Thursday, November 20, 2014

151. Matthew 10:10

He chose also seventy other missionaries933 besides the twelve. Now why, if the twelve followed the number of the twelve fountains of Elim,934 should not the seventy correspond to the like number of the palms of that place?935 Whatever be the Antitheses of the comparison, it is a diversity in the causes, not in the powers, which has mainly produced them. But if one does not keep in view the diversity of the causes,936 he is very apt to infer a difference of powers.937 When the children of Israel went out of Egypt, the Creator brought them forth laden with their spoils of gold and silver vessels, and with loads besides of raiment and unleavened dough;938 whereas Christ commanded His disciples not to carry even a staff939 for their journey. [Tertullian Adv Marc 4.24.1 KROYMANN Aem., CCL 1 (1954),(p.607, l.2) BP1]
It is conceivable that Tertullian did not see vv. 10:2, 3 and 9 in Mcg, and perhaps the prohibition on carrying purse and scrip in v. 10:4a. He does state that “Christ commanded His disciples not to carry even a staff for their journey,” which could be a reference back to v. 9:3, but given the mention of “Christ” rather than “Marcion’s Christ” is more likely to be taken from Mt 10:10a.

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