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April 25, 2010


Rev. Bruce Baker

Thank you for this. The subjunctive mood insight is very helpful. The bishop of my diocese shared this exegesis with us in clergy bible study this afternoon. A fresh take on a well-known scripture verse.

John Petty

Thanks for the kind words. I'm no Greek scholar, but it has seemed to me that we ought to note this more than we do.

I usually translate the subjunctive as subjunctive in my own, admittedly rough, translations. The reason is because I think it ought to be taken into consideration that this is some different than a straight-out imperative.

Again, thanks for your note.


I would have liked to read more about the condition that Christ places on the remaining disciples - to love one another, as I have loved you. Too many people look to the first part to justify sinful ways, as in if you loved me, you wouldn't judge or criticize me. But the wisdom of Christ is realized in the second part of the command "as I have loved you."

Christ embraced, confronted, and rebuked his disciples in love, especially when they reached the wrong conclusions or were heading down the wrong path.

John Petty

I disagree. The Christian faith is not about judging others or trying to get them to straighten up and fly right. As someone once said, "Jesus didn't come to make bad people good, but to make dead people live."

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