Wednesday, 7 November 2012

How does the Bible commentate on itself?(5)

I wrote in the Blog title 'How does the Bible commentate on itself?'(1) that I posted on 4th May 2012 that it has often been said that ‘the Bible is the best commentary on itself’.  How does this work?

One of the main keys to commentary is Word and Phrase Association.

For example, in Luke 19.10 Jesus said:
The Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost

There are clear Word and Phrase Associations with Ezekiel 34 in the underlined words in verses 11 and 16:
34.11 I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out.
34.16 I will seek what was lost and bring back what was driven away

The underlined Words and Phrases connect the passage in Luke 19 with the passage in Ezekiel 34.

But there is more to the commentary than the initial Word and Phrase Association.  It was the custom in the first century to use these Associations to point to the whole passage in which they occur, not just to the specific Associations.

                  So, here is another set of Word and Phrase Associations for you to match:

                  Which OT references match which Gospel references?: 

A. Proverbs 30.4                     N.  Jude 1.6

B. Isaiah 45.22                       O.  John 4.10

C. Ezekiel 36.25-26                P.  John 8.17

D. Proverbs 1.28-29               Q.  John 12.35

E. Psalm 2.7                            R.  John 7.37-38

F.  Zechariah 14.8                   S.   Matthew 17.5

G. Deuteronomy 17.6             T.   Matthew 3.17

H. Isaiah 42.1                         U.   John 8.51

I.  Isaiah 50.10                       V.   John 3.13

J. Genesis 6.4                       W.   Matthew 12.18

K. Psalm 89.48                      X.   John 7.34-35

L. Deuteronomy 18.15           Y.    John 3.14-15

                 M. Isaiah 55.1                         Z.    John 3.5  

                 Enjoy the search!!  The Answers will be posted on Sunday.

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