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Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament

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Matthew 23:8

But be not ye called Rabbi (umeiv de mh klhthte Rabbei).
An apparent aside to the disciples. Note the emphatic position of umeiv. Some even regard verses 8-10 as a later addition and not part of this address to the Pharisees, but the apostles were present. Euthymius Zigabenus says: "Do not seek to be called (ingressive aorist subjunctive), if others call you this it will not be your fault." This is not far from the Master's meaning. Rabbi means "my great one," "my Master," apparently a comparatively new title in Christ's time.

 


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Robertson, A.T. "Commentary on Matthew 23:8". "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/rwp/view.cgi?book=mt&chapter=023&verse=008>. Broadman Press 1932,33, Renewal 1960.

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