:9 loophole for divorce and remarriage, to www.christiandiscourse.net. We could give it proper treatment there.

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Josh | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, May 5 2018 2:00 PM

This is a must read for anyone studying Jesus' marriage/divorce passages.


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Dave L | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, May 6 2018 4:34 AM

https://lmf12.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/divorce_aug_2014.pdf This is a free indepth study by Leslie McFall covering all of the above in great detail. 

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Vincent Chia | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, May 6 2018 10:59 PM

Thanks for the link to Dr Leslie Mcfall's ebook. It would be nice if it was published. 


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Daniel Kunz | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Mar 1 2020 6:45 PM

First thing to keep in mind: The main teaching is not in the exception clause!

2° thing to keep in mind: this exception clause it's only an exception for what Jesus is about to teach.

So, the main teaching of Jesus is in the sentence: 

"And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife and marries another, commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery.” 

You could also paraphrase it like this:

And i say to you, whoever divorces his wife, because* she is a bad cook, and marries another, commits adultery; and whoever marries her wo is divorced commits adultery. 

From now on, is simple to take conclusions, especially regarding the innocent part. It simple doesn't need any special exegesis or analyse of the syntax in the Greek text.


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Mattillo | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Mar 2 2020 5:39 AM

I haven't read this but it might be of interest: https://lexhampress.com/product/175899/jesus-divorce-and-remarriage-in-their-historical-setting 

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