The Parable of the Two Sons

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    Oct 20, 2016 10:25 PM GMT
    The Parable of the Two Sons

    When [Jesus] had come into the temple area, the chief priests and the elders of the people approached him as he was teaching and said, “By what authority are you doing these things?”

    [Jesus posed a question.] What is your opinion?

    A man had two sons. He went to the first and said, “Son, go out and work in the vineyard today.”

    He said in reply, “I will not,” but afterwards he changed his mind and went.
    The man went to the other son and gave the same order. He said in reply, “Yes, sir,” but did not go.

    Which of the two did his father’s will?

    They answered, “The first.”

    Jesus said to them, “Amen, I say to you, tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God before you.”



    The Gospel According to Matthew 21: 23, 28-31
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    Oct 20, 2016 10:26 PM GMT
    Dear Dr. Ehrman, did you have any problems with Matthew 21: 28-32, the parable about which son obeyed his father? I do not remember you writing about this in Jesus Interrupted; but, I have found an article by Daniel B. Wallace who is pointing out a textual problem, https://bible.org/article/which-son-obeyed-his-father-textual-problem-matthew-2129-31 .

    There are three versions of this story in early manuscripts of Matthew? Have you covered this in one of your many trade or academic/scholarly books, including textbooks? Personally, I’m thinking this is not a problem in Bible versions found in the U.S. but maybe Eastern Christianity vs Western Christianity. Is that the case?

    Thank you.

    Matthew 21:29-31 involves a rather complex textual problem. The variants cluster into three different groups:

    (1) The first son says “no” and later has a change of heart, and the second son says “yes” but does not go. The second son is called the one who does his father’s will! This reading is found in the Western manuscripts. But the reading is so hard as to be next to impossible. One can only suspect some tampering with the text (e.g., that the Pharisees would indeed give lip-service to obedience and would betray themselves in their very response) or extreme carelessness on the part of the scribe. (Either option, of course, is not improbable with this particular texttype, and with codex D in particular.) The other two major variants are more difficult to assess. Essentially, the responses are sensical (the son who does his father’s will is the one who changes his mind after saying “no”:

    (2) The first son says “no” and later has a change of heart, and the second son says “yes” but does does not go. But here, the first son is called the one who does his father’s will (unlike the Western reading). This is the reading found in א C* L W Δ Byz and many itala and Syriac witnesses.

    (3) The first son says “yes” but does not go, and the second son says “no” but later has a change of heart. This is the reading found in B Θ f13 700 and several versional witnesses.
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    Nov 02, 2016 6:16 PM GMT
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