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Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament

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Matthew 22:36

The great commandment in the law (entolh megalh en twi nomwi).
The positive adjective is sometimes as high in rank as the superlative. See megav in Matthew 5:19 in contrast with elaxistov. The superlative megistov occurs in the N.T. only in 2 Peter 1:4. Possibly this scribe wishes to know which commandment stood first (Mark 12:28) with Jesus. "The scribes declared that there were 248 affirmative precepts, as many as the members of the human body; and 365 negative precepts, as many as the days in the year, the total being 613, the number of letters in the Decalogue" (Vincent). But Jesus cuts through such pettifogging hair-splitting to the heart of the problem.

 


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Robertson, A.T. "Commentary on Matthew 22:36". "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/rwp/view.cgi?book=mt&chapter=022&verse=036>. Broadman Press 1932,33, Renewal 1960.

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